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2013 Land Rover LR2

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2013 Land Rover LR2 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.6

With the stylish and highly-capable Range Rover Evoque hogging the lion's share of the limelight, it's easy to overlook the entry-level Land Rover LR2. In an attempt to shift some attention away from its scene-stealing stablemate, the LR2 is treated to a number of functional and aesthetic revamps for 2013. Despite being the least-expensive vehicle in Land Rover's lineup, the 2013 LR2 still embodies the go-anywhere bravado of the brand's flagship models, thanks to ample ground clearance, plenty of off-road tech and standard 4-wheel drive. But when it comes to the type of refinement, comfort and panache expected of a luxury SUV, the Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3 and Audi Q5 simply outclass the LR2.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need an SUV with real off-road capability or just desire the image of such, the 2013 Land Rover LR2 will likely meet your distinctive criteria. And, since the LR2 is a relatively low-volume product, it has a tendency to stand out among the vast field of luxury SUVs.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who would gladly trade a measure of off-road performance for a significant increase in sophistication and comfort will find the Audi Q5, BMW X3 or value-packed Acura RDX more appealing. While its upfront price seems attractive, Land Rover's enduring reputation for spotty reliability means the LR2 has some of the lowest residual values in the industry.

What's New for 2013

Land Rover has applied numerous changes to its gateway model for the 2013 model year. Key alterations include a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, improved interior electronics, a slight cosmetic face-lift and a new dash layout.

Driving the LR2

Driving Impressions While "carlike" is a term often associated with luxury SUVs, the 2013 Land Rover LR2 feels noticeably more ponderous on the road than its rivals. Nonetheless, there's a confidence to...

the way it negotiates corners and tight parking spaces. Bumps and road irregularities are absorbed with minimal fuss, yielding a ride that is neither too soft nor too stiff-legged. Wind and road noise, on the other hand, are constant companions at highway speeds. Inside, the awkwardly-tall seating position might cause some drivers to feel as if they are steering from a lifeguard tower, though it does make for exceptional outward visibility.

Once off-road, the 2013 LR2 is pure Land Rover. The broad power curve and smooth throttle response of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine make negotiating slippery obstacles a cinch. And, unlike the outgoing 6-cylinder engine, the LR2's new powerplant delivers the right amount of low-end torque for passing and merging.

TERRAIN RESPONSE
To enhance traction and stability on a wide range of surfaces, the standard Terrain Response system can tailor certain vehicle characteristics by way of four driver-selectable settings, such as grass/gravel/snow, mud and ruts, sand, and normal driving.

MERIDIAN SOUND SYSTEM
Pumping out 825 watts of music power through 17 speakers, the newly-optional Meridian premium sound system provides audiophiles with the type of tonal accuracy, strong sound staging and crisp dynamics to which they're accustomed.

2013 Land Rover LR2 Details
Interior

The fully recast dash is more elegant and less cluttered than before with simple, straightforward controls in place of a sea of buttons. Materials quality is good enough to satisfy expectations in the segment, though there are some cheap-looking plastics in evidence. And, while the next-generation navigation features look good on paper, they fail to improve upon the previous system's overly-complex menus, finicky location searches and jumbled graphics. On a more pragmatic front, the Land Rover LR2 can carry up to 59 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded, which is on par with or better than other vehicles in the category.

Exterior

Although it takes a keen eye to identify the cosmetic revisions, the new 10-spoke wheels, redesigned upper grille and LED-infused lighting elements front and rear succeed in providing the 2013 Land Rover LR2 with a more contemporary appearance while still retaining its classic styling cues. High-end HSE and HSE Lux models further distinguish themselves with silver-painted grille bar inserts, fender vents and rear finisher strip. Even with the elevated seating position, the LR2's step-in height is quite manageable for most adults. Likewise, the relatively low cargo floor helps minimize the strain of loading a week's worth of groceries.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 5-passenger 2013 Land Rover LR2 is offered in base, HSE and HSE Lux trim levels. In base form, the LR2 comes equipped with the Terrain Response traction management system, a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery and an 11-speaker audio system paired with a 7-inch touch-screen display. Mid-tier HSE models add a backup camera, rear park distance control and xenon headlights, while primo HSE Lux versions are highlighted by a Meridian premium audio system and an 8-way power driver's seat (6-way is standard). In terms of safety, every 2013 LR2 includes seven airbags, rollover mitigation control and active head restraints designed to help protect against whiplash injuries.

Optional Equipment

Snowbelters and the terminally-cold will rejoice at the heated steering wheel and heated front seats that comprise the cold climate package. If navigation tops your list of must-have features, we suggest you look to the aftermarket in lieu of the optional factory unit. And, while it may not be a deal-breaker, the Land Rover LR2's lack of a power liftgate is a glaring omission, particularly since nearly all luxury SUVs have offered such a convenience for the better part of a decade.

Under the Hood

A new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine – the same Ford-designed EcoBoost powerplant used in the Evoque – replaces the 3.2-liter inline-6 of the former model. With 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of peak torque, it tops the outgoing 6-cylinder engine by 10 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque. The carryover 6-speed automatic transmission now incorporates Land Rover's Intelligent Power System Management (IPSM), which recovers kinetic energy during deceleration and braking to charge the battery in the most energy-efficient manner. These powertrain changes translate to a 15-percent uptick in fuel economy while delivering an improved 0-60-mph time of around 8.2 seconds (down from 8.4).

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower 5,500 rpm
250 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg

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2013 Land Rover LR2 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 79 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
    9.0/10

Perfect road trip vehicle

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable commanding driving in all weather"

Cons: "every thing is pricy to repair"

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

"Great car. Land Rover really did a great job on this car. The engine is perfectly matched to this car. It has really great performance. Fuel economy as expected for a car this size. Plenty luggage space for the average road trip. You can sleep in it with the back seats down. In general it is great fun to drive on the road and highly capable off road. It really shines when the weather gets lousy. Traction in snow and mud and rain is outstanding. It makes you wish for bad weather."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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."

21 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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."

8 people out of 11 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."

4 people out of 6 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!"

15 people out of 26 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

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