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2013 Land Rover Range Rover

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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2013

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 the Range Rover

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.

POWER TAILGATE
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.

ON-ROAD COMFORT
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.

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Details
2013 Land Rover Range Rover photo Interior

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
2013 Land Rover Range Rover photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

5.0-liter V8
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

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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.8
Out of 10

Based on 12 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    6.7/10
    Quality
    7.0/10
  • Reliability
    6.7/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Not Worth The Money

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,200

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "SOOOOO Comfortable"

Cons: "Too many issues to explain, Total Nightmare"

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

"Purchased my first Range Rover HSE 2015 ( six weeks old 3200 miles) and this Friday it goes into the shop for the 6th time. It could have been 40 times (electrical issues) but Land Rover does not have a fix for the Navigation Screen that completely shuts down (43 times and counting). Causing a total shut down of any feature you were using until it reboots. Worse off they knew about this issue and sold me the car without disclosing this. But I have several other electrical issues with this vehicle ( radio malfunction, phone issue, but scariest when my distronic did not activate), the list is longer but you get the point. Dont get me wrong, nicest driving car Ive ever owned, but for the price tag you could do so much better. Whats going to happen when this car is out of warranty, SCARY THOUGHT. Plus Land Rover Corporate is the worst company to deal with. The won't even acknowledge my issues or concerns. My dream car that I waited 45 years to buy, has turned into a nightmare. If your like me and can afford this vehicle... DON'T, get something that is reliable. Worst vehicle purchase of my life. Hope this helps. Your Friend The Honest Business Guy"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

nice car

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great driving car.I drove G500 for 13 yrs."

Cons: "hopfully will not give me more problems"

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

"I owned this car since Jan.2015.Nice luxurious car and nice driving. Few issues came up since. Fuel tank not being able to fill up. Car did not move forward after getting stopped at traffic and the control screen went blank. I took it to the dealer by my area they reprogrammed the software, but still having an issue with the fuel tank hopefully will be fixed."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Overall great vehicle

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Power, sound system, style"

Cons: "slow infotainment"

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

"This is my first Range Rover, and with 17000 miles on my 2014 Supercharged it is flawless (problems wise) so far. Knock on wood. Power and design is outstanding. Only complaint is slow response of technology and infotainment, which I think is well documented. But overall, a great vehicle."

2014 RR HSE

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Having owned a 1999 and a 2000 RR many years ago, there is NO comparison between the quality of my 2014 HSE vs the older models. This car is a beast. Great power and presence on the road...refined, elegant appearance...drives great in the rain/snow... NAV is easy to use... I feel safe traveling with my family. If there are any cons, I would say there is little space between the driver's seat and passenger's seat for personal items...cell phones, etc... Has a spot for 2 drinks, but nothing else.. Constantly fumbling to put keys, phone, glasses, papers, etc.. in any available spaces up front. This is not convenient at all due to the placement of the controls. Another minor con would be there is no constant visible display of direction (NSWE). You have to change the screen to 4X4 to find a compass. A simple addition of direction to the instrument cluster would be a very welcome addition to those of us who depend on it. Also miss having a dedicated "On Star" type of monitoring system in the car. Don't know why Land Rover doesn't include."

30 people out of 49 found this review helpful

The new SUV is only worth $38k, not msrp of $98k

By on Sunday, September 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "shallow vanity"

Cons: "low quality expensive toy"

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

"Range Rover pricing is as ridiculous as the medical billing in America where doctors will bill a $3000 routine operation for $300,000 just because they can and the market supports it. I will trade-in about 3 months before the warranty expires and buy a brand new V8 SUV for $40k, and that is real value with no headache or heart attack (engine stall)"

35 people out of 58 found this review helpful

Don't believe the negative press

By on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "stylish, fast, comfortable"

Cons: "Tight fit for multiple car seats"

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

"Great luxury SUV, period. These reviews are biased by those that have had problems. So far in several months, not a single issue (except a valet who scratched the wheel). Phenomenal acceleration in V8 supercharged, beautiful leather. Only complaint is voice control is no better than average and occasional drops in Bluetooth audio. Otherwise, I'd rather drive than just about anything else these days. Massage feature is outstanding."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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