The Land Rover LR2 was first introduced to the U.S. market in 2007 for the 2008 model year, although it was in production since 1997 in other markets. The new Land Rover LR2 was the second generation of this compact crossover SUV, which is called the Freelander in Europe. For the 2009 model year, the base trim line was dropped by Land Rover, so only the Land Rover LR2 HSE was available.
Body Styles: five-door SUV
Engines: 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine
Transmissions: six-speed automatic transmission
Models: Land Rover LR2 HSE
The 2009 model year saw the loss of the base trim level of the Land Rover LR2. A new HST trim package became available as an optional extra, and other than that, the 2009 Land Rover LR2 is relatively unchanged from the 2008 model. By choosing the HST package, changes were made to the body of the crossover SUV. Body style changes included painted enhancements added to the front and rear bumpers, side sill enhancements, and dual exhaust tips. Cosmetic changes included a new grille and a new exterior paint color.
The 2009 Land Rover LR2 is built more for on-road driving versus off-road capabilities, although it does have a high ground clearance of 8.3 inches, and comes with all-wheel drive as standard. The crossover SUV is built using unibody construction and is fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. Other standard features include rain sensing windshield wipers, bi-xenon headlights, adaptive front lighting, and rear parking cameras. Upgrades include 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and titanium door handles.
As can be expected of any Land Rover, leather upholstery, wood trim, and a no-nonsense console and instrument panel, can be found in the 2009 Land Rover LR2. There is plenty of headroom and legroom for passengers as the rear seat can sit three children or two adults comfortably. Cargo space can feel a bit limited due to the fact that the rear cargo area has a high floor. The driving position is lower than other Land Rover models, but the telescoping steering wheel means that drivers of all sizes can find a comfortable position. Leather upholstery, power seats, a dual-zone climate control system, and a nine-speaker six CD/MP3 changer audio system are all standard features.
Various packages can be added to the 2009 Land Rover LR2 so that optional upgrades are included. The technology package features a touch screen navigation system and Bluetooth wireless connection, as well as other upgrades. The cold weather package adds heated front seats, and heated windshield and washer jets to the crossover SUV.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Land Rover LR2 is equipped with a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 230 horsepower and 234 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission that includes sport and manual shift modes. Although the crossover SUV comes with all-wheel drive only, it is fitted with the Land Rover terrain response system. Through the use of a switch on the console, the driver can alter both the suspension and the calibrations of the powertrain to suit various on and off-road conditions. The maximum towing capacity for the 2009 Land Rover LR2 is 3500 pounds.
Acceleration of the 2009 Land Rover LR2 is not great and can feel slow at times. At speed, it lacks punch that can make it struggle with passing. Steering can feel unresponsive at times, and the additional road clearance and height of the Land Rover LR2 can mean significant body lean when cornering. Braking is good, and the ride is comfortable both on and off the road due to the road clearance and terrain response system. Rear visibility can be limited by the back pillar.
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, an antiskid system, traction control, and front and side airbags. There are side airbags and side curtain airbags for all passengers, as well as a knee airbag for the driver. The stability control system is equipped with a rollover sensor.
EPA Fuel Economy
Land Rover LR2: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable ride on and off road
- Quality of build and interior materials
- Terrain response system technology
- Plenty of head and legroom for passengers
You Won't Like
- Body lean when cornering
- Mediocre acceleration
- Smaller cargo capacity
A comfortable on and off road luxury crossover SUV.
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