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2014 Land Rover LR4

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2014 Land Rover LR4 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.0

To meet ever-tightening fuel economy standards, the 2014 Land Rover LR4 SUV replaces last year's V8 with a new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a new 8-speed automatic. The change improved fuel economy by two mpg in the EPA's city, highway, and combined scale, but unfortunately it's still unimpressive. The good news is that the 2014 LR4 retains all the off-road capability it was born with, including available low-range gearing and 4-corner air suspension. It lets you drive your big SUV places soft-roaders like the Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, and BMW X5 would fear to tread. On the other hand, if blazing trails isn't your thing, maybe one of those would be a better pick thanks to the LR4's still-bad fuel economy.

You'll Like This Car If...

When the trail turns right, do you turn left? Do you want to take your family to the ends of the earth? Then the 2014 Land Rover LR4 may just be the ticket, especially since it's still very comfortable around town.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If fuel economy, rock-solid reliability, and sleek styling are more important than off-road agility, you might want to take a closer look at diesel-powered vehicles like the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, or BMW X5.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.0
  • 5.6
  • 6.4
  • 6.0
  • 5.8
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#22

out of 23

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 25

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.2 out of 10
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What's New for 2014

The 2014 Land Rover LR4 receives important updates this year. Foremost is a new drivetrain, including a new 3.0-liter V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 LR4 also gets a new front bumper and headlights, and Meridian replaces harman/kardon as the audio system of choice.

Driving the LR4

Driving Impressions Unlike most of its competition, the 2014 Land Rover LR4 uses old-school-SUV body-on-frame construction. This helps it tackle the toughest off-road terrain, but not at the expense of on-road comfort....

Land Rover has tamed the LR4 underpinnings to also deliver a smooth highway ride. A lot of its off-road prowess translates to city driving too: The tight 37.5-foot turning circle is great for trail maneuverability, or navigating tight parking lots. New this year is a 3.0-liter V6 engine, replacing last year's thirsty V8. Its 340-hp is less than the V8, but it uses a new 8-speed automatic, so there's little loss of acceleration. While there's enough straight-line power, the LR4's top-heavy design leans in corners at speed. Venture away from civilization, and 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
One of the things we love about the 2014 LR4 is its adjustable air suspension. Whether you need to raise the body to clear boulders on the trail, or lower it so you won't overtax grandma's hip replacement, the LR4 is happy to oblige at the push of a button.

HILL DESCENT CONTROL
To help even novice drivers tackle demanding trails, Land Rover includes Hill Descent Control in the LR4. Hill Descent Control supplements the Terrain Response system, letting you automatically maintain a slow and steady speed down steep grades, all without ever touching the pedals.

2014 Land Rover LR4 Details
Interior

The 2014 Land Rover LR4's cabin was already upscale and modern, but this year, it adds a Windsor Leather Package as standard equipment on the LR4 HSE LUX trim. Quality materials abound, and the intuitive and clearly labeled buttons and dials have a visual and tactile heft. An optional third row extends seating from five up to seven, but that optional rearmost seat is best left to kids. Otherwise it's roomy: There's good 2nd-row legroom, with more than 40 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row.

Exterior

The 2014 Land Rover LR4 looks like the box a sleeker SUV was shipped in. But that's OK, as the upright squared-off shape is indicative of its utilitarian, go-anywhere mission. Land Rover has softened the look this year with new headlights and a new front bumper, along with new wheels and paint colors. The effect is one of upscale utility, which sounds like an oxymoron until you look at an LR4. It's easy to see out of thanks to all the windows, and the 2-piece asymmetrical tailgate is both visually distinctive and useful. The panoramic glass roof? That's just pure luxury.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Land Rover LR4 comes in Base, HSE and HSE LUX trims. Base models come standard with seating for five, and are comprehensively equipped, including the air suspension, start/stop technology for the new V6, the single-speed transfer gear, a Meridian sound system, and front and rear parking sensors. The HSE and HSE LUX trims come standard with seven seats. The HSE also adds front park distance control, xenon headlights, and a navigation system. The full-boat HSE LUX adds surround sound to the Meridian system, the Extended Windsor Leather package, and unique wheels.

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. Those who plan to do serious off-roading should consider the Heavy Duty Package that includes a locking rear differential, low-range for the transfer case, and a full-size spare tire. Seven-passenger seating is optional on base models. Interestingly, the LR4 does not offer adaptive cruise control or a pre-collision system, unlike competitors from Acura, Mercedes-Benz, or just about everyone else.

Under the Hood

Land Rover has ditched its old 5.0-liter V8 in favor of a new 3.0-liter supercharged V6. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, there's little change in acceleration, but a noteworthy one in fuel economy. The V6 also features start/stop technology that shuts off the engine at an extended stoplight, and the heavy dual-range, off-road-ready transfer case is now optional, rather than standard. It all combines for better fuel economy, but the improvement is from terrible to simply bad. Remarkably, towing capacity for the V6 is unchanged from the V8, staying at 7,716 pounds.

3.0-liter supercharged V6
340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
332 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Land Rover LR4 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just above $50,000. The mid-tier HSE trim begins around $55,000, while the top-line HSE LUX is just over $60,000 and can reach nearly $70,000 when loaded. At these prices the 2014 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 2014 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 QX60, but still below the Audi Q7 and Lexus GX.

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2014 Land Rover LR4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 26 Ratings for the 2010 - 2014 models.

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  • 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!"

9 people out of 13 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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