2008 Land Rover LR3

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2008 Land Rover LR3 Review

Offers a lot of impressive features with a reputation for being unreliable.

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Overview

At first look, the 2008 Land Rover LR3 offers just about anything an SUV could offer. Combined with an intuitive suspension, its 4.4-liter V-8 engine offers 300 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque that makes off-road adventure a possibility, an area where many SUVs cannot follow through. The 2008 LR3 also has a comfortable, spacious interior that can accommodate up to seven passengers.

A closer look reveals a different story. The interior is comfortable, but it has cheap buttons and knobs. Also, it has complicated controls that can make it hard to keep everyone comfortable and entertained without taking the eyes off the road. The final blow, however, is its reliability or lack thereof. The 2008 Land Rover LR3 has been plagued by reports of poor performance and undependability.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic transmission
Models: SE, HSE

What's New

Land Rover dropped the V-6 engine, making the 4.4-liter V-8 standard on all LR3 models. An either-way power passenger seat also comes standard on 2008 models. The HSE now has a power-adjustable tilt steering wheel with memory function. The 2008 Luxury package offers nicer leather upholstery for 2008 models.

Exterior

The 2008 Land Rover LR3 has a unique exterior look. It's stripped down aesthetics make it look like an experienced traveler rather than a pampered commuter. It might not win any beauty competitions, but there is definitely something attractive about its no-nonsense vibe.

Interior

First off, the 2008 Land Rover LR3 has a spacious interior with three rows of seating. Stadium seating makes it easy for the driver to see the road or trail ahead. It's comfortable and even gives passengers in the third row enough room to sit comfortably. It does, however, suffer from a few problems when compared to its competitors. The interior has a lot of features, which are lovable. Dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, and a nine-speaker stereo system will keep passengers comfortable and entertained.

The dash is cluttered with controls for the audio, climate, and transmission systems, making it difficult to keep an eye on the road while making adjustments. Drivers should expect to have control over more aspects of their vehicles, but at some point it becomes confusing. The plastic control buttons and knobs also feel a bit cheap when compared to those of the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Land Rover LR3 comes with a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that offers 300 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque, allowing drivers to tow up to 7700 pounds or hit off-road trails with confidence. Power is delivered to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. However, drivers get a little more control over the LR3 than most automatic vehicles thanks to a rotary knob that lets them select a setting that optimizes performance for specific driving conditions: sand, rock crawl, mud and ruts, snow-grass-gravel, general. Unfortunately, the LR3's excessive weight hampers its performance. Even with 300 horses under the hood, it just can't pull through that overweight feeling.

The 2008 LR3 gets positive reviews for its responsive handling. It has a tight turning radius that makes it possible to maneuver in just about any situation. It also has a suspension system that offers a smooth, quiet ride. Consumers may feel a little nervous on tight turns since this SUV's high center of gravity can make it feel like it's about to roll over at any minute.

Safety

The 2008 Land Rover LR3 has a ton of safety features, including anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat airbags, three-row head curtain airbags, hill-descent control, and stability control with rollover mitigation technology. Rear parking sensors also come standard of the 2008 LR3. Front bumper sensors are optional for the SE, but come standard on the HSE. Consumers can also choose to add adaptive headlights to either model.

EPA Fuel Economy

Land Rover LR3: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable interior
  • Good suspension for off-road driving

You Won't Like

  • Heavy weight undermines performance
  • Complicated controls for audio and climate
  • Not as reliable as some competitors

Sum Up

Offers a lot of impressive features with a reputation for being unreliable.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X5
  • Mercedes-Benz GL450
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