Even though the 2006 Land Rover LR3 is the least expensive model of Land Rover, it has the largest seating capacity, carrying seven passengers.
The LR3 comes in a base model, which contains a 216-horsepower V-6 engine. It also comes in SE and HSE models, which feature a 300-horsepower V-8 engine. The LR3 third-row seat comes standard on the HSE model and remains an option for the Base and SE models. All three models come with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. Standard features also include side-impact and side curtain airbags for all rows. With a console switch, the driver has the ability to change suspension and powertrain calibrations in order to accommodate driving conditions, such as slippery pavement, sand, mud, and low-speed off-road driving, as well as normal driving conditions.
Other standard features include an anti-lock braking system, hill descent control, traction and anti-skid control with rollover sensors, and an air-spring suspension with variable ride heights and load levelers. In addition, the LR3 has a standard locking center differential and an optional locking rear differential. Navigation systems come standard on the HSE and optional on the SE. Other available options include leather and heated front seats.
Body styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover LR3, Land Rover LR3 SE, Land Rover LR3 HSE
The Land Rover LR3 is all new, replacing the 2005 Discovery with improvements such as increased interior space and better on-road driving, but with the same off-road capabilities expected of the Land Rover. The LR3 has its own distinctive style with a front end similar to the Range Rover and a bold look. Other improvements include the seven-passenger seating capacity and a more comfortable and roomy interior. In addition, it has a stronger construction with a new body frame constructed of magnesium, aluminum, and Boron steel that makes it strong but lightweight.
The Land Rover LR3 measures 13.6 inches longer than the Discovery, giving it superior highway stability, particularly when towing. The LR3 has a contemporary but utilitarian appearance. One of the attractive features is the stepped roofline that not only gives it a distinctive visual profile, but also allows more headroom inside. Another attractive feature, the asymmetric rear tailgate, has a clamshell top half for easy opening and a standard lower half for easy access, reducing load lift height. The design preserves a sheltered, foldout tailgate that can come in handy for tailgate parties or camping. Another uncommon feature is an air intake vent on one side only.
The interior features many added improvements, such as driver and front passenger power-adjustable seats and armrests. The second row offers generous headroom and legroom, and even the third row has ample seating room for passengers.
The double sunroof gives the cabin a spacious and airy feel, and the windowsills sit well below shoulder level. This lowers the center of gravity and improves forward and downward vision.
The second- and third-row seats fold down into the foot-well, giving a very flat surface with a six-foot loading area. The seats also fold independently, providing many options for seating and cargo.
Additional interior features include four glove compartments, numerous drink holders, and grab handles built into the front-seat headrests.
Performance & Handling
Driving on paved surfaces gives the sensation of sturdy security in the 2006 Land Rover LR3. The driver and passengers sit above average-sized cars, and the ride feels quiet, smooth, and safe. The solid steering wheel transmits little vibration from the road. The suspension absorbs potholes and uneven pavement, making them barely noticeable.
The 2006 Land Rover LR3 comes loaded with safety features. The standard safety features include front and rear airbags, side-impact airbags with head protection, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, engine immobilizer, stability and traction control, and driver and passenger head restraint whiplash protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Land Rover LR3 SE: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Land Rover LR3 HSE: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Advanced suspension suited for on-road and off-road driving
- Flat-folding second- and third-row seats
- Powerful V-8 engine
- Comfortable, smooth, and quiet ride
- Seven-passenger seating capacity
You Won't Like
- Heavy overall weight affects performance
- Small, complicated controls for audio and climate control
A popular vehicle with a comfortable and quiet ride.
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