KBB Editors' Overview
By Matt Degen
- Updated Date: 4/26/2013
The 2014 Range Rover represents the pinnacle of Land Rover's lineup, and offers among the best combination of off-road ability and on-road comfort of any vehicle. While that former trait comes as no surprise given Land Rover's heritage of trekking to the ends of the Earth, it's that latter characteristic that is such a welcome surprise in a stout SUV. Thanks to the massive reduction in weight and even more advanced terrain response system that came with last year's revamp, the Range Rover is as comfortable hurtling over highways as it is crawling up cliffs. At $80,000-plus, the Range Rover is not an inexpensive proposition, and its history of subpar resale value doesn't help matters when compared to rivals such as the Lexus LX and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want the ability to traverse any terrain while ensconced in a cocoon of the finest amenities, the 2014 Range Rover fits the bill. This 4-wheel-drive vehicle is just as at ease ascending the Andes as it is pulling up to the opera.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you need seating for more than five, look to a larger 3-row SUV such as the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class or the considerably less-expensive and more fuel-efficient Infiniti JX. Another question to ask yourself is whether you really need the added expense that comes with the Range Rover's extreme off-road abilities.
What's New for 2014
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.
On-road or off, the 2014 Range Rover is a no-compromises machine. With advanced software to back up hard-core hardware, the Range Rover can be optimized to conquer various terrains like mud, snow and rocks with the literal touch of a button. Though the majority of drivers probably won't use the Range Rover's low-range gearing to claw up mountains or take advantage of its adjustable ground clearance to wade nearly three feet of water, this SUV has the capability to push far beyond civilization. Thankfully, the 2014 Range Rover also excels in the urban jungle. Its ride is so refined that you'll think you're in a luxury sedan. The supercharged V8 model we tested had excellent acceleration, with the ability to leap to 60 mph in a sports-car-like 5.1 seconds. Even V6 models are no slouches, with the oomph to hit that mark in 7.1 seconds. Despite its tall profile, the Range Rover feels composed in corners.
It may not leap tall buildings, but the 2014 Range Rover can sure scale other objects. When elevated nearly a foot via air suspension, this SUV can clamber over obstacles or wade through creeks. Low-range gearing and Terrain Response, meanwhile, can make off-road amateurs look like pros.
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 one that can reach them. But the 2014 Range Rover's quiet, supple highway ride is equally stellar.
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