As you would expect from an SUV wearing the Land Rover badge, the midsize LR4's first priority is traversing any terrain, no matter how steep, rocky or slippery. It succeeds like mad in that regard while quenching discriminating buyers' thirst for luxury, craftsmanship and convenience.
What's New For 2015
The LR4 gets some new options such as adaptive cruise control and a suite of integrated smartphone apps.
Choosing Your LR4
Every LR4 packs a 3-liter supercharged V6 that produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine gets a stop-start function to assist with fuel efficiency. Full-time four-wheel drive comes standard, as does Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which adjusts the LR4's systems for optimal traction in four driver-selected surface conditions. The adjustable air suspension allows you to raise the suspension to maximize ground clearance off the road, or lower it for a smoother ride on pavement. For serious off-roaders, there's a Heavy Duty package with low-range gearing, a locking rear differential and a rock crawl driving mode. The LR4 is capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds.
Five-passenger seating is standard, but you can bump that to seven with the addition of a third row. Seven-passenger models get rear climate control and extended courtesy lighting.
The LR4 is available in three lavishly equipped trim levels:
Any LR4 can be outfitted with black lacquer interior trim (with matching steering wheel), 20-inch wheels, and a Black Design package, which consists of black exterior trim and black 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.
The difference between each trim is about $5,000. We recommend aiming for the middle with the HSE, which gets you navigation and seven-passenger capacity, plus access to some very useful safety technology.