KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 2/19/2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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