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2011 Land Rover LR2

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2011 Land Rover LR2 Review

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The 2011 Land Rover LR2 may be the company's smallest SUV, but it is every bit as capable is its better known siblings, The LR4 and Range Rover. Although based on Ford's C1 unit-body platform, the LR2 is unmistakably Land Rover, from its two bar grille and chrome side vents, to its boxy upright greenhouse. And, while the LR2's full-time "intelligent" all-wheel drive setup lacks the same dual range transfer case as the LR4 and Range Rover, its off-road prowess is in no dispute. When placed shoulder to shoulder with BMW's new X3 and Audi's Q5, the LR2 appears a bit dated. But, if you're a die-hard fan of the marquee, the LR2 is a great way to get into a Land Rover at a very reasonable price.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking British style and coachwork in a vehicle that is neither bombastic nor a stranger to off-road adventuring, the 2011 Land Rover LR2 is a good fit.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While its all-wheel-drive system is capable in snow and cut trails, the 2011 Land Rover LR2 is not expert at crawling over boulders or climbing near-vertical hills. If your off-road adventures boarder on the extreme, the LR4, Jeep Wrangler or even the Toyota FJ Cruiser might be a better choice.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2011, Land Rover gives the LR2 a slight interior and exterior freshening, adding a new bumper and two-bar grille, larger side mirror glass, a new instrument cluster and some new colors and fabrics.

Driving the LR2

Driving Impressions The 2011 Land Rover LR2 is a comfortable and capable SUV. Its 3.2.-liter six-cylinder engine has more than enough power to help the LR2 scoot along, running from zero to...

60 in a respectable 8.4 seconds. Better still, the 2011 Land Rover LR2 can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is one of the best tow ratings in its class. The LR2 features a host of electronic aids to assist both on and off road, including Dynamic Stability Control, traction control, Roll Stability Control and Land Rover's patented Gradient Release Control and Hill Descent Control. The full-time "intelligent" all-wheel drive system is bolstered by Land Rover's Terrain Response System that features four different settings designed to tackle anything from slippery roads, to gravel paths, to deep snow or sandy trails.

Terrain Response System
This exclusive Land Rover standard feature matches up throttle, transmission, anti-lock brakes and ESP programming, by using one of four different computer algorithms that optimize power delivery characteristics, no matter what kind of surface you're driving on – from grass to snow to sand to plain old pavement.

Excellent Interior Space
In keeping with a longstanding Land Rover tradition, the 2011 Land Rover LR2's cabin is roomy and flexible. The rear seat can comfortably accommodate two adults or three children, and folds flat to expand cargo capacity from 26.5 cubic feet to a maximum 58.9 cubic feet of space.

2011 Land Rover LR2 Details
Interior

The 2011 Land Rover LR2 receives an even more luxurious interior this year, with particular attention paid to the LUX Package's seating. A choice between Napoli or Windsor leather is offered, each with its own complimentary trim and wood package, as well as unique floor mats. The LR2's roomy cabin can comfortably fit four tall adults, and head room front and rear is never an issue; the LR2 also has a generous cargo hold, even with the rear seat in place. The LR2's driver is presented with a simple but clear set of instruments and control panels, while passengers will discover the LR2 provides plenty of cup holders, power points (three 12-volt outlets total) and storage bins.

Exterior

Land Rover wisely avoided trying to make the 2011 LR2 appear as a mini-Range Rover. While it still has enough identifiable styling cues to mark it as a Land Rover, the LR2 has a style all its own. Softer edges and more rounded sheetmetal mark the major difference between the LR2 and its older siblings and, despite its 8.3-inches of ground clearance, stepping in and out of the LR2 is nearly as easy as with a standard passenger car. The LR2 provides plenty of glass all around and even an enormous dual-panel glass sunroof to let in sunlight and provide excellent outward visibility. Available 19-inch wheels and tires further solidify the LR2's premium off-road status.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The multifaceted 2011 Land Rover LR2 bolsters its impressive mechanical roster of all-wheel drive, Roll Stability Control (RSC), Terrain Response System, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Hill Descent Control/Gradient Release Control with numerous people-pleasing touches. Topping the list are a host of power assists, dual-zone climate control, nine-speaker AM/FM/MP3 320-watt Alpine sound system with single CD player, wood or metallic-look accent trim, and six-way power driver and four-way power passenger leather-trimmed bucket seats. Other standards include 60/40 flat-folding rear bench seat, a panoramic sunroof with a front sliding element and fixed rear glass, cruise control, rear park assist, front and rear foglights, headlamp washers, and rain-sensing wipers. Passive restraints include dual front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, plus an inflatable driver's knee bolster.

Optional Equipment

With its extensive array of standard features, the list of 2011 Land Rover LR2 factory extras is decidedly brief. A Climate Comfort Package adds heating to the front seats, windshield and windshield washers, while the Bluetooth and Satellite package adds Bluetooth phone connectivity and Sirius Satellite Radio. The HSE package brings Bluetooth and Sirius, corner-following Bi-xenon HID adaptive front lighting, memory driver's seat, HD Radio, and power tilt-down mirrors, as well as approach and puddle lamps. The HSE LUX package includes all this plus 480-watt 13-speaker Alpine/Dolby Pro Logic II 7.1 Surround Sound audio system and rear-seat audio controls, Windsor leather seating and eight-way driver/six-way passenger front seats. Stand alone options include DVD navigation, 19-inch wheels and tires, and black lacquer or metal finish appliqués.

Under the Hood

Powering the 2011 Land Rover LR2 is a 3.2-liter DOHC in-line six coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Shared with former Ford partner Volvo, this compact, all-aluminum engine features a variable intake system, Cam Profile Switching (CPS) and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) that optimize its responsiveness. In the LR2 it also receives additional modifications to improve resistance to dust, mud and water intrusions, as well as supplemental oil pan baffling to ensure consistent lubrication when the LR2 is being driven on severe inclines. The new six-speed automatic transmission is a solid match, providing both a Sport mode that holds gears longer for quicker acceleration and a CommandShift gate that lets it function like a sequential manual gearbox.

3.2-liter in-line 6
230 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
234 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

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2011 Land Rover LR2 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 77 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Love, love, love my LR2

By on Friday, May 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "gorgeous, awesome turning ratio, good in snow"

Cons: "towing capability limited to 3300 lbs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2008 LR2 brand new - and simply love it almost 8 years later. I looked at all the SUVs before purchasing this vehicle. What made my decision was the turning ratio, still amazes me, plus its good looks. Sadly looking to get a new vehicle because I need to be able to tow more than the LR2 can handle. Minimal tweaks (gas gauge stopped working, weird knocking sound) needed on the vehicle and all were under warranty as it happened early."

have owned for 8 months, it's been a great so far

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"bought a 2011 lr2 8 mths ago. it now has 51000 mls. it's been great so far. no problems. very solid and quiet. it did come with a 6 yr/100,000 mile warranty, but no problems. previous owner had no problems either. did my own oil change, pretty easy. white with almond, very sharp looking car. wish it got better gas millage, but worth it.. fairly quick. great in the snow. can't wait to get it on the beach this summer."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Purchased Used - Gonna Keep for a Long TIME

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks, road feel, traction, comfort, shifting"

Cons: "No audible feedback when remote locking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2008 LR2 SE to replace my 2005 Honda Pilot EX-L that was nearing 150000 miles and beginning to worry me because of repair costs (i.e., alternator, engine mounts, struts, etc.). Besides, my plan for the last 3 vehicles I have owned is to purchase them used with under 100k miles and then sell them just around 150k miles. I'm not so sure that I'll do the same with this LR2. I love the way it handles. I love the way it looks. I love the reliability. The first couple of days of driving it around I missed the interior space of my Pilot. But, really that's all I missed about my Pilot (and it's a great vehicle). I now have a way better turning radius. I fit everywhere: alleys, narrow off-road trails, parking spots. The AWD feels amazing in rain, terrain, and dunno about snow yet, but I'm gonna guess that it handles it's business there too. The other things I love include the height of the vehicle, which makes it much easier to put my toddlers into their carseats; the automatic everything (lights, doors, windows); sport/command shifting; dual moonroofs (I may be the only one to like the mesh shades); and the visibility around the car makes me feel like I never have a blindspot. Did I mention I LOVE this vehicle? So, why not a 10/10 for value and overall? Mostly because I feel that vehicles, in general, are too expensive and this rover is no execption. And the one pet peeve with the LR2 is that you don't get audible feedback when remote locking it--it's the opposite actually, if you hear the horn it means something is open. You have to listen for the audible click of the door locks or look for the lights. Kind of bizarro that one little thing."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very Satisfied With 2013 LR2 HSE

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have a 2013 LR2 HSE. Originally I was looking for a BMW X3, Volvo XC-60, or an Audi Q3, basically a smaller luxury SUV/Crossover. But after test driving them all, I went with Land Rover. The visibility in the LR2 is incomparable, and the stadium seating for both front and rear passengers is fantastic--great views out all of the windows. The 4 cylinder engine feels just like a V6, no issues punching it to merge onto the freeway, and the handling is very nimble for a taller non-sports type vehicle. It handles wonderfully in the rain, I can't yet comment on other terrains. The rear seats fold completely flat, which may or not be a deal breaker for you, but we use the vehicle primarily for our business, to haul items around, with the added bonus of it being very fun and capable to drive, with a comfortable interior, understated yet stylish dashboard panel (love how many of the features are located through the control system on the steering wheel, freeing up cluttery knobs and buttons all over the place) and pretty much all the bells and whistles you can ask for. Only downside I can say would be no front parking sensors (although I heard they are offered if you purchase new) and power liftgate--but the rear trunk is so easy to manually open and close, it's not that much of an issue when I weigh it against everything else I get in the HSE model. Overall, I am very pleased!"

10 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Best SUV in this price range

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Super good looking vehicle, fun"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I always liked the Range Rover, but have not owned one yet. This Land Rover LR2 looks a lot like the more expensive Range Rover. Interior is similar, too. I was afraid of expensive repairs, but have driven this from mid-Illinois to Dallas, TX twice this year with NO problems at all. I bought it used with 86,000 miles on it and now have 103,000. One year ownership. No repairs. The factory brakes last a long time and have not replaced them yet. I get about 18 miles to the gal, average with mostly city driving. Also, three people fit pretty comfortable in the back seats -has 3 seat belts."

21 people out of 32 found this review helpful

Just purchased new 2015 LR2 HSE!

By on Monday, December 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great driver-passenger visibility & comfort"

Cons: "not enough storage space for stuff (like glasses)."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I loved the styling of the car, so that won out in the end. I looked at Lexus RX and GX models, plus Kia Sorento and Toyota Highlander (Kia over Highlander - drive and see). Ultimately, the LR is its own style and ride. It's not an SUV on car chassis, and it drove better than the GX, which felt like a truck. If you like boxy off-road and rugged, there's few good alternatives. I love the view from the driver's seat - great visibility, plus I'm getting used to all the tech features (like a heated steering wheel). I live in New England, so I needed an SUV that would be great in snow, ice, and torrential rains. It's a bit more rugged in feel and handling than the Lexus RX, and that's what I wanted. The RX had a weirdly placed main dial to control the computer. Not well designed. The LR2 has dashboard that is great and all the buttons & knobs are very well designed placed. Know it's a difficult model to get. If you want one, I would go for a test drive ASAP. There is a new LR starting soon, and it's likely to replace the LR2, so current lot models may be all that is available?? Also know that current models have a V4 and older ones a V6. It does show slightly in both the drive and MPG. For horsepower and torque, it's about equal - in other words, the V6 is not necessarily more hp than the newer v4. The acceleration on the LR2 was fine - it's a heavy SUV, so don't think Porsche. The LR2 will surprise you for the size SUV that it is, as the pick up is sufficient & fun."

17 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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