By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 8/1/2011
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 It 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.Favorite Features
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.