By Zach Vlasuk - Updated Date: 3/1/2012
Today, American roadways are practically teeming with car-based luxury SUVs, but the 2012 Land Rover LR4 preserves the English marque's traditional recipe of blending exceptional off-road capability with modern luxury vehicle refinement. The LR4's deftness in the dirt is owed to its impressive arsenal of off-road features, which include 4-corner air suspension, a multi-terrain traction control system and an available locking rear differential. Among mid-size challengers such as the Lexus GX, Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the Infiniti JX, the Land Rover LR4 offers a distinctive taste of classic English craftsmanship steeped in iconic heritage.You'll Like This Car If...
If your definition of go-anywhere versatility involves family ventures off the beaten path as opposed to frequent weekend trips to Home Depot, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 suitably fits the bill.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a 7-passenger luxury SUV and extraordinary off-road capability ranks low on your priority list, the superior handling and significantly more fuel efficient Infiniti JX or the Acura MDX are worth a closer look.What's New for 2012
The Land Rover LR4 receives a series of audio and navigation system upgrades for the 2012 model year.Driving It Driving Impressions
Whereas the vast majority of luxury SUVs employ a unitized body for greater on-road comfort, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 soldiers on as a conventional body-on-frame SUV. Despite its rigid construction, the LR4 delivers a supple ride that belies its truck-based platform. The LR4 tackles U-turns and tight corners with sedan-like poise thanks to its 37.5-foot turning radius (shorter than a Honda Accord sedan). The potent 375-horsepower V8 performs brilliantly both on and off-road, though it devours an overwhelming amount of fuel. When the roads begin to bend, however, the top-heavy design of the Land Rover LR4 produces excessive body lean in high-speed turns and ultimately hinders confidence behind the wheel. With a reinforced ladder frame, sophisticated 4-wheel-drive system and height-adjustable air suspension, the LR4's natural habitat clearly lies outside the confines of urban civilization. So to help even the most inexperienced drivers overcome extreme off-road situations, the LR4 comes equipped with the Terrain Response system, which improves traction and overall drivability on a variety of terrain conditions with the turn of a dial.Favorite Features
4-CORNER AIR SUSPENSION
When the going gets tough, the LR4 gets going. A simple push of a button and the LR4's electronically modulated air suspension raises the ride height by nearly five inches, making quick work of tall obstacles that would stop lesser vehicles in their tracks.
HILL DESCENT CONTROL
Land Rover believes you don't need to be an off-road aficionado to enjoy the world's most demanding trails. Supplementing the Terrain Response system is Hill Descent Control, which lets you automatically maintain a relaxed, consistent speed down steep grades, all without ever touching the pedals.