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2007 Land Rover LR3

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2007 Land Rover LR3 Review

Versatility, luxury, and nameplate that the neighbors will envy.

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Overview

When it comes to today’s sport utility vehicles (SUVs), the 2007 Land Rover LR3 lives up to most expectations of off-road capability and pavement driving, with the trademark elegance of the Land Rover. There are two engine choices, the base V-6 and optional V-8, producing 216 and 300 horsepower (hp), respectively. The materials are excellent, with the build-quality of an SUV, leather seating, and beautiful interior furnishings. There is an optional third-row seat addition, which brings the carrying capacity to seven passengers in the V-6 model. The interior is enhanced with a power sunroof and a premium Harman Kardon, nine-speaker, surround-sound system. The ride is decent on the pavement, but the LR3 is well engineered for the best four-wheeling and off-roading in the segment. The Land Rover name comes with bragging rights, and a hint of glamorous appeal that most owners enjoy. That being said, the LR3 is not nearly as snobby as other Land Rover models. As a capable SUV that can handle slick turnpikes or muddy bogs with the same level of performance, and features enough space to carry seven passengers with more than enough cargo room, the LR3 makes a very worthy selection.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6, 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover LR3 V6SE, Land Rover LR3 V8SE, Land Rover LR3 V8HSE

What's New

The 2007 Land Rover LR3 added leather upholstery, a nine-speaker sound system, and a power sunroof to the standard list of features. The V-8 trim levels come standard with seven-passenger capacity due to the new installation of third-row seating. All driver’s seats are now power-adjustable, the turn signal has a new three-position flash, the instrument panel now includes a clock, and one-touch power windows have been added to the list of features for the LR3.

Exterior

The 2007 Land Rover LR3 has a unique shape that most people recognize, with a slightly boxy design that speaks to its ruggedness and durability. Standard exterior features include 18-inch alloy wheels on the SE models, and 19-inch wheels on the HSE models. Additionally, the trim levels include a roof rack, a rear defogger, a power glass sunroof, intermittent wipers, and a rear window wiper. There are many colors to pick when personalizing the SUV to suit any preference. Packages can be added for other exterior features like adaptive headlights, a full-size spare tire, and parking sensors.

Interior

The midsize 2007 Land Rover LR3 can seat seven passengers very comfortably inside the spacious cabin, and the cleverly-incorporated storage solutions further enhance the functionality of the interior. The power sunroof makes the view even better for passengers. Standard equipment on the SE level includes leather upholstery, automatic climate control that is dual-zone functional, a 240-watt, nine-speaker, Harman Kardon, six-CD disc changer audio system, a power front seat, and an input jack for an MP3 player. The most luxurious trim level, the HSE, has the 550-watt, 14-speaker Harman Kardon system with surround sound, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, and memory setting functions for the driver. Either SUV can include optional heated seating for the front and second-row seats. The cargo capacity is around 90 cubic feet, for hauling large equipment and luggage.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Land Rover LR3 comes with two engine choices: the 4.0-liter V-6 produces 216 hp, and the 4.4-liter V-8 generates 300 hp. The HSE model comes standard with the V-8. Each of the engines is coupled with an automatic six-speed transmission, and a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system. There is a rotary knob that controls five settings for sand, mud and ruts, snow-grass-gravel, general, and rock crawl. Everything is impressively optimized, from the stability control system to the throttle response. It has an independent suspension that uses electronically controlled air springs to adapt to the type of terrain and off-road conditions that most drivers will experience. Towing ability is sufficient for an equipped V-8, and can tow around 7,700 pounds. The V-6 engine does not provide as much power as the V-8, but both of the models can handle large loads. The comfortable ride comes from its advanced, fully independent suspension, and the rack-and-pinion steering gives the LR3 a very crisp feel.

Safety

The 2007 Land Rover LR3 has several standard features, including side and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, hill-descent control, traction control, parking sensors, and adaptive headlights. The HSE has standard bumper sensors, and the SE has optional bumper sensors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover LR3: N/A

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Back rows have fold-flat seats
  • Advanced suspension enables easy cruising or off-road ventures

You Won't Like

  • Performance hindered by weight
  • Climate and audio controls are complicated
  • Build quality is spotty

Sum Up

Versatility, luxury, and nameplate that the neighbors will envy.

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