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2013 Land Rover LR4 Review

The 2013 Land Rover LR4 is a capable off-roader, but its low reliability rating and high cost of ownership push its ranking to near the bottom of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road capabilities
  • Strong V8 engine
  • Low fuel economy numbers
  • Hard-to-use tech features
  • Feels tippy in corners




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Land Rover LR4 Overview

Is the 2013 Land Rover LR4 a Good Used SUV?

A used 2013 LR4 is not a good luxury midsize SUV. It doesn’t work well as a daily driver, gets terrible fuel economy, and doesn’t handle curves well. The available third row is only suitable for children, and the second row doesn’t slide forward or back. Still, the LR4 has impressive off-road capabilities.

Used 2013 Land Rover LR4 Performance and Interior

The LR4 has a 375-horsepower V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard. The engine has plenty of power to move the LR4 up to speed, and the smooth-shifting transmission delivers that power when you need it. If only the ride were smoother. On the pavement, the LR4 has significant body roll through curves. Fuel economy is low for the class: 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway.

The LR4 shines when it leaves the pavement. The standard Terrain Response system has driving modes for mud, gravel, grass, snow, and rocks. There’s also an air suspension system that lowers or raises the LR4 as needed. Hill descent control rounds out the LR4’s off-roading features.

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The LR4 comes standard with seating for five on leather upholstery. First- and second-row heated seats are available. The driver’s seat affords a great view of the road, and there’s plenty of legroom in both rows. An available third row adds room for two more passengers, but there’s only enough room back there for children. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. However, the second row doesn’t slide, so front-seat passengers may have to slide forward to accommodate the youngsters.

Cargo space is good in models that have only two rows. There’s 42.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 90.3 behind the first row. The available third row allows only 9.9 cubic feet when those seats are upright.

The LR4 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch touch screen, and a USB port. Available features include a voice-activated infotainment system, navigation, rear climate controls, a 17-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a rear-seat DVD system, and a rear-seat cooler box. The standard infotainment system requires too many steps to access even basic features, and the available navigation system is slow to respond to inputs.

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Used 2013 Land Rover LR4 Prices

The price of a used 2013 Land Rover LR4 ranges from about $31,700 for the base trim to around $32,000 for the HSE Lux trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Land Rover LR4?

The 2013 Land Rover LR4 has a reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. That’s the lowest rating possible across the auto industry and well below the luxury midsize SUV segment’s average of 3.5.

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How Safe Is the LR4?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tested the 2013 LR4.

The LR4 comes standard with a rear parking sensor. Available features include a rearview camera, a front parking sensor, and a five-camera surround-view system. An available tow assist feature shows the direction of the LR4 and a trailer while in reverse.

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Is the 2013 LR4 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Land Rover LR4 is part of a generation that spanned the 2010 through 2016 model years. You may want to consider a 2012 LR4 to save money, since there were no significant changes between the 2012 and 2013 model years. Although the 2014 LR4 will likely cost you more, it has a 340-horsepower six-cylinder engine that gets better fuel economy by 2 mpg while only sacrificing 35 horsepower.

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Which Used Land Rover LR4 Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Land Rover LR4 comes in three trim levels: LR4, HSE, and HSE Lux. The base LR4 comes with an electronic air suspension, alloy wheels, variable ride height, halogen headlamps, cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers. The Land Rover LR4 HSE adds a third row, automatic headlights, keyless entry, and a 10-disc CD player. The HSE Lux offers a cooler box, a 17-speaker stereo system, and automatic Xenon headlamps with power washers. Since the extra features do little to increase the LR4’s appeal, the base model is the right trim level to choose.

With vehicles that have a poor reliability rating like the LR4’s, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for peace of mind. 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. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Land Rover LR4 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Land Rover LR4 or 2013 Acura MDX?

The 3-row Acura MDX is a much better vehicle than the LR4. We named the MDX our 2013 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. It has nimbler handling and sharper steering than the plodding Land Rover. The MDX also has a well-built interior, with first-rate materials and easy-to-used infotainment and navigation systems. That said, the MDX is not a good off-roader.

Which Is Better: 2013 Land Rover LR4 or 2013 Volvo XC90?

The 2013 Volvo XC90 is a 3-row SUV that has much lower ownership costs than the LR4. However, the XC90 lags behind the Land Rover in other ways. The Volvo’s base engine has 135 less horsepower than the LR4’s. The XC90 is also not a vehicle you’ll want to take off road. Still, neither is a good choice among luxury midsize SUVs. You’ll find better performance and reliability elsewhere.

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