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2012 Land Rover LR2 Review

The 2012 Land Rover LR2 has impressive off-road capabilities, reviewers said, but it gets poor fuel economy and reviewers criticized its sluggish acceleration and sloppy on-road handling. 

Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road capabilities
  • Low fuel economy for the class
  • Underpowered engine
  • Lots of body roll in turns




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Land Rover LR2 Overview

The Land Rover LR2 is powered by a V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers found the engine underpowered and said acceleration is sluggish. The EPA estimates that the 2012 LR2 gets 15/22 mpg city/highway, which is one of the lowest fuel economy ratings in the class. With standard all-wheel drive and Land Rover's Terrain Response System, which allows the driver to select drive modes for different types of terrain, reviewers said the LR2 is incredibly capable off-road. However, critics found that the LR2 exhibits quite a bit of body roll in turns on pavement. Some also disliked the LR2's brakes, noting that they can be too sensitive, and that hard braking causes the nose to dive down quite a bit. Still, reviewers found that the LR2's soft suspension means that it rides fairly comfortably.

Some reviewers said the 2012 LR2 has first-rate interior materials while others said that rivals' cabins feel more luxurious. According to test drivers, the five-seat Land Rover LR2 has adequate legroom in the front and rear seats, though critics noted that the LR2's narrow rear doors can make it a bit tricky to get into the rear seats. The 2012 LR2 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, an auxiliary input, a nine-speaker stereo system and rear parking sensors. Available features include navigation, Bluetooth, a 13-speaker stereo system, heated front seats and satellite radio. Reviewers said the LR2's dashboard is cluttered with buttons, some of which can be confusing or hard to read. With up to 58.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, the Land Rover LR2 has a good amount of cargo space for the class.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque also comes with the Terrain Response System and earned reviewer praise for its off-road ruggedness when it was new, but it gets excellent fuel economy for the class. Test drivers also said the Evoque has poised handling on pavement and a compliant ride.

The 2012 Infiniti EX35 impressed reviewers with its zippy acceleration, and it also gets better fuel economy than the LR2. They also praised its nimble, sport sedan-like handling and liked its available Around View camera system, which uses multiple cameras to give a 360-degree view around the vehicle to improve vision for maneuvering in close quarters.

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