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2009 Land Rover LR3 Review
Acceptable on road, exceptional off road.
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When the 2009 Land Rover LR3 was unveiled, the model lineup for the premium midsize SUV was reduced to just one model. In previous years, the SE and HSE models were available, but for 2009, one single base model was produced with two optional trim levels: the HSE and HSE LUX. The 2009 Land Rover LR3 provides an SUV for those looking for more than the Land Rover LR2 crossover SUV, but that costs less than Range Rover Sport.
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic transmission
Models: Land Rover LR3
Besides the reduction in models available for the 2009 Land Rover LR3, and the addition of two optional trim levels, very little else has changed from the 2008 model. With the change in models, standard features were also adjusted, so that the base model now comes with 19-inch wheels and fender flares, bumpers, and lower tailgate trim all painted the same color as the body.
The stepped roofline and steeply raked windshield give the 2009 Land Rover LR3 an upright and safari-chic look. It is built using a body construction method developed by Land Rover called integrated body frame construction, which leads to its height but also makes the 2009 Land Rover LR3 quite heavy. The extra weight can lead to reductions in performance, handling, and agility of the midsize SUV.
The interior of the 2009 Land Rover LR3 is filled with luxury items and remains true to the Land Rover style. Leather upholstery is standard, as is a dual-zone climate control system, power front seats and front sunroof, a tilt steering wheel, and a new nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The 2009 Land Rover LR3 seats five, but with the addition of an optional third bench, seven passengers can be carried. There is plenty of head and legroom within the SUV, even in the optional third row of seating due to the elevated roof. When not in use, the third bench folds away, but when it is out, it can be difficult for passengers to access.
Adding the HSE trim package includes a Bluetooth wireless connection, a power-tilt steering wheel, heated seats in the front and rear, satellite radio, and a navigation system for both on and off-road travel. With the HSE LUX trim package, additional features include upgraded leather interior, a driver-seat memory system, and a chilled bin found in the center console.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Land Rover LR3 is equipped with all-wheel drive with low-range gearing. The all-wheel-drive system can be adjusted for five different types of road conditions: normal, snow/grass/gravel, mud, sand, and rock crawl. The Land Rover terrain response system allows the adjustment of the suspension by the driver using a switch on the console. It is fitted with an air-spring suspension that has four ride heights and also automatically adjusts the suspension using electronic sensors. These systems ensure that the 2009 Land Rover LR3 has impressive off-road capabilities while still providing excellent on road handling.
The 4.4-liter V-8 engine provides 300 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque to the 2009 Land Rover LR3. The six-speed automatic transmission ensures that enough power is provided to this heavy midsize SUV during acceleration, even when passing. The LR3 handles well and is maneuverable in tight spaces, but it can feel tippy and experience body lean when cornering due to its height. The weight of the SUV and power of the engine mean that fuel economy is relatively poor for the 2009 Land Rover LR3. The maximum towing capacity for the 2009 Land Rover LR3 is 7700 lbs.
Anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, hill descent control, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags are all included as standard safety equipment. Included with the stability control system is rollover mitigation technology. The base and both trim packages are fitted with rear parking sensors, while the HSE package also includes front bumper sensors.
EPA Fuel Economy
- True off-road ability
- Comfortable interior with high-quality features
- On-road handling and passing power
You Won't Like
- Very low gas mileage
- Instrument and control panel can be confusing and hard to use
- Difficult to access third row of seating
Acceptable on road, exceptional off road.
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