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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
6.6
Out of 10

Based on 19 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    6.2/10
    Quality
    6.9/10
  • Reliability
    6.1/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

4 replacement engines

By on Friday, June 24, 2016

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "drives nice on highways"

Cons: "gets stuck in mud"

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

"Has no dipstick only an oil sensor that does not work my son is on his second engine his friend has had four engines range rover paid for the replacement however this says nothing about quality!"

Best car ever Range Rover Supersport V8

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, luxury and fast! Expensive but Worth it!"

Cons: "None"

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

"I own a Porsche and Infiniti and we always want to take the Range Rover due to its comfort and ride. Nothing like it. Very reliable and fast. Took a road trip from California to Texas and this car just cruised in comfort. Never felt tired or beat. Step on the gas and it goes! We will always own a Range Rover after this one. Very dependable and the quality is excellent. The Range Rover wont be in a junk car when the Lexus, etc would be scrap metal. This car is built to last. Repairs are not anymore expensive than my Porsche and are the typical brakes, tires, and oil. Very happy with my Range Rover Super sport!"

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Most comfortable car created

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable beyond belief; performs well"

Cons: "Clunky electronics; serivce a nightmare"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"6'2" and car feels like I'm driving a recliner chair. Accelerates wonderfully for a car this size. Turns on a dime. Electronics are clunky- GPS difficult to use, radio only a little less so. Biggest problem: service. Not helpful, often closed on weekends, expensive, nothing like my old Lexus, where advisors fell all over themselves to make things right."

38 people out of 41 found this review helpful

50k great miles and counting

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "All purpose that is perfect for my needs"

Cons: "Soccer mom image and that's okay"

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

"My 2012 Sport is my first Rover. I winter in AZ and summer in MN. I drive in MN snow, ice etc and dessert off road in AZ. City driving is light and agile for such a heavy vehicle. Because of it's rock climbing ability, the steering is designed to turn on a dime making u turns and parking like no other. I have more aggressive Nito tires and am amazed at the lack of road noise. Cross country trips are comfortable to the point of relaxing. I'd like the drivers seat in my living room."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Service rides in the backseat.

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,340

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very comfortable"

Cons: "Unreliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Very plush. Very comfortable. Turns on a dime. The drawback is that it is full of inferior made parts. Sensors, modulators and drive shafts. Problems galore after 50,000 miles on a vehicle that never left the pavement and was parked in a carpeted garage."

22 people out of 25 found this review helpful

More time in the shop than on the road

By on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Quality

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looks expensive"

Cons: "Looks can be deceiving."

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

"Car looks good. That is the end of the positives. Lack of reliability makes features laughable. I guess I have to agree that the only reason people buy this piece of trash is the look at me factor. If only I didn't have to spend all my time explaining why it was in the shop."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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