2014 Land Rover LR2: Car Seat Check


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)

2013 Land Rover LR2: Test Car Gallery


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)

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)

Cars.com Mileage Challenge 4.5: Final Thoughts


In what’s become a mileage challenge tradition, we wrap up our spring series with some driving impressions of each car. After all, two editors and our editor in chief spent nearly seven hours in these luxury crossovers.

By Kelsey Mays | May 22, 2009 | Comments (4)

Cars.com Mileage Challenge 4.4: The Premium Problem


Yesterday we brought you results from Cars.com’s latest mileage challenge, a 300-plus-mile trip, mostly on highways. The BMW X3 came in first with 23.7 mpg. The Land Rover LR2 came in second with 22.8 mpg, while the Volvo XC60 brought up the rear with 21.0 mpg.

Case closed? Not quite. Premium cars often need premium gas, but these cars are a diverse bunch. BMW’s high-tech Valvetronic engines — like the one in the X3 — require premium fuel. For the LR2, Land Rover merely recommends premium; spokeswoman Kim Binder-Daniel said regular will do, though “performance will degrade.”

By Kelsey Mays | May 21, 2009 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Mileage Challenge 4.3: The Results


The spring’s mileage challenge took three entry-level luxury crossovers — the BMW X3, Land Rover LR2 and Volvo XC60 — on 300-plus miles of mostly highway driving around northeast Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The results? Read on:

By Kelsey Mays | May 20, 2009 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Mileage Challenge 4.2: Sport Mode


Yesterday, we outlined the routes and cars for our latest mileage challenge: about 315 miles, mostly highway, in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We’ll report the full results tomorrow; today, we’re looking at the effects of Sport mode, something many luxury cars and an increasing number of non-luxury models offer. The X3 and LR2 both had it, activated by moving the shifter from Drive to the manual-shift gate.

By Kelsey Mays | May 19, 2009 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Mileage Challenge 4.1: Luxury Crossovers


Memorial Day is nigh, and that means the summer driving season will soon kick off. AAA recently reported that it expects 27 million Americans — that’s 83% of all Memorial Day travelers — to hit the road this weekend. That’s down from 2007 but up nearly 3 percent over last year, when sky-high gas prices took quite a toll on Memorial Day travel.

Gas may be cheap, but gas mileage is still top of mind. That’s why it’s time for another installment of Cars.com’s Mileage Challenge. After last fall’s econocar shootout, we felt ready for something a bit more upscale. So we turned to entry-level luxury crossovers, a segment once dominated by the Lexus RX and BMW X3. With starting prices around $35,000, that segment now includes models from at least 10 premium brands, most of which boast lower prices, better gas mileage and cozier cabins than their larger SUV siblings. We matched one of the latest — Volvo’s all-new XC60 — against the venerable X3 and the Land Rover LR2 in its sophomore season.

By Kelsey Mays | May 18, 2009 | Comments (8)

She Said, She Said: 2008 Land Rover LR2


Beth: The latest car to get the She Said/She Said treatment is Land Rover’s LR2, a compact luxury SUV that, frankly, I could sum up in one word: eh. It drives nicely, has comfortable seats and some cushy features; it just failed to elicit any strong feelings from me. There’s nothing exciting about its rather boxy looks, and the wood trim inside — probably intended to hint at luxury — screamed “cheesy” to me.

Amanda: I think I made a mistake in discussing the LR2 with a couple of the reviewers before I drove it. The way they spoke about it, I expected to love it — but I had the same lukewarm reaction you did. I agree that it was very comfortable to drive, and I never felt like it was too big for me, but there were so many things that seemed overly complicated about it. I had to fight with the armrest to get it to the right height; it seemed like there were an excessive number of buttons on the center console — and don’t even get me started on the navigation system.

By Beth Palmer | July 25, 2008 | Comments (2)

New Models Not Breaking Through in Tough Market


We have a saying around here that new cars sell, meaning a new design or totally new model will usually draw in shoppers. Whether it’s thanks to a ridiculous amount of money spent on advertising, positive reviews in the press or just a head-turning man-on-the street reaction, these cars usually perform. However, some much-hyped new models are not selling well these days as Americans tighten their belts. Check out which models whose sales we found surprisingly lackluster for the month of May. 

Pontiac G8: 1,832 units sold
Last year at this time, the outgoing and completely outdated Pontiac Grand Prix, which the G8 replaces, sold 12,230 units. Let’s just say for the sake of argument that half of those were fleet sales (which is probably on the high side). That would still mean it sold three times as well as the all-new, very-well-reviewed Pontiac G8. For the past few years, GM loyalists have begged GM to build this car, but now it seems these people aren’t willing to part with their cash for this large sedan. The V-8 version gets 15/24 mpg and the V-6 gets 17/25 mpg, both near the top in the segment, but still not attractive in $4-a-gallon-gas territory. That could be one issue. 

By David Thomas | June 5, 2008 | Comments (32)

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