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In an effort to improve fuel efficiency and decrease emissions output, the 2014 Range Rover's base engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 instead of the naturally aspirated V8. (A supercharged V8 remains optional.) Also on the efficiency front is engine start/stop technology that reduces idling in stop-and-go traffic.
2013 marks the fourth generation for the Range Rover and for its latest act, the big SUV has gone on a serious diet, shedding hundreds of pounds thanks to extensive use of aluminum instead of steel. Engine choices carry over, but the transmission is now an 8-speed automatic. The all-new Range Rover has fresh design inside and out, and an upgraded terrain-management system to tackle what lies beneath.
For 2010, a new 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 375 horsepower replaces last year's 4.4-liter V8, while the Supercharged trim receives a 510-horsepower version of the same engine. Styling updates include subtle changes to the exterior, a new "Thin Film Transistor" (TFT) screen with virtual dials and information display and a new surround camera with a 360-degree view. Improvements have also been made to the Range Rover's brakes, suspension, steering and Terrain Response system.
The Range Rover shines as the height of Land Rover engineering and luxury. It combines unparalleled off-road prowess with a winning combination of power, performance and, quite possibly, one of the most handsome interiors ever to grace an SUV. Adhering to a long tradition, the Range Rover retains its boxy styling and tall doors, augmented by a modern front fascia, large wheels and flush side glass. Furthermore, unlike many luxury competitors, the Range Rover is not derived from lesser siblings; it is a true original designed from the ground up to be the best premium SUV possible. Although fuel economy is far from spectacular, we doubt many buyers in this price range even notice the price at the pump when filling up.