2014 Land Rover LR2 Review

Despite its commanding off-road ability, the four-wheel-drive 2014 Range Rover LR2 ranks at the bottom of its class, due to its subpar reliability rating, underwhelming on-road performance, and dated-looking interior design.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Slow acceleration from a stop
  • Clumsy handling
  • Stale interior design





Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Land Rover LR2 Overview

Is the 2014 Land Rover LR2 a Good Used SUV?

Whether you’re looking for an off-road vehicle or a status symbol, you can do better than the LR2. It feels underpowered from a stop, and it has low cornering limits with plenty of body lean. Also, the cabin design is not as fresh or refined as what you’ll find in rival cabins. All of that – coupled with the LR2’s below-average reliability rating – makes it difficult for us to recommend.

Used 2014 Land Rover LR2 Performance and Interior

The Land Rover LR2’s powertrain consists of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine provides good passing power, but it feels less responsive from a stop. Unlike other Land Rovers, the LR2 doesn’t offer a six-cylinder engine for more power. The LR2 delivers an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is below-average fuel economy for the class.

Unlike many smaller crossover SUVs, the LR2 has sloppy on-road handling. Also, ride quality ranges from comfortable on smooth pavement to harsh on bumpy roads. For off-roading, the four-wheel-drive LR2 features a Terrain Response System to give you optimal traction over different surface types, including grass, gravel, snow, mud, sand, and ruts. The LR2 has a maximum towing capacity of around 4,400 pounds.

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While the five-seat LR2 uses high-quality interior materials, its cabin design has a dated look, something that plagued it even when new. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Upgrades include premium leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The front seats are higher than most SUVS, giving it impressive visibility but also cutting into headroom. The rear seats are even higher, but the seating width back there is narrower than other luxury compact SUVs. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat.

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, automatic climate control, and an 11-speaker Meridian audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The LR2’s touch-screen controls require a few extra steps, but it’s easier to use than other infotainment systems on the market. Available features include a 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, a navigation system, and a built-in garage door opener.

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Used 2014 Land Rover LR2 Prices

Prices range from about $24,000 for a base LR2 model to around $26,100 for an HSE LUX model, depending on the vehicle's demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Land Rover LR2?

The 2014 Land Rover LR2 scores a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. Three is an average rating.

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How Safe Is the LR2?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tested the 2014 LR2. All models feature rear parking sensors. HSE models come with a rearview camera. The LR2 does not offer popular safety equipment like blind spot monitoring or adaptive cruise control.

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Should I Consider Another Used LR2?

Land Rover introduced the LR2 for 2008 and discontinued it at the conclusion of the 2015 model year. Land Rover updated the LR2’s touch screen for 2014, and the vehicle received only a minor feature reshuffling for 2015. Older models offer the same features for less money.

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Which Used Land Rover LR2 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Land Rover LR2 comes in three trims: LR2, HSE, and HSE LUX. For many shoppers, the Land Rover LR2 HSE is the most reasonable choice. It includes several more features than the base trim, including a rearview camera, driver’s seat position memory, and a built-in garage door opener.

You might also consider a certified pre-owned LR2. Land Rover extends its original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for certified pre-owned vehicles. Every CPO Land Rover must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Land Rover warranty page carefully

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2014 Land Rover LR2 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Land Rover LR2 or 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, another 2014 off-road SUV, has quicker acceleration, nimbler on-road handling, superior fuel economy, and a fresher interior design. Also, the Evoque comes standard with a rearview camera, a feature you’ll have to pay extra for in the LR2. On the other hand, the LR2 has better visibility and about 8 more cubic feet of cargo space. Both SUVs have poor reliability ratings, but if you have to pick one of the two, the Evoque is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2014 Land Rover LR2 or 2014 Acura RDX?

As long as you don’t need an off-road-ready SUV, the Acura RDX (available with either front- or all-wheel drive) is far better than the LR2. Unlike the LR2, the RDX has plenty of power and is one of the most athletic SUVs in its class. Inside, the RDX has more rear-seat legroom and –unlike the LR2 – comes standard with a rearview camera. With the RDX’s higher reliability rating and better fuel economy, it could also save you money down the road.

Which Is Better: 2014 Land Rover LR2 or 2014 Volvo XC60?

The Volvo XC60 is a more well-rounded SUV than the LR2. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, the XC60 strikes a great balance between handling ability and ride quality. The XC60 also has an above-average reliability rating and more cargo space than the LR2. Although the base XC60 feels sluggish off the line, several available turbo engines offer more power and quicker sprints from a stop. The XC60 is available with advanced safety tech like a driver alertness monitor and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

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