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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
By amanda on Thursday, July 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Haven't had an issue with the LR2 and really enjoy riding it. The SUV isn't bulky like some others and offers great visibility when driving. 2 thumbs up!"
6 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By msrover on Thursday, July 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Safe, attractive, fun to drive, good service"
Cons: "None that I have experienced yet."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had this car for three years now, purchased as a demo with 4,000 miles on it. While it does not have a great deal of mileage on it, and I confess to "pampering" it (I do not drive it "hard"), the car has been reliable, provides me with a sense of security, and is actually fun to drive. Great pick up when I need it. I LOVE the appearance of the car in particular! I am thinking of keeping it even after the warranty runs out in January, as I would hate to change what I have. I got a great deal on it from the dealer in Massachusetts where we used to live, and have had great service on it both there and now in FL where we live. I wonder if a new one would be as good as this!"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Al on Friday, February 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nicely equipped vehicle"
Cons: "No center console"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"The 2011 LR2 is a great vehicle if you enjoy the great outdoors. As an avid hiker and snowshoer the LR2 performs well throughout the mountains in winter. Very comfortable seating with adequate power under the hood. The negatives at 35,000 miles are the original Continental tires had to be replaced and this vehicle is also a little thirsty."
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By andrey on Thursday, October 24, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price is great, but only on a used one. Great ride"
Cons: "It will break, but so is anythingelse you will buy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"So I went to the dealer to buy 2011 Volvo XC60 and ended up buying 2010 LR2 HSE black on black all options, because under the hood they are exactly the same. LR2 did have more room and better interior, in my opinion. Before I signed the paper I had my dealer take it to Land Rover dealer and replace door seals, arm rest, key fob, tires (you bet!!), and a few days later rear differential bearing (was making noise). All this at 32K miles. Land Rover dealer service were super nice, by the way. All repairs paid for by warranty. This SUV ended up being super clean and perfect all around, I took it home for $25K. Soon after I replaced filthy semi-metallic brakes (still in new condition, just filthy) with premium ceramic pads and premium rotors. Now it is truly perfect. Volvo guts are holding up just fine. I fix my cars by myself, I spend a lot of time underneath and I will say the LR2 exhaust pipe is very rusty, and rust is found on a hood and some brackets here and there. Rust and Land Rover are made for each other I guess. Now, I am prepared to replace anything on this car by myself, since it is a Land Rover, it is just a matter of time. I even have a same year Volvo XC90 as a backup (wife's daily driver, she loves it more than my LR2 only because LR2 has a sportier/stiffer ride feel). So, I love it, would recommend it to all those who can deal with occasional repair here or there. For the money, you will not find a better deal (equipment wise, 4X4, leather and all that)."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Cheryl on Friday, August 16, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive!"
Cons: "expensive frequent repairs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Seems like the car has had more than it's share of problems. Expensive to repair. Key fob is entirely too expensive and it should last the life of the car (or have rechargeable or replaceable batteries)!"
9 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By TheOzarks on Thursday, July 04, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "MPG/ Electronics/ Driver view/"
Cons: "Wind noise at highway speeds"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Previously owned a 2008 Range Rover ..the LR2 is of different quality due to it's pricing. Drives well. The Terrain Response System is really exceptional. The updated integrated electronics is very good and the sound system is phenomenal. MPG in mixed driving is a whopping 27.1 already! I coast and don't use cruise control ..and refrain from jump-starts from a stop."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful