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in 2011 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $47,310 - $60,472
Original MSRP: $78,835 - $94,615
MPG: 12 City / 18 Hwy
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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Performance

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Critics say the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover can basically do it all. Reviewers appreciate its smooth on-road performance, augmented by the two available 5.0-liter V8 engines. The Range Rover’s upscale cachet belies off-road capabilities that few others can compete with. Reviewers say the 510 ponies under the hood of the upgraded Supercharged trim blast behemoths like the Cadillac Escalade out of the water.

  • "Range Rover is a mountain goat off-road, and car-like on the road." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In addition to being able to travel the autobahn at speeds up to 140 mph, the Range Rover is quite happy chugging along off-road. The trails we tackled outside Barcelona were quite impressive and the overall experience was rather relaxing and confidence inspiring." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "When your shoe meets the gas and the pedal hits the carpet, your back meets the seat and your brain takes a shot of dopamine. It's an intoxicating process that you'll want to repeat over and over. This, of course, came back to bite us at the gas pump, where we recorded an average fuel economy of just 10 miles per gallon." -- Autoblog 
  • “Despite its ability to navigate daunting terrain, the wildest environment the Range Rover is likely to encounter is the metro freeway system. Driven in the civilized world, the quiet cabin and smooth ride give the Range Rover a luxury-sedan-like demeanor with an elevated view.” -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover has two engine options. The base Range Rover HSE and the HSE Lux come with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. This engine was new for the 2010 model year, and so far reviewers have said that it provides more than enough power for everyday use. However, if you’re looking for that sports-car punch, reviewers recommend upgrading to the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 available on the aptly-named Supercharged trim. This engine puts some serious power to the pavement, making 510 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a standard automatic transmission with manual mode.

Unfortunately, all of this horsepower combined with a heavy frame and full-time four-wheel drive results in depressingly low fuel economy ratings. The EPA estimates that both engines get 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. And if that wasn’t enough, Land Rover recommends using only premium gasoline in the Range Rover, bringing the annual estimated fuel cost to $4,081. Unfortunately, these numbers are below what most other SUVs in its class get, but chances are good that if you can afford a Range Rover, you don’t need to be too concerned with fuel costs in the first place.

  • "Though heavyweights, HSE versions have ample power for daily driving. Land Rover quotes 7.2 seconds 0-60 mph for HSE. Supercharged models are impressively stronger, and Land Rover's claim of 5.9 seconds 0-60 mph feels right. The transmission is smooth and the progressive throttle makes it easy to match power delivery to demand.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “The standard V8's power is immediately noticeable, with the Supercharged model's acceleration rivaling that of many sports cars.” -- Edmunds
  • "This Rover pulls like it's drinking diesel, and even sounds a bit like it at idle. When we could pry our ears away from the sound system, we even heard the faint whine of the supercharger.” -- Autoblog

Handling and Braking

Many truck-based, off-road focused SUVs have a bumpy ride and roly-poly handling when they get hit the pavement. That’s not the case with the 2011 Range Rover. Reviewers love its smooth car-like ride that tames the Range Rover’s off-road beast.

  • "While the engine works its magic, the Range Rover Supercharged's air suspension also has a multitude of tricks up its sleeve that range from basic to brilliant." -- Autoblog
  • "There is good grip, and the small-for-its-class turning circle is a boon for close-quarters driving. Stopping performance is impressive for a big SUV.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “Driven in the civilized world, the quiet cabin and smooth ride give the Range Rover a luxury-sedan-like demeanor with an elevated view. Even though this vehicle tips the scales at nearly 3 tons, it still feels stable and offers a good amount of steering feedback.” -- Edmunds
  • "Supple ride…Could be sportier." -- Car and Driver

Off-Roading

While many buyers may never use their Range Rover for much more than getting the kids to school on a snowy day, Land Rover still fits the Range Rover with some of the most hardcore off-roading equipment available. The 2011 Range Rover comes standard with a terrain response system, which allows the driver to select the type of surface they’re traveling on (Rock Crawl, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and Grass/Gravel/Snow), and adjusts the powertrain accordingly. It also features Land Rover’s Hill Descent Control system, sort of a cruise control for downhill rock crawling. Probably the Range Rover’s most useful off-road tech is its Hill Start Assist, which maintains brake pressure while the driver moves his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator. This means that when starting on a hill, the Range Rover won’t roll backwards when it switches from the brake to the throttle.

  • "Ready to climb Kilimanjaro at a moment’s notice." -- Car and Driver
  • “Taken off-road, the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover is even more impressive. Taking time to read the manual pays off handsomely, since climbing or descending a seemingly insurmountable summit is nearly effortless if the vehicle is properly configured. This rarely used capability is a testament to the Range Rover's decades of development, high ground clearance and wide-ranging wheel articulation.”  -- Edmunds
  • "On the brilliant end of the spectrum is Terrain Response. If you're using a Range Rover the way the blokes from Gaydon intended, then you'll encounter road conditions other than flat and smooth. Terrain Response is ready to help out with settings for Rock Crawl, Mud and Ruts, Sand, Grass/Gravel/Snow and the standard road going setting. It sounds gimmicky, but works wonderfully. The system controls the vehicle's braking, throttle response and engine speed to make sure the Range Rover goes exactly where you intend.” -- Autoblog

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