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2005 Land Rover LR3 Review
A high-end off-road experience.
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The 2005 Land Rover LR3 contains a powerful V-8 engine with sufficient power for exciting off-road experiences. The interior reaches a step above the Range Rover with better-quality materials and more luxurious features and design. The LR3 sits at the top of the luxury SUV class. The suspension uses an advanced design suitable for both on-road driving and off-road adventures. Three rows of seats give the Land Rover LR3 extra passenger carrying capacity. The audio system delivers more than enough wattage to power the numerous speakers. The only disadvantage to the LR3 concerns its higher price than competing luxury SUVs, but most previous owners believe the design, features, and enhanced performance make the LR3 a good buy. It comes in two models that allow for some variety.
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover LR3 SE, Land Rover LR3 HSE
Co-designers BMW and Ford make changes to the body of the 2005 Land Rover LR3. The new, 300-horsepower engine in the HSE comes from Jaguar. The Land Rover LR3 SE provides a new midsize model first made available in 2005, and includes plenty of high-tech features.
The Land Rover LR3 SE features 18-inch alloy wheels while the LR3 HSE has 19-inch alloy wheels. A steel spare wheel comes with both models, accompanied by a temporary all-season spare tire. The 2005 Land Rover LR3 SE comes with speed-sensitive windshield wipers while the LR3 HSE’s front wipers sense rain as well. Tinted glass increases privacy. The SE has a rear wiper and a roof rack for exterior cargo. The extra features available on the HSE include a fixed glass rear sunroof and a power glass sunroof; the combination of the two provides for good lighting and the power sunroof helps air circulation. Both models have a rear liftgate door for access to the rear of the vehicle.
The front and rear seats of both submodels have the same specifications and features. The front bucket seats come upholstered in leather and head, leg, and shoulder room all exceed 40 inches. The driver’s seat power-adjusts eight ways and the front-passenger seat adjusts six ways. Both front seats also offer height adjustment. The split-folding rear seats have a little bit less legroom but still feel roomy and comfortable. Rear ventilation ducts remain available to allow for some air circulation in the rear. The audio and cruise controls can be found on the steering wheel of both versions of the 2005 Land Rover LR3. Leather trim on the shift knob, center console, and steering enhance the interior as well. The SE’s audio system uses nine speakers with a 240-watt system that does not compare well to the HSE’s audio system, which includes 14 speakers and a subwoofer for a 550-watt system. Both audio systems come with a six-disc CD changer.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Land Rover LR3 has a refined powertrain that provides easy shifting and does not allow for shortages in power. The manual shifting proves convenient for off-road experiences but for on-road driving the automatic shifting seems more than satisfactory. The suspension feels tight and gives the LR3 a smooth ride on most roadways while the off-road suspension performance is acceptable. The new controls seem hard to get accustomed to, but the LR3 makes an improvement from its predecessor, the Land Rover Discovery.
The four-wheel anti-lock brake system has ventilated disc brakes in both the front and rear. Head airbags protect all passengers from front-end collisions. The front also has dual side-mounted airbags with head protection chambers to protect the front passenger and the driver from side-impact collisions. The high-intensity discharge headlamps pair with fog lights for extra visibility and make the 2005 Land Rover LR3 more visible to oncoming traffic. The rear center three-point seat belt helps the center passenger stay just as protected as other passengers. Electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control all work together with the full-time four-wheel drive to reassure the driver that the LR3 almost never loses its grip on the roadway or off-road surfaces.
EPA Fuel Economy
Land Rover LR3 HSE: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Front and rear airbags
- Advanced suspension good for on-road and off-road travel
- Leather upholstery
- Co-designed style
- Jaguar engine
You Won't Like
- More expensive than its competitors
- Inefficient fuel economy
A high-end off-road experience.
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