'Price Is Right' Contestants to Bid on 'Dream Cars'


OK, playing "The Price is Right" rules, as close as you can without going over: How much would you expect to pay for a Porsche Cayenne? How about a Range Rover Sport SE? A Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, Tesla Model S or Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster? All next week contestants on the iconic game show will be making bids on that half-million-dollar quintet of luxury vehicles in hopes of hearing Bob Barker … er … we mean, Drew Carey, announce that they've won "A NEW CARRR!!!"

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"Dream Car Week" runs Oct. 13-17 on the four-decade-old-plus shopping-themed game show that asks contestants to wager on the retail price of merchandise in hopes of winning extravagant prizes presented by comely models. The show was famously hosted by Barker from its inception until 2007, when bespectacled comedian and sitcom star Carey succeeded him. The show runs 11 a.m. to noon Eastern Standard Time weekdays on CBS.

By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase Real-World Cargo Space


Land Rover's ultra-posh Range Rover wasn't lacking interior or cargo space before 2014. Still, that didn't stop Land Rover from offering the ultimate Range Rover backseat experience with a new long wheelbase model by lengthening the aluminum unibody for an additional 7.3 inches of backseat legroom and an overall 7.9 inches of exterior body length.

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

Other than legroom, the Range Rover Long Wheelbase's cargo volume increases from 71.7 cubic feet to 82.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Cargo space behind the highly versatile split-folding 40/20/40 backseat remains unchanged at 32.1 cubic, closed off by a clamshell-type cargo opening with lower tailgate and upper liftgate. The less commonly used clamshell tailgate requires a good long reach to retrieve items in the back when the tailgate is folded, one annoyance of the style. See how well common items fit in the Range Rover Long Wheelbase below.

By Joe Bruzek | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport: First Look


Competes with: Lexus NX200, Lincoln MKC, Audi Q5, BMW X3

Looks like: The Evoque's slightly more mature older brother

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; nine-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

MSRP: $38,920 including destination

Land Rover has done well with its recent smaller offering, the Range Rover Evoque, which has become a style setter for the brand and a less costly way for new buyers to get a taste of the mix of luxury and go-anywhere ability that the British automaker has sold for decades. Now a new model joins the lineup with just a tad of the Evoque's style but much more practicality and at a less expensive price.

Related: All British SUVs Should Be Green (16 photos)

The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport replaces the LR2 in the lineup and comes in just below the larger LR4, which itself is sold as the Discovery everywhere else in the world. The new Discovery Sport is slated as the first of a new family of Discovery-branded vehicles, likely meaning that the next LR4 will go back to being Discovery here too (much in the way that the company offers a Range Rover and smaller Range Rover Sport).

By Aaron Bragman | September 3, 2014 | Comments (7)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover: Car Seat Check


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)


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


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


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 (3)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: Car Seat Check


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


"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

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

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

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