2014 Land Rover LR2: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Land Rover LR2, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Land Rover's five-passenger SUV gets a minor exterior face-lift and a major powertrain one for 2013. The previous model's six-cylinder is replaced by a new 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder this year. Although Land Rover calls the LR2 a compact SUV, it was able to comfortably accommodate two child-safety seats in the second row without hogging too much of the first row's legroom.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

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Automakers give all sorts of reasons for canceling a model. Sometimes it comes from a deliberate one-and-done cycle, as Scion often employs. Other times a car too similar to its corporate siblings — compare the ultra-luxury Maybach brand to an optioned-out Mercedes-Benz S-Class — and allowed to age without a redesign can spell doom. And some cars just plain stink: Four of our 10 Worst Cars of the 2000s sputtered out with no direct replacement.

Whatever the cause, cancellations often coincide with lackluster sales. Consider former Volvo spokesman James Hope, whose eulogy for the now-defunct S40 and V50 was short and sweet. "The S40 and V50 are great cars," Hope said. "Our focus, however, needs to be on our [sales] volume vehicles."

More than a dozen models were discontinued in 2013. We polled our editors to see which cars we think will meet their end next year.

By Kelsey Mays | December 18, 2013 | Comments (29)

2013 Land Rover LR2: Test Car Gallery

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When Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek drove the 2013 Land Rover LR2, he said the compact luxury SUV felt like a throwback to another era — but not one for which he’s nostalgic. While he praised the five-seater's handling, Bruzek criticized its antiquated look, interior, equipment and gas mileage. Worst is its failure to live up to the brand's premium experience and design quality — particularly against the automaker's stylish and refined Evoque compact SUV.

The LR2 Bruzek tested, which came in Firenze Red with an Ebony Leather interior, was constructed making "extensive use" of high-strength steel, according to Land Rover. The powertrain is composed of a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic.

By Matt Schmitz | August 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Land Rover LR2

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The LR2 is the black sheep of Land Rover's lineup; it just can't match the luxury and refinement of the brand’s other vehicles, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. The five-passenger SUV looks and feels old, with an uninspiring interior, a features list that lacks competitive equipment and outdated fuel economy compared to its segment.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

In its debut week, our overview of Cars.com's 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge accelerated straight to the No. 1 spot on our list of most-viewed videos. Watch as Cars.com reviewers join judges from USA Today and "MotorWeek," as well as a regular family, to put six qualifying competitors to the test. Also new this week was our 2013 Land Rover LR2 Exhaust Note video at No. 5, giving you a sample of the SUV's growl. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge
2. 2013 Light Duty Challenge
3. 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata

4. 2013 Nissan Titan
5. 2013 Land Rover LR2 Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | July 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Land Rover LR2 Video

Hoping to piggyback on the success of sporty crossover cousin the Range Rover Evoque, the redesigned-for-2013 Land Rover LR2 shows its lineage in the driving experience, but inside the cabin strays from its luxury gene pool. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the compact SUV’s 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, provides generally enthusiastic acceleration. Still, chintzy plastic interior trim, a distracting heated-windshield mechanism and lack of a power liftgate might have you looking to spend your $45,000 elsewhere in the family.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Land Rover LR2: Car Seat Check

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Land Rover's five-passenger SUV gets a minor exterior face-lift and a major powertrain one for 2013. The previous model's six-cylinder is replaced by a new 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder this year. Although Land Rover calls the LR2 a compact SUV, it was able to comfortably accommodate two child-safety seats in the second row without hogging too much of the first row's legroom.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and LR2

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Land Rover is recalling 70 model-year 2012 versions of the LR2 and Range Rover Evoque SUVs due to problems with the vehicles’ brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured on June 11, 2012, and have rear brake caliper bolts that have been insufficiently tightened (check your vehicle’s build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). This could lead to a loss of brake function and an accident.

Land Rover will notify owners starting on Jan. 18, 2013, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Land Rover at 800-452-4827 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

First Look: 2013 Land Rover LR2

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  • Competes with: Acura RDX, BMW X3
  • Looks like: A minor update outside, a major one under the hood 
  • Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic 
  • Hits dealerships: TBD

On the heels of announcing a new-for-2013 Range Rover, Land Rover just released more lineup news. It's also revising the LR2 for 2013, and while the minor exterior tweaks may be hard to notice, what’s under the hood is hard to miss.

The LR2 is brightened up for the new model year with a revised headlamp design, new wheels and more exterior colors. The big news is that the compact SUV’s six-cylinder gets the boot, replaced by a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 23, 2012 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2010-2011 Land Rover LR2

2011 Land Rover LR2Land Rover is recalling 2,956 2010-2011 LR2s over a manufacturing error that could affect the deployment of the driver’s side airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the affected vehicles the shorting bar in the clock spring may become disconnected when the driver’s side airbag module was installed. As a result, the airbag may not deploy as intended or not at all, which could increase the risk of injury in an accident.

Land Rover dealers will repair and install a spacer into the driver’s airbag clock spring harness connector free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin Dec. 13. Owners may call Land Rover at 800-637-6837 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.

By Colin Bird | November 29, 2010 | Comments (0)

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