2014 Land Rover Range Rover: Car Seat Check

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It doesn't get much more posh than the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover. This ultraluxury SUV wraps its passengers in comfort with its supple leather seats and head restraints that are as soft as pillows. With room for five, our test car had a long wheelbase, which adds 7.9 inches to this already large SUV's length. Some may argue that this isn't a family car, but our policy is to test cars that arrive in our Chicago headquarters that have a workable backseat, and the Range Rover certainly meets that criterion.

The Range Rover nearly fit three child-safety seats across its backseat, but the seats were too close together for a child in a booster seat to reach the seat belt buckle. Using narrow car seats in the backseat might be an option for parents of three kids interested in this SUV.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | August 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

All British SUVs Should Be Green (16 photos)

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There are a few established theories about cars that are reinforced the longer you review them for a living. Stuff like "It's really hard to beat the Honda Accord." Or "Yep, Subarus are really good in the snow."

After parking a 2014 Range Rover Supercharged long wheelbase in the driveway for a few days I can add one more to the list, "All British SUVs should be green."

Related: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase: Up Close

Why? Well, for one, hues of dark green have been identified with British cars for decades. It's also a color you don't see that often, and in this case the Aintree Green paint job was both subtle and sophisticated, reemphasizing the fact that not only are you piloting a giant, powerful and luxurious SUV but it's also a British SUV. And isn't that what you're trying to say when you pick a Range Rover over a Lexus LX or Mercedes-Benz GL?

By David Thomas | August 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Land Rover LR4 Video

Cars.com reviewer Patrick Olsen said the 2014 Land Rover LR4 is a handsome and reasonably affordable luxury SUV. That third row, though. Ugh. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-2015 Land Rover LR2, 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 41,000 model-year 2010-15 Land Rover LR2 and model-year 2012-13 Range Rover Evoque small luxury SUVs

The Problem: A component within the occupant classification system electronic control unit may fail, resulting in the front passenger airbag being totally or partially disabled. In a crash necessitating airbags, deployment may not occur or may occur improperly, increasing the risk of injury to the front-seat passenger.

The Fix: Land Rover will begin notifying owners on Aug. 30, and dealers will update the restraint control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Signals Rip-Roaring Rovers to Come

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In a bid to satisfy anyone who thought the brand's supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines needed even more kick, Land Rover announced plans this week to debut even quicker SVR editions. It all starts with what the British automaker calls the "fastest Land Rover ever" in its inaugural version: the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR, whose supercharged V-8 cranks out 550 horsepower. That's enough to scoot the 5,148-pound SUV from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is a half-second quicker than the existing Range Rover Sport's 510-hp, supercharged V-8.

Related: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Real-World Cargo Space

Higher boost from the supercharger bring torque up 41 pounds-feet to 502 pounds-feet. All that power hits the ground through full-time four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic, but Land Rover says both systems have been retuned for SVR duty.

A larger, two-stage exhaust system sings through quad tailpipes, but you can select a "Quiet mode" if the neighbors complain. Exterior changes include a darker grille finish and unique lower bumpers with taller openings and additional cooling. Behind the SVR's 21-inch wheels, the 15-inch front brakes get more cooling, the adaptive and active (anti-roll) suspension has upgraded rear bushings. The SVR's steering also has less power assist as well as new front underbody panels and a rear spoiler reduce lift. All of this adds just 55 pounds versus the supercharged V-8 Range Rover Sport.

By Kelsey Mays | August 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: Car Seat Check

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The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport gained the Evoque's signature looks in its 2014 redesign. It also gained an optional third row — creating seating for seven — that some families might find useful for smaller kids. Our test car had only two rows with seating for five.

We managed to fit all three of our child-safety seats — booster, rear-facing infant seat and convertible — in the Range Rover Sport's backseat, but it failed to meet our criteria for an acceptable fit: A child's hand must be able to fit between the booster seat and the next car seat to buckle up. However, in the Range Rover Sport the car seats were jammed together so tightly that even the smallest of hands couldn't fit. However, a different configuration of car seats — two boosters and an infant seat, for example — might work. Parents of three who are interested in this car should bring their children's car seats along to a visit to the dealership.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover LR4 Review

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"While updates over the years have kept the 2014 Land Rover LR4 handsome and relatively affordable, its third-row accommodations remain unfortunate," said Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. Read the review for more.

2014 Land Rover LR4 Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | June 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover LR4 Real-World Cargo Space

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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.

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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.

By Joe Bruzek | May 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover LR4: Car Seat Check

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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

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By Jennifer Newman | May 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover

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Vehicles Affected: Land Rover is recalling about 5,238 model-year 2014 Range Rover SUVs manufactured between May 7 and Oct. 10, 2013.

The Problem: The turn-signal indicator may not flash or click at a double rate to notify the driver of a front turn-signal malfunction. Without a warning that a signal is malfunctioning, the driver could continue to use the vehicle unaware that other drivers are not being notified of a turn, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Land Rover will notify owners on or before May 27, and dealers will update the vehicle software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

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