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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.

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

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.

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 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

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

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2013 Land Rover LR4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 40 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great Long Distance Car

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Car for Long Distance Driving"

Cons: "Small tank"

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

"Great car - quiet and confortable regardless of outside conditions. LR4 with V8 we bought in 2010. I used it for daily commute 80 miles one way for 2.5 years in heavy NYC/NJ/Connecticut traffic and can tell that this is a great car. We drove it from Florida in Summer to Canada in Winter and this is the best car for family trips. Car is not simple and in the beginning it had some hiccups, but fortunately car was on warranty. I want new one with V8."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

By on Saturday, September 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice heavy vehicle for long-distance driving."

Cons: "Fuel tank is way too small for long distance drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"* The fuel mileage is low. Why couldn't they just have a 4WD shifting mechanism to avoid the wear and tear and fuel mileage. * The 14/17 mpg is poor, but what makes it worse is the small fuel tank. * Radio - no tuning knob. A driver is distracted seeking stations, especially when changing distance ranges to seek other FM stations. I tried the SIRIUS radio. What a joke! Try attempting to go through their stations, and the regular radio, and the navigation system. One has to be a technical engineer. That's not driving enjoyment. * Vehicle is very noisy at highway speeds(70-75 mph). * Drivers side seat belt does NOT always detract when leaving the vehicle. * The low fuel indicator has always been off by 2.1 to 2.2 gallons. * The brake pedal is way TO CLOSE to the accelerator pedal when one needs to wear insulated boots in the severe cold and snow conditions. * This vehicle is nothing but a status symbol. impressive to some, but its practicality goes downhill very fast. * The running boards, although plastic, developed rust colorization from its steel structure."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Seriously Reconsider Buying this car

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,300

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "nice looking, drives well"

Cons: "Whistle sound that will drive you insane"

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

"I bought a 2015 LR4 in March, and thought I would share some information with prospective buyers. Land Rover USA has admitted that their is a problem in the air conditioning system of the 2015 LR4s, a problem that causes a high pitched whistle to be emitted from the dashboard area whenever the air conditioner is on (as it often is if you live in texas). Land Rover says this is a "characteristic" of the 2015 LR4s, and have offered no fix for the problem. If you are considering purchasing an LR4, I would seriously reconsider, until Land Rover has a fix for this issue. Though the dealership has tried, they have been unable to fix the problem, and my car has spent over 40 days in the shop since I purchased it."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Fun to drive and very dependable.

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, comfy, beautiful"

Cons: "needs beverage holders in middle seats"

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

"An excellent investment in an excellent vehicle. She has never given me any trouble in ice or deep snow. We did put different tires on other than the factory ones, we have a lot of deep snow falls and just wanted to be prepared. Fun to drive and comfortable for hours. I get so many compliments on what a pretty car she is, she is a metallic black and shines like a star. You cannot go wrong with this vehicle!"

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Very nice ride.

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is a very nice, well built SUV. It has good power and decent gas mileage considering its weight and horsepower."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I love this SUV. I feel like king of the road!

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

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: "Top of the line drive and look."

Cons: "Navigation system is cumbersome."

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

"This car is top notch. My only complaint is that the navigation system, like the car itself, is built to be driven off-road. This means that steps which should take one click actually require three or four confirmation steps. This gets real old after the first month. Why Land Rover didn't pair up with Tom-Tom is beyond me."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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