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.