2004 Land Rover Freelander

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2004 Land Rover Freelander Review

A maneuverable and city-friendly option for those who like Land Rover but not the price and dimensions of its larger luxury options.

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Overview

The 2004 Land Rover Freelander classifies as a compact crossover SUV, which began production in 1997. The first generation spans from 1997 to 2006. These sell as a three-door convertible SUV or in a five-door SUV body style with a front-engine, four-wheel-drive layout.

The Freelander, similar to other vehicles in the Land Rover lineup, combines luxury and off-road capability. As a smaller and much more affordable SUV however, the Freelander does not seem quite as impressive offroad as the Range Rover or the Discovery and luxury features remain a bit more limited. It provides a more affordable Land Rover option with more convenient dimensions for city driving. The 2004 receives a new grille based on the Range Rover’s grille and the base S leaves the lineup.

The Range

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

What's New

For 2004, Land Rover only makes a few changes to the Freelander. It gets a larger grille inspired by the larger Range Rover, and the base S leaves the lineup. Only the SE, SE3, and HSE remain.

Exterior

Outside, the Freelander uses the traditional Land Rover style, with a long grille area, squared lights, and a somewhat boxy appearance, though the edges appear more rounded. It has a ground clearance of 8.1 inches for better off-road performance and a rigid unibody frame. The Freelander features 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power mirrors, a cargo cover, and a full-size spare tire mounted on the rear cargo door which swings out and has a power window.

Interior

The inside of the 2004 Land Rover Freelander feels roomy, seating five with two front bucket seats and a rear 60/40-split bench seat which folds down for additional cargo space. Leather covers come standard. Some of the standard features include audio controls on the steering wheel, rear privacy glass, and a security system with perimeter protection. The top-end HSE features an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system with a station identification system and a six-disc CD changer. Heated front seats remain optional.

Performance & Handling

The Freelander employs a 2.5-liter, 24-valve, dual-overhead-cam V-6 that produces 174 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. It uses a five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. Drivers can switch the transmission between Sport mode and Manual-Steptronic mode.

While the Range Rover offers outstanding off-road performance, the smaller Freelander seems more limited in this area with no low-range gearing. On the road the 2004 Land Rover Freelander offers a comfortable ride with quick acceleration from a stop. Acceleration at higher speeds is not as quick but competitive within its class and when not in Manual-Steptronic mode the automatic transmission sometimes feels jerky. Response and handling both prove outstanding, and despite a few shortcomings, the Freelander competes with comparably priced compact SUVs.

Safety

Some of the safety features on the 2004 Land Rover Freelander include all-terrain anti-lock brakes, a four-wheel electronic stability system, and push-button hill descent control. Side-impact airbags remain unavailable.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover Freelander: 18/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Price
  • Size
  • Luxury features
  • Stylish exterior
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • No low-range gearing
  • Odd control setup
  • Operation of automatic transmission
  • Fuel efficiency

Sum Up

A maneuverable and city-friendly option for those who like Land Rover but not the price and dimensions of its larger luxury options.

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