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7.8

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety: N/A
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2011 Land Rover LR4 Review

The 2011 Land Rover LR4 has one of the nicest interiors in the class and excellent off-road performance, but middling on-road performance and low fuel economy lead reviewers to recommend other SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Unmatched off-road performance in its class
  • Powerful engine
  • Easy-to-use electronics
  • Luxurious interior
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Rivals are better on-road
  • Cramped available third row

New for 2011

  • Standard Bluetooth, available upgraded around-view cameras, new off-road tech

2011 Land Rover LR4 Overview

If you need an SUV that can crawl over hill, dale and boulder to get to your remote cabin on the weekend, and one that looks good taking your kids to school on Monday morning, the 2011 Land Rover LR4 is a good choice. It’s nearly unmatched in off-road situations, with an adjustable air suspension and different settings for various terrains. Though its engine guzzles gas, it also has lots of power. Test drivers mentioned that the LR4’s electronics were fairly easy to use, which is an important advantage in a class where many interface systems are being replaced by complicated touch-screens and single-knob controls. Test drivers raved about the LR4’s beautiful cabin design, ample headroom, great visibility and comfortable seats.

The Land Rover LR4’s standard features list is about average for its class. Base models come standard with an eight-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, eight-way power-adjustable leather-trimmed front seats, walnut trim and push-button start. If you want lots of luxury features, you should upgrade to a Land Rover Range Rover Sport or a full-size Range Rover instead, since the LR4’s options list wasn’t very long when it was new. It includes third-row seats, heated front and second rows and a heated steering wheel.

If you don’t plan to take advantage of the LR4’s vast off-road capability, nearly every other SUV in the class is a better option. Its available third row of seats is cramped, its fuel economy is terrible and competing crossovers are much more comfortable to drive on paved roads.

See the full list of 2011 Land Rover LR4 specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz M-Class may not have quite as much off-road capability as the LR4, but it makes up for that with much better on-road handling. It’s available with a whole host of powertrains, including a hybrid, a diesel and gas-powered V6 and V8 engines, and can even be had in a high-performance AMG trim. Its interior is more high-tech than the LR4’s.

The 2011 Lexus GX may be a more practical version of a luxury off-road SUV. It also comes with a ton of standard features. Plus, test drivers loved its well-made and attractively-designed cabin, in addition to its burly off-road prowess. The GX is also a bit more maneuverable and comfortable than the LR4 on paved roads.

Compare the LR4 to the M-Class and GX »

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