Considering how much overall cargo space the 2014 Land Rover LR4 offers, shoppers may be surprised by how little room there is behind the optional third row. The 9.9 cubic feet of cargo space back there isn't the most user-friendly because of its size as well as its two-piece tailgate/liftgate. It makes for awkward loading and creates a ledge that items have to be lifted or slid over.
Otherwise, the cargo area behind the second row is flat and tall, contributing to overall competitive cargo space with SUVs like the Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Lexus GX 460. The optional third row may not be the best fit for families who need a sizable cargo area and a third row. Below, see the items we fit in the Land Rover LR4's cargo area.
The Land Rover LR4 has been a mainstay in our story, Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats, since we started performing Car Seat Checks in 2010. The 2014 LR4 still fits three child-safety seats across its second-row bench, but there are some problems that resulted in less than perfect grades for this three-row, seven-seat SUV. There's also a two-row model with seating for five.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Three
How many car seats fit in the third row? Two
Land Rover is planning to debut a new concept with a very storied name at the New York International Auto Show, but the concept doesn't just preview one new Land Rover SUV, rather it marks a whole new sub-brand for the automaker. Land Rover says the Discovery Vision Concept "will showcase the design and technology vision for a future new family of Discovery vehicles."
The first-generation of the Discovery was introduced in England 25 years ago and was eventually known in the U.S. as the LR4. Based on the dark teaser video above, the Discovery Vision Concept appears to be LR4-sized and offer configurable seating for seven, hinting at that model's eventual replacement.
Check out the teaser video for more details and check back with us in mid-April for more Land Rover news from the 2014 New York Auto Show.
UPDATE 10/15/2013: Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.
In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.
The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.
As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:
Last week's No. 1 most popular video was bumped by a newcomer this week. Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman's drive of the Cadillac CTS Vsport is No. 2 this week, replaced by Kelsey Mays' review of the 2013 Land Rover LR4. Check out what else was popular this week.
The 2013 Land Rover LR4 is not without its charms. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays lauds the luxury SUV's soft ride, maneuverability relative to bulk, spirited acceleration from its 5.0-liter V-8 and a refreshingly comfortable third row. On the other hand, lousy fuel economy and maddeningly complicated seat folding for expanded cargo space are turnoffs. Watch the video and decide whether you think the LR4 needs to evolve or just go extinct.Related
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