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2003 Land Rover Freelander

  • 2003 Land Rover Freelander HSE Sport Utility

    HSE Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      19
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      174/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $31,575
  • 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE3 Hard Top Sport Utility

    SE3 Hard Top Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      174/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $27,775
  • 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE Sport Utility

    SE Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      174/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $27,775
  • 2003 Land Rover Freelander s Sport Utility

    s Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      19
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      174/177
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $24,975
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2003 Land Rover Freelander Review

Lacks premium status.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2003 Land Rover Freelander debuted in 2002 as a cheap alternative for those wanting a Land Rover but not wanting to make the large financial investment necessary to own one. Still, the Land Rover Freelander remains a bit expensive, especially when considering what it offers.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Freelander S, Land Rover Freelander SE3, Land Rover Freelander SE, Land Rover Freelander HSE

What's New

The 2003 Land Rover Freelander receives a few changes to its build. The Freelander gets a larger gas tank, and the climate control system shows a few updates that makes it a bit more efficient. Land Rover now offers a three-door SE3 version.

Exterior

The exterior of the Land Rover Freelander has very clean lines that harken back to the classic Range Rover form. The front bumper looks very large and broad, and it extends all the way back to the wheel wells. The 2003 Land Rover Freelander measures 175 inches overall and sits on a 101-inch wheelbase.

The Land Rover Freelander makes a strong off-road option like the Range Rover. It results from the body-on-frame design, and the cross-members under the body keep the vehicle rigid even when riding over large rocks and bumpy terrain. The Land Rover Freelander rides on 16-inch alloy wheels on the S, and the SE gets 17-inch wheels. Standard features include remote power door locks, power mirrors, and one touch window controls.

Interior

The 2003 Land Rover Freelander fits five passengers quite comfortably. The vehicle has two bucket seats in the front and a rear bench seat with a 60/40 split. The bench folds down for greater cargo space. With the seats in place, the Land Rover Freelander carries 19.3 cubic feet of cargo. With the seats removed the vehicle gets 46.6 cubic feet of space. The seats also feel a bit too stiff, making long rides a bit uncomfortable.

The base Freelance S comes equipped with a driver’s seat with manually adjustable lumbar support, cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear seatback, a folding center armrest, cruise control, a cargo net, a front console with storage, power steering, front cup holders, retained accessory power, 12V front and 12V rear power outlets, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, cruise controls on the steering wheel, air-conditioning, a cargo area light, eight speakers, an 80-watt stereo output, an AM/FM stereo with a single CD player, and a radio data system.

Performance & Handling

The Freelander comes equipped with a 2.5-liter, 24-valve, dual overhead cam V-6 that produces 175 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs with a five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The vehicle also has standard full-time four-wheel drive. It provides more stability than then Range Rover when offroad. The transmission features two modes, a Sport or Manual-Steptronic mode that allows you greater control over the vehicle.

The 2003 Land Rover Freelander has a taller stance than many other SUVs on the market. This seems great when looking over the road, but strange when looking down at the gauges. They look small, hard to read, and feel far away. The radio controls seem especially difficult to understand. Even worse, the cup holders sit on top of the dashboard, in a small compartment that barely holds them.

The engine seems pretty vigorous, but acceleration struggles a bit behind the somewhat weak V-6 engine. The steering feel of the vehicle gets very heavy and feels hard to control. It even feels heavier than what you find on the big Range Rover.

Safety

The 2003 Land Rover Freelander comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, an anti-theft alarm system, ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, rear-door child safety locks, an engine immobilizer, two front headrests, three rear headrests, a rear center three-point seat belt, front seat belt pretensioners, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and traction control.

The Freelander has not been tested by the NHTSA. However, the IIHS gives it mixed results. The Land Rover Freelander awards it an ?acceptable? rating, its second best, for frontal-offset collisions. However, it gives the Land Rover Freelander its worst score of ?poor? for side impacts.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Freelander S: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Land Rover Freelander SE3: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Land Rover Freelander SE: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Land Rover Freelander HSE: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Hill Descent Control
  • All-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • On- and off-road handling

You Won't Like

  • Minimal cargo space
  • Too pricey
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Weak V-6 engine for its class
  • Rear drum brakes

Sum Up

Lacks premium status.

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