By KBB.com Editors
The 2013 Range Rover is the top model from luxury SUV maker Land Rover, and only the fourth all-new version of the vehicle in nearly 45 years. With its lofty price comes a wealth of performance capability and creature comforts. After decades establishing itself as an off-road icon, the Range Rover continues to hone its on-road comfort. In that respect, the fourth-generation Range Rover is a testament to how far this British SUV has come. The 2013 Range Rover is lighter, nimbler, more technologically advanced, and even more comfortable and capable than its predecessor. Simply put, it's the best Range Rover yet. Beyond its $80,000-plus starting price that is out of reach for many, Land Rover in general is still trying to move beyond a history of questionable reliability and subpar resale value.
If you want a bold, richly appointed SUV that's just as comfortable ascending the Andes as it is pulling up to the opera, look no further than the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover. The Range Rover is competent on any road, and when the highway ends or the Apocalypse begins, it's ready for business.
Though lighter and more fuel-efficient than past models, the Range Rover can still feel excessive with its $80,000-plus price tag and 16 mpg combined city/highway fuel economy. If you need to carry more than five people, look to a 3-row SUV such as the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class or the considerably less expensive and more fuel-efficient Infiniti JX.
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.
Driving Impressions The 2013 Range Rover is one of the few vehicles that, on road or off, does not compromise. A luxurious, completely composed ride is had whether you're hurtling down a...highway or crawling up a cliff. The Range Rover does both with aplomb, and can go far beyond where most drivers dare tread. Should you decide to wade nearly three feet of water, blast through the sands of Moab or climb small boulders, the Range Rover can do it, all while massaging your back if you please. In addition to 11.9 inches of ground clearance, the Range Rover has a sophisticated Terrain Response system that adapts to a variety of surfaces, optimizing the vehicle for mud, snow, rocks and more. For as capable as it is off-road, the 2013 Range Rover nearly astounds on-road with a refined, quiet ride that rivals a luxury sedan. Power is plentiful even with the base V8 engine, and despite its tall profile, the vehicle feels composed in corners.
Finally, no more lifting a heavy cargo door. The Range Rover was long overdue for a feature that could be had even in compact crossovers. For 2013, the vehicle comes standard with a power tailgate and liftgate that open wide in a clamshell fashion.
There's an old yarn about how a Land Rover is most often the first vehicle seen by remote populations because it's the only vehicle that can reach them. So we all know these things can rough it. But the 2013 Range Rover's quiet, supple highway ride is equally stellar.
Though tough on the outside, the 2013 Range Rover's interior is all about opulence. Two rows of seats hold up to five passengers, and there's still plenty of cargo room in back for luggage. Rear legroom has been increased significantly for 2013, with the added 4.7 inches greatly increasing passenger comfort. Leather seating is standard, with HSE and Supercharged trims receiving the Oxford variety. Autobiography editions take things to a yet-higher level with semi-aniline leather seats. Exclusively available on the Autobiography is the Executive Class rear seat, which replaces the 3-passenger bench with a pair of sculpted rear seats that recline and have a massage feature. Drivers enjoy a "command" seating position with excellent visibility. The headrests, front and back, are among the best we've felt.Exterior
The 4th-generation Range Rover is slightly bigger than its predecessor, though at 196.8 inches in length - shorter than a full-size sedan – it is still relatively easy to maneuver. This newest Range Rover retains the boxy design that has given the vehicle its rugged looks since 1970. For 2013, it has been updated with wind-swept headlight and taillight housings, along with a trio of vertical panels aft the front wheels that add a sense of momentum. On the pragmatic front, the Range Rover's blocky aesthetics and large, flat windows equal good cargo space and excellent visibility from within. The real story on the 2013 Range Rover is below the paint. Instead of steel, the SUV's unibody structure is made of aluminum. This has led to a massive weight reduction of up to 700 pounds for U.S. models vs. the previous version. Less weight means better fuel economy and acceleration.
The 2013 Range Rover comes in four trims: base, HSE, Supercharged and Autobiography. A base Range Rover is well-equipped with leather seating, heated/power front seats, 3-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, a navigation system with off-road guidance, a power tailgate, the Terrain Response system, and a 380-watt Meridian sound system. The HSE has Oxford leather seating, 20-inch wheels, a wider range of interior design choices, and heated rear seats. Supercharged versions are graced with an extremely potent, 510-horsepower V8 engine and 21-inch wheels. Autobiography editions also use the supercharged engine and feature the most premium interior of the model range with semi-aniline leather, an 825-watt Meridian sound system, a leather headliner, and more personalization choices.
Options vary with trim level and include climate-controlled front and rear seats, massaging front and rear seats, 4-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, and dynamic cruise control. One of the best surround-camera systems we've seen is available on the 2013 Range Rover, offering views all around the vehicle to aid in maneuvering, off-roading, and hitching a trailer. The Park Assist system helps with parallel parking. Even higher-end Meridian audio units are available, including a 1,700-watt, 29-speaker system in the Autobiography that will blow minds and ears. Also available on that highest trim is a chilled center console and 2-person executive seating option in rear. Off-roaders, meanwhile, can employ an active rear locking differential in Supercharged models.
A choice of two 5.0-liter V8 engines are available in the 2013 Range Rover, one naturally aspirated, the other supercharged. Even the base 375-horsepower engine is a strong performer, enabling the Range Rover to sprint from 0-60 mph just 6.5 seconds. With the 510-horsepower supercharged version, you can beat many sports cars onto the freeway with a 0-60 time of just 5.1 seconds. All 2013 Land Rover Range Rovers have permanent 4-wheel drive and a smooth-shifting ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. With either engine, the 2013 Range Rover can tow a commendable 7,716 pounds. Fuel economy is slightly better than before, but still not great. Naturally aspirated versions are rated at a combined 16 mpg, while those with supercharged engines net 15 mpg. And, of course, plan on filling your Range Rover with premium gasoline.
375 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg
5.0-liter supercharged V8
510 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 mpg
By Lonnie2 on Friday, August 01, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: extremely high cost of ownership
Pros: "Fun to drive off pavement"
Cons: "high maintenance for minimum value"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Just sold my 2014 Range Rover and quite relieved that this albatross is finally off my back. Though I enjoyed driving it, I simply couldn't drive it everyday because it had to go to the "doctor" on average twice a week to have problems fixed. Will switch to a M-B or Lexus in the near future."
21 people out of 26 found this review helpful
By ComfortRider on Sunday, July 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,900overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Upright seating position"
Cons: "Mechanical, electrical, and platform issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Purchased 2014 Ranger Rover Supercharged 8 months ago, but had problems from the get-go, such as defective timing chain, worn out cylinder gasket (leaking oil), air suspension compressor malfunction, alternator short-circuit, etc... The chassis is firm but too much body roll and noisy when turn at any angle. The level of NVH is higher than other luxury SUVs, and the supercharged engine is really loud when accelerating and passing on highway. This SUV is not what it cracked up to be, period. Plan to trade-in soon when still under warranty."
31 people out of 31 found this review helpful
By David-Michael on Saturday, June 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,473overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Design, performance, reliability, wow factor!"
Cons: "Not one"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I own both a 2013 Range Rover HSE Lux and a 2014 Range Rover Supercharged, my owning two should say it all. This motor car is the ultimate in luxury SUV's, from the design, performance, reliability and just sheer excitement of owning them, these motor cars are a solid A+! Land Rover has really outdone themselves with this latest generation Range Rover, I look forward to driving every day."
9 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By JEE on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,600overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Top gas mileage in it's class Definition of luxury"
Cons: "Seat cushions feel a bit flat..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my first Range Rover. I have owned this vehicle for approx 1 year. So far I haven't had a single issue with the vehicle. I am a very particular person and could not find a single flaw. In my opinion, the level of luxury is outstanding. The ride is incredibly smooth and no feature is unnecessary. The integrated voice command feature is very easy to use and very helpful (a readout of the commands appears in the instrument panel) I have heard about past reliability issues and am hoping that this current model has been able to overcome those issues. Living in New England, I love the heated steering wheel. Upgrading to the massage seats was a big plus too."
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful