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2013 Land Rover LR4

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2013 Land Rover LR4 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.1

Despite fuel prices that only seem to go in one direction, American roadways still teem with thirsty SUVs. While more are now based on car platforms for sedan-like comfort, the 2013 Land Rover LR4 preserves the English luxury automaker's history of blending serious off-road capability with a pleasing on-road ride. Standard features such as a powerful V8 engine, low-range gearing and 4-corner air suspension make the LR4 a real performer in the extreme rough, where rivals like the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Infiniti JX, and Porsche Cayenne would fall short. Conversely, those who don't plan to mingle with mountain goats or who bristle at the LR4's meager 14 mpg (city/highway combined) fuel economy may find a better partner in a more road-oriented crossover SUV.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a vehicle that can seat up to seven and travel to the ends of the Earth, the 2013 Land Rover LR4 can give new meaning to family adventures. When not boulder hopping, the LR4 is also quite capable on the highway.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Meager fuel economy and a history of questionable reliability have cast a shadow over the Land Rover LR4. If hard-core off-roading is low on your priority list, take a look at the Audi Q7 diesel, Infiniti JX, Porsche Cayenne Diesel, or Lexus RX.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.1
  • 5.7
  • 6.5
  • 6.1
  • 5.9
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#48

out of 50

Fuel Economy

#1

out of 52

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.2 out of 10
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2013 Land Rover LR4 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Land Rover LR4 is available with a Black Design aesthetic package that includes darkened exterior treatments. Five new paint colors are available, as are a premium leather option and enhancements to the navigation system.

Driving the LR4
2013 Land Rover LR4 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions While most luxury SUVs use a unitized, car-like platform to optimize on-road comfort, the 2013 LR4 continues to favor a rigid body-on-frame design that helps the vehicle tackle rugged terrain....

The compromise with these setups is often a harsher on-road experience, but the LR4 manages to deliver a compliant highway ride. At just 37.5 feet, the LR4 has a tight turning radius that betrays this SUV's ample size –- an asset when maneuvering in tight parking lots. The LR4's 375-horsepower V8 performs admirably but drinks copious amounts of fuel. While the LR4 is quick in a straight line (0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds), on twisty roads its top-heavy design produces excessive body lean at speed. Thankfully, electronic safety guards like cornering brake control keep things in check. In its natural habitat outside of civilization, the LR4 can be optimized to conquer a variety of terrain –- from snow to sand to rocks –- by merely twisting a dial.
Favorite Features

4-CORNER AIR SUSPENSION
When the going gets tough, the LR4 gets going. With the push of a button, the LR4's electronically modulated air suspension raises the vehicle so it can clamber over obstacles that would stop lesser SUVs. Conversely, the LR4 can be lowered for easier entry. Grandma will thank you.

HILL DESCENT CONTROL
Land Rover believes you don't need to be an off-road ace to tackle the world's most demanding trails. Supplementing the Terrain Response system is Hill Descent Control. This system lets you automatically maintain a slow and steady speed down steep grades, all without ever touching the pedals.

2013 Land Rover LR4 Details
2013 Land Rover LR4 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The LR4's cabin successfully exudes both the upscale ambience of a modern luxury vehicle and the rugged sense of a serious off-roader. Quality materials abound, and the hefty buttons and dials are intuitive and clearly labeled. The LR4 is available with seating for five or seven. As expected, the interior is bathed in leather and wood. Legroom is good in the second row, but the third row is best left for kids. The LR4 has over 40 cubic feet of room behind the second row –- plenty of room for luggage or home-improvement materials. That space more than doubles with seats folded, and shrinks to just 9.9 cubic feet with the third row up.

Exterior
2013 Land Rover LR4 photo

The Land Rover LR4 complements its adventurous attitude with the boxy looks long associated with these utilitarian, go-anywhere vehicles. Yet with classy touches like jeweled headlights and symmetrical side vents, the LR4 also plays the part of a sophisticated modern-day chariot. That blocky design and abundance of windows also provide good visibility from within. One of the LR4's most defining features is in back, with its 2-piece asymmetrical tailgate. Pragmatically, this dual-opening design makes it easier to load cargo. On top is an "Alpine Roof" that consists of a power sunroof over the front seats and glass panels over the second and third rows.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Land Rover LR4 comes in three trims: Base, HSE and HSE LUX. Even a "base" Land Rover LR4 is filled with luxurious amenities and go-anywhere capability. Standard features on all trims include rain-sensing windshield wipers, a panoramic roof, Terrain Response system, electronically controlled 4-wheel-drive, a 7-inch color touch screen, and front and rear parking sensors to aid in tight spots. Base models have standard seating for five, while HSE and HSE LUX have three rows for seven passengers. Fine audio is provided by an 11-speaker, 380-watt harman/kardon system. HSE models include a rearview camera, and HSE LUX have a navigation system and 17-speaker, 825-watt sound system.

Optional Equipment

A nifty 5-camera system is available that relays a surround view of your LR4, letting you see where your eyes can't. Other extras include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Windsor leather, and the new Black Design package with aesthetic enhancements and larger, 20-inch wheels in place of the standard 19-inchers. Those who plan to do serious off-roading should consider the Heavy Duty Package that includes a locking rear differential and full-size spare tire. Seven-passenger seating is optional on base models. Unlike the Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the Infiniti JX, the Land Rover LR4 does not offer adaptive cruise control or a pre-collision system.

Under the Hood
2013 Land Rover LR4 Engine photo

The sole powertrain combination for the 2013 Land Rover LR4 is a torque-rich V8 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition to driver-adaptable shift programming, the automatic gearbox features a sporty sequential mode that quickens shift times by 10 percent. Towing capability is commendable at 7,716 pounds. We understand that a 5.0-liter V8 hauling nearly three tons of automobile will inherently guzzle fuel like it's going out of style, but during our road test we found ourselves affirming firsthand the EPA's mpg estimate of 14 mpg. When it came time to fill up, the big V8's unquenchable thirst for premium fuel left a sizable dent in our corporate wallet.

5.0-liter V8
375 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2013 Land Rover LR4 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $50,000. The mid-tier HSE trim begins around $54,000, while the top-line HSE LUX is just over $59,000 and can reach over $68,000 when loaded. At these prices the 2013 LR4 is in line with the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Porsche Cayenne. It is several thousand more than the base prices of 7-passenger crossover SUVs such as the Infiniti JX, Acura MDX and Buick Enclave, and less than the starting price of a Lexus GX. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB Fair Purchase Price below to see what others in your area are paying. Resale value has traditionally been a sore spot for Land Rover vehicles, but the 2013 LR4's prospects are looking brighter. Its residuals are in the middle of the pack among luxury SUVs, in line with rivals like the BMW X5 and Infiniti JX, but still below the Audi Q7 and Lexus GX.

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2013 Land Rover LR4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 26 Ratings for the 2010 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Love it despite the issues

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, comfort, room, towing ability, quiet"

Cons: "Poor reliability, sparse and indifferent dealers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Bought my 2011 LR4 new, now has 51,500 miles....and in the shop, again, for numerous warning lights and messages though it is running fine. This will be our first out of warranty repair.....had warranty repairs for malfunctioning fuel gauge (took two trips to fix), radio (four trips to fix), rear view camera, defective door locks, alarm going off for no reason, and broken driver door latch cable. We tow with it, need the 4WD for snow, go skiing with it, need the third row with our kids, and have towed a travel trailer many times with it. It also looks great and the paint and interior still look good after a lot of tough use. So in many respects it is an ideal family car for us, but it is the most troublesome car I have EVER owned. It has never stranded us, but has had many serious problems. The service experience has been lacking as well, I blame some of the problems on poor diagnosis or repair efforts."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love it despite the issues

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, comfort, room, towing ability, quiet"

Cons: "Poor reliability, sparse and indifferent dealers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Bought my 2011 LR4 new, now has 51,500 miles....and in the shop, again, for numerous warning lights and messages though it is running fine. This will be our first out of warranty repair.....had warranty repairs for malfunctioning fuel gauge (took two trips to fix), radio (four trips to fix), rear view camera, defective door locks, alarm going off for no reason, and broken driver door latch cable. We tow with it, need the 4WD for snow, go skiing with it, need the third row with our kids, and have towed a travel trailer many times with it. It also looks great and the paint and interior still look good after a lot of tough use. So in many respects it is an ideal family car for us, but it is the most troublesome car I have EVER owned. It has never stranded us, but has had many serious problems. The service experience has been lacking as well, I blame some of the problems on poor diagnosis or repair efforts."

Love it despite the issues

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Looks, comfort, room, towing ability, quiet"

Cons: "Poor reliability, sparse and indifferent dealers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Bought my 2011 LR4 new, now has 51,500 miles....and in the shop, again, for numerous warning lights and messages though it is running fine. This will be our first out of warranty repair.....had warranty repairs for malfunctioning fuel gauge (took two trips to fix), radio (four trips to fix), rear view camera, defective door locks, alarm going off for no reason, and broken driver door latch cable. We tow with it, need the 4WD for snow, go skiing with it, need the third row with our kids, and have towed a travel trailer many times with it. It also looks great and the paint and interior still look good after a lot of tough use. So in many respects it is an ideal family car for us, but it is the most troublesome car I have EVER owned. It has never stranded us, but has had many serious problems. The service experience has been lacking as well, I blame some of the problems on poor diagnosis or repair efforts."

It was good New

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,420

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Car is great, service is not so great. This is my second LR4 and I love them but this second one has been a fail due to comfort of seats, brake issues, and other things malfunctioning within the vehicle. The middle seats have issues folding down and back up."

LOVE IT!

By on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,500

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"This is my third Land Rover and I love it! It is powerful, rugged, and refined. Easily the best vehicle I have owned. Goes anywhere with class and style. Tows our tournament wake boarding boat with ease, conquers the best four wheel drive trails in the west, and valet parks with pride. So, I love it!"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Happiness is Driving a LR4

By on Friday, January 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,600

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: "Great ride, excellant value, superior quality"

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

"I purchased my 2013 LR4 last year and have driven it for over twelve thousand miles. I gave every category a perfect ten; because, I cannot find fault with anything in this car. The LR4 is an absolute pleasure to drive. The comfort is very nice and the interior is well laid out. The quality is great and not one single thing has gone wrong with this car. The car has plenty of power and the stereo sounds very nice. Compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland I test drove, the LR4 had a superior ride. I also test drove the Mercedes ML 450 and found it to be over priced and too high tech. On vacation I drove a Mercedes ML 350 for the week and thought it was very nice. The stereo and stereo controls on the Mercedes were nicer than the LR4 but that was all that I thought was better. It was great getting home and having the LR4 at the airport to drive home. I guess you are either a Mercedes person or not. I prefer the more rugged styling of the LR4. Before buying the Land Rover BMW and Audi were also on the list to test drive. However,once I drove the LR4 I did not need to drive the BMW X5 or Audi X7. I was sold on the spot. The LR4 has all of the necessary luxury you'd want in an SUV with out going over board (like the ML 450). The LR4 is a very nice luxury SUV that is very capable of going off road. I have driven this car in the snow and in icy conditions common in Maryland and the SUV just tears it up. My worries are the other drivers on the road and not with the LR4's ability to handle bad weather conditions. So if you are looking for a SUV such as a BMW, Mercedes or Audi, save your money and buy the LR4. And if you are looking for something like a 4Runner or Grand Cherokee spend the extra money and buy the LR4. You'll be happy you did. They say money cannot buy happiness; but, driving a Land Rover LR4 can bring you happiness."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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