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2009 Land Rover LR2 Review

The 2009 Land Rover LR2 is one of the strongest off-roaders in the class, but unless you need its rugged capability, other 2009 compact SUVs have more refined road manners and equally luxurious interiors.

Pros & Cons

  • Unmatched off-road prowess
  • Upscale interior
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Underwhelming engine




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Land Rover LR2 Overview

When it was new, reviewers liked the LR2’s ability to conquer rough terrain and its interior, saying that it draws inspiration from more upscale and expensive Land Rover SUVs. Most said that its suspension soaks up enough road imperfections to make its on-road ride comfortable, but it lacks the precise handling of many competitors.

Powering the LR2 is a 230-horsepower V6 that most critics found competent but underwhelming. All-wheel drive is standard, as is Land Rover’s Terrain Response System, which received praise for adapting the suspension to various types of terrain. Fuel economy is among the worst in the class, at an EPA-estimated 15/22 mpg city/highway, while reliability is rated a tad below its rivals’.

Reviewers were impressed with the LR2’s interior. Most said the seats in the front and back were comfortable, though the back row drew some gripes about being too cramped, which is a common complaint in this class. The LR2 can carry up to 58.9 cubic feet of cargo, which is about average for the class. With respect to features, the LR2 comes standard with a dual-panel sunroof, leather seats with front power adjustment, dual-zone climate control and a nine-speaker Alpine stereo. Various option packages add features like an upgraded stereo, Bluetooth, navigation and satellite radio. The LR2 has gone mostly unchanged since 2008, so you may be able to save some money by shopping for an older model.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you prefer something with athletic handling on pavement, check out the 2009 BMW X3. Critics regarded it as one of the sportiest 2009 compact SUVs available, with agile, sport-sedan handling. The X3 can also carry more cargo than the LR2, but its off-road capability doesn’t touch that of the Land Rover.

Another 2009 compact SUV you may like is the 2009 Acura RDX. Critics regarded the RDX as being fairly well-rounded, with a comfortable, yet sporty, ride on pavement and a spacious interior. Its fuel economy is better than that of the LR2, but again, it doesn’t come close in off-road prowess.

Compare the LR2 to the X3 and RDX »


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