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2013 Land Rover LR2 Review

Critics said the Land Rover LR2 is one of the best off-road SUVs in the class, but said it has sluggish acceleration and a rough ride on bumpy roads, and it gets poor fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road capabilities
  • Excellent outward visibility
  • Uncomfortable ride
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • Sluggish acceleration

New for 2013

  • Heavily refreshed
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine replaced six-cylinder engine

6.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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2013 Land Rover LR2 Overview

The 2013 Land Rover LR2 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and many critics said that acceleration is lackluster, especially from a stop. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The EPA estimates that the 2013 Land Rover LR2 gets 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is less than what most SUVs in the class get. Some critics found that the LR2’s ride quality is a bit jarring on bumpy roads. Some also complained about the imprecision and numb feel of the steering. The LR2 comes standard with four-wheel drive and Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which lets the driver select drive modes for different types of terrain. In terms of off-road capability, reviewers agreed that the Land Rover LR2 is one of the best options in the class.

Test drivers liked the 2013 Land Rover LR2's high-end cabin materials and that the center stack has less buttons and a simpler appearance than in previous models. However, other critics thought that the cabin still feels outdated. The five-seat Land Rover LR2’s high driving position offers great outward visibility, reviewers wrote, and most were pleased with the overall seating space. The Land Rover LR2 comes standard with leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and an 11-speaker Meridian audio system with a USB port and a 7-inch touch-screen display. Available features include heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 17-speaker Meridian audio system, satellite radio and navigation. Most reviewers found the climate controls and Terrain Response system easy to adjust thanks to their physical buttons. However, some critics commented that the touch screen complicates audio adjustments. The 2013 Land Rover LR2 has 58.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is par for the class.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers praised the 2013 Audi Q5's standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine for its ample power and the brisk acceleration it provides. The Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive and earns better fuel economy than the LR2.

According to test drivers, the 2013 Infiniti EX has sharp handling and a powerful standard V6 engine. They also liked its luxurious interior and straightforward audio and navigation controls.

Compare the LR2, Q5 and EX »

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