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2012 Land Rover LR4

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2012 Land Rover LR4 Review

What should've been used in Jurassic Park

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview
When looking for a luxury SUV, the Land Rover LR4 covers all the bases and much more. Typical to the Land Rover mantra the LR4 can go anywhere and do anything while attracting eyes nonstop.

All of the features expected of a Land Rover vehicle make the cut including the Terrain Response System which enables the LR4 to get out of any jam almost unscathed. The cabin is lined with the usual leather and wood and the high seating position enables a commanding view of the road. The ride both on and off-road is refined to a point where the ride is equally as comfortable.

The 5.0-liter V-8 engine is responsible for 375 horsepower and was borrowed from Jaguar increasing the engine's output by 25-percent over the prior 4.4-liter powertrain. The LR4 is another installment from Land Rover proving you go anywhere and look good doing it.

The Range

Body style: SUV
Engine: 5.0-liter V-8
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: V-8, HSE, HSE Plus, HSE Lux, HSE Lux Plus

What's New

After going through minor changes to the adjustable Terrain Response System last year the LR4 remains unchanged for the 2012 model year.

Exterior

Offered in a single model, the LR4 features 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lights situated both in the front and rear, and rear parking sensors. Other features include heated mirrors and rain-sensing wipers. If opting for the HSE package you'll get a rearview camera and different 19-inch wheels. A rear-locking differential, 360-degree parking camera system, and 20-inch wheels are also on the options list.

Interior

The LR4 doesn't contains high-quality leather. While not as good as the Ranger Rover, the LR4 still holds its own with soft touch materials on the steering wheel, dashboard, and seats. Stadium-style seating provides a view of the road only Land Rover can provide. Large windows along with the elongated sunroof give off the sense of a cavernous cabin and make handling easier. The interior feels modern with all of the buttons and gauges reflecting that sentiment. While raising and lower the rear seats can prove to be somewhat of a hassle, it's worth the 90 cubic feet of cargo space.

Performance & Handling

All-wheel drive and the Terrain Response System enable to the LR4 to go anywhere and make it back out in one piece unassisted. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine borrowed from Jaguar powers the LR4 and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The ride both on and off the road is just as refined with steering and ride feel second to none in its class. A stout towing capacity of up to 7716 pounds is manageable for the LR4 when equipped properly, but that comes with a corpulent curb weight of 5750 pounds.

Safety

Standard safety features on the LR4 include an interior stuffed to the gills with airbags. Everywhere you look, front, side, curtains, airbags make their presence known. Stability and traction control are the norm along with hill descent and gradient control. Other safety features include anti-lock brakes, hill start, and roll mitigation control.

EPA Fuel Economy

All models: 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Off-road capabilities
  • Cavernous cabin
  • Smooth V-8
  • Versatile

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy

Sum Up

What should've been used in Jurassic Park

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X5
  • Lexus GX460
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

See the New 2014 LR4.

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