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In a market exploding with crossovers and tall hatchbacks, the Range Rover LR4 remains true to its SUV mission. You ride high atop a full-perimeter frame, four-wheel drive mechanicals, and all-terrain tires. It might not be in the largest SUV size category, but the LR4 is every bit of midsize with room for seven, 90 cubic feet of cargo space, and a standard V8. All things considered, it's a lot of SUV for the money.
With 375 horsepower on tap from its 5-liter V8, the LR4 hustles to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, so buyers don't have to sacrifice performance for space and all-weather capability. What they do have to sacrifice is fuel economy. At 12 mpg around town and 17 mpg on the highway, the LR4 is in the basement of SUV efficiency. Even the king-size Cadillac Escalade betters this rating by one mile per gallon
The LR4 compensates for this by offering lots of premium trimmings at no extra cost, while still managing to undercut most luxury SUVs of similar size in price. For example, all models have a regular sunroof, fixed glass roof over the rear, Harman Kardon sound system, and premium leather on the dash and doors -- not just the seats. The LR4 manages an extra level of exclusivity by offering a huge selection of exterior colors and no less than five wheel choices.
The adventuresome set will appreciate the Terrain Response System, which optimizes suspension and powertrain settings for the conditions you select, whether mud, rocks, snow, sand or on-road. It's an unusual and sophisticated feature, and right at home on a specialty vehicle like the Land Rover. The on-road setting, where the LRV will spend most of its time, provides a smooth, stress-free ride that proves that its luxury is more than skin deep.
One look inside the LR4 confirms that it is indeed a luxury vehicle from the start. Standard appointments include leather-trimmed seats, dash, and door panels; abundant planks of straight-grain walnut; an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with subwoofer; a sunroof up front; and a fixed glass roof over the rear. Obviously, Land Rover doesn't mess around when it comes to creature comforts.
There's an almost dizzying array of standard and extra-cost colors, both inside and out, and no fewer than five available wheel choices. The interior wood can be replaced by black lacquer for $200. High-end interior options such as a factory rear seat entertainment system and supple Windsor leather leave no doubt about the LR4's lofty place in the midsize SUV field.
V6 gives less power but better fuel economy, certain luxuries cost extra
Agile and handsome, more at home on pavement than trails
Standard V8 surprisingly efficient, a bit pricey
Top-end models suitably luxurious, but unproven in this price class