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2009 Land Rover LR3 KBB Expert Review
Although very few sport utility vehicle owners ever take their prized machines off-road, for those who do venture far from pavement it's tough to beat the 2009 Land Rover LR3. Even with its upscale status, the LR3 is known world-wide as one of the most capable off-road vehicles money can buy, although those that slog through the Amazon and across the Sahara typically don't have heated leather seats and high-end audio systems. Priced in the low $50,000 range, the LR3 borrows a host of technological advances from the larger Range Rover and packs them into a plush SUV that is both competent and affordable. A vastly improved quality and service record and improving resale values combine to make the LR3 a very competitive luxury SUV.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2009 Land Rover LR3 truly is the most competent SUV in its price range. If you and your family spend weekends traveling deep into unexplored territories, this vehicle stands a good chance of getting you there – and back
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a sporting ride and reasonable fuel economy, the Land Rover LR3 isn't for you. Though it loves going off-road, it's capable but certainly not a sport sedan on pavement and the big, boxy shape and characteristics that enhance its off-road capabilities combine to work against decent fuel economy.
What's New for 2009
Minor changes include color-keyed exterior trim pieces around the wheel arches, lower tailgate and lift handle, as well as new 19-inch wheels. The LR3 is the only trim offered this year, with HSE and HSE LUX now offered as optional packages.
The LR3 delivers a well-mannered day-to-day driving experience. Firm, comfortable seats complement a highway ride that is pleasantly in control – not jarringly firm or overly soft. This well-balanced suspension also helps make the LR3 surprisingly competent on winding mountain roads. Of course, as a Land Rover, the LR3 is most amazing when taken past the pavement, and we never came close to the limits of its famously relentless off-road capabilities. In all conditions, the LR3's 300-horsepower V8 moves the vehicle eagerly, although we'd like to see a little quicker throttle response when moving from a stop.
Terrain Response System
Five Terrain Response settings – General driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl – make it easy to get maximum performance in a variety of conditions.
550-Watt Surround Sound
The available 14-speaker harman/kardon digital surround system delivers powerful, enveloping sound.
The interior faithfully conveys the LR3's overall balance of luxury and capability. Leather seating is firm but comfortable, the controls are rugged but refined and the LR3 is available in either five-passenger or three-row, seven-passenger configurations. Although the third row offers decent room, the seating mechanisms aren't as slick and easy to operate as we've experienced in the competition. In both versions, the rear seats fold flat to create a cargo area more than six feet long. Rear passengers enjoy elevated stadium-style seating, increased stepped-roof headroom and natural lighting with glass roof panels.
Viewed from the front, you'd be forgiven for mistaking the 2009 LR3 for its big brother, the Range Rover. The LR3 carries the extreme geometric styling all the way down the sides and around the back, and also has a few details from the long-running Discovery model it replaced. Trademark styling cues include a stepped roof, large windows and an asymmetric rear tailgate that lowers load height when closed and reduces reach-in distance when open.
Notable Standard Equipment
Standard equipment on a LR3 includes a 4.4-liter V8 engine, the innovative Terrain Response System (offering five settings that adjust a variety of electronic factors to optimize the vehicle for the surface over which it's being driven), advanced four-wheel-disc braking system, power sunroof, leather seating, electronic stability control, rear park distance control, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, 240-watt harman/kardon stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer, power driver's and passenger's seats, 19-inch alloy wheels and front, front side-impact and three-row side-curtain airbags.
Notable Optional Equipment
The HSE Package adds DVD-based navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, the Cold Climate package, front park distance control, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a driver's information center. To this the HSE LUX adds 19-inch slotted seven-spoke wheels, premium leather seating with memory settings for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel, a 550-watt harman/kardon LOGIC 7 audio system, Bi-xenon headlamps with adaptive front lighting and a center console cooler box. Individual options include a third row seat, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and rear climate control.
Under the Hood
Land Rover's 4.4-liter V8 packs the power and smoothness we expect from a Land Rover, yet delivers EPA fuel economy figures which are nearly as good as those of the discontinued V6.
300 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
315 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17
The 2009 Land Rover LR3's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $50,000 and can exceed $60,000 when fully loaded. Before you set out to buy, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which reflects the actual prices being paid at dealerships in your area. Although the 2009 Land Rover LR3 shows a vast improvement in resale over previous Land Rover models, it is expected to fall slightly behind the projected values of the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Acura MDX.
Land Rover LR3 Consumer Reviews
July 03, 2015
Best car I've ever owned!
Excellent vehicle! Runs great, drives great, goes anywhere, easy to park, hauls a lot of stuff, great in snow, nothing bad to say at all.
February 20, 2015
Absolutely Love the Landrover LR3!
Absolutely Love the Landrover LR3. It is a monster in the snow, rides like a dream, is extremely comfortable and all features are...
May 05, 2014
Each time I turn the ignition, I still get a thrill after 9 years. I am reluctant to sell, but will be relocating to Europe. Duanne ...
December 09, 2013
Comfortable. Dependible and fun to drive.
Bought it used. Runs like new. The dealership did me a great deal.
August 28, 2013
This car is a dream to drive!
We are purchasing a new Land Rover and that is the reason for the sale. We had the 75000 mile service done yesterday, just put on 1000...
July 10, 2012
Favorite car EVER!!!!
Despite some people claiming reliability issues, I have had no problems at all. Bought the car with 53k and now it has 105k miles on it...
February 22, 2012
Solid, better quality build than a Toyota
The new generation is equal to, if not better in quality build than other brands. The perception in peoples' minds that LRs are...
February 04, 2012
nice truck very reliable
nice truck i recomend this truck.
January 23, 2012
Our favorite vehicle we have ever owned!
We loved our first LR so much, we traded our Mercedes in and bought another! We have had both (his and hers) for over 6 years and the...
January 09, 2012
Love my Rover!
I've had my LR3 for going on 3 years and it's, by far, the best car I've ever owned. Very reliable, responsive and durable. I feel very...