2010 Land Rover LR2 Review

The 2010 Land Rover LR2 is one of the best 2010 compact SUVs for off-roading. However, poor fuel economy and a cramped back seat mean it may not be the most practical vehicle in the class for daily driving.

Pros & Cons

  • Unrivaled off-road capability
  • Luxurious, elegant interior
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lethargic engine




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 Land Rover LR2 Overview

When it was new, reviewers said the Land Rover LR2 combines an upscale interior with unmatched off-roading ability. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and a terrain response system that allows the driver to adjust the drivetrain for different off-road conditions. However, some noted that on pavement, the LR2 has poor acceleration and fuel economy.

Under the LR2’s hood is a 3.2-liter V6 that makes 230 horsepower. This power output is one of the lowest in the class, and is part of the reason why critics said the LR2 feels so sluggish. Fuel economy isn’t that great either at 15/22 mpg city/highway, which is one of the lowest ratings in the class. With the back seats folded down, the LR2 can carry up to 58.9 cubic feet of cargo, which isn’t among the largest, but is still typical for the class.

Critics said the LR2 has a luxurious interior that seems to draw inspiration from more upscale Land Rover models. Most said the front seats were comfortable, but several noted that those in the back felt cramped, though that’s a common complaint of many vehicles in this class. Standard features include leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control and a nine-speaker Alpine stereo. Features like adaptive headlights, Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation and an upgraded stereo are available in various option packages. The LR2 received a minor facelift for 2010, but has otherwise 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 don’t need the off-road capabilities of the LR2, you may like the 2010 BMW X3. Critics said the X3 has very good handling on paved roads, and is even available with a manual transmission, which driving enthusiasts may like. The X3 also boasts more cargo space, so it may be a bit more practical for use as a family vehicle.

Another alternative to consider is the 2010 Acura RDX. The RDX also has sporty handling on paved roads, and its fuel economy is better than that of the LR2. Although it is sportier, several critics said some of its interior materials felt cheap, so if you’re looking for luxury, the RDX may not be as good as others.

Compare the LR2 to the X3 and RDX »


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