Test Drive: 2013 Land Rover LR4 Car Pro Review

Jerry Reynolds | June 20, 2013
Test Drive: 2013 Land Rover LR4 Car Pro Review

This week, I have the 2013 Land Rover LR4, which was proceeded by the LR3, and before that the Discovery. I don’t recall reviewing one of these in a long time, in fact, I believe the last one I drove was an LR3 I owned. You cannot mistake the high sides and boxy look of the LR4, even from a long way away.

Land Rover builds one of the most amazing 4-wheel drive systems in the auto industry. It will virtually climb a wall. The cool thing about a Rover is that even with all the off-road capability it has, it’s a wonderful vehicle on paved streets, and offers one of the most luxurious interiors you will find in any SUV.

Under the hood you have a 5.0 liter V8 that is shared with Jaguar. It has amazing acceleration, which you would expect from a 375-horse V8. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission that is silky smooth upon heavy throttle. All Rovers are 4-wheel drive and it has a ton of different settings, including hill descent control.

The interior, as noted earlier, is as nice as any SUV or luxury car I’ve ever been in. The mixture of leather and walnut is spectacular and the seats for the front passengers and second row passengers are comfortable with a ton of leg room. Due to the way the LR4 is shaped, any basketball player will have plenty of headroom.

New for 2013 is a third row seat, but there are some issues with it. Leg room is tight unless you are a child, and the operation of the third row seats is primitive at best. There is a three step process for each rear seat and frankly, they just are not very comfortable. One good thing about the third row seat is it does fold down completely flat, and when folded down, the LR4 has a lot of cargo area, but virtually none when the third row seats are in the upright position.

Like all Land Rovers, they come completely loaded. My Aintree Green test vehicle comes with all power accessories, steering wheel controls, a color monitor that operates everything, Bluetooth, Harmon Kardon stereo, 19” alloy wheels, keyless entry, pushbutton start and three sunroofs. The front sunroof opens, the two rear sunroofs are fixed.

LR4 rides and drives great, it handles rough road very smoothly, and the handling is much better than I remember from the last one. It leans just a little too much for me in a tight turn, but that is going to happen with an SUV that is top heavy like this one. Total weight of the vehicle is over 6000 pounds, towing capacity is 7700 pounds.

In addition to luxury and utility features, the 2013 Land Rover LR4 is loaded with safety components. There are integrated head restraints for all three rows of seats. The LR4 has six standard airbags that work in conjunction with its front passenger seat's occupant detection system. Included are driver and dual-threshold front-passenger, side thorax (for front seating positions) and head protection side curtain airbags for the front and second-row outboard seating positions. When ordered with the 7-seat comfort package, the LR4 includes two additional side curtain airbags for a total of eight.

The LR4 also features a collapsible steering column and an inertia switch that unlocks the doors, turns off the fuel pump and turns on interior and hazard lights in case of accident.

While there are many things about this vehicle I like, I have to score it low on a 1 to 5 scale. The reasons are extremely poor fuel economy, the poor setup of the third row seat, and missing items that should be on any near $60,000 SUV, like blind spot warning, cooled seats, and adaptive cruise control.

There are a lot of nice things about the LR4, but the bad things overshadow them.

What I liked most: The interior and performance aspects.

What I would change: Improve fuel economy.

MSRP: $49,100 base price, $57,940 as equipped.

Fuel Economy: 12 City/17 Highway. I averaged just over 13 in mixed driving.

Warranty: 4 Year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance and free maintenance.

2013 Land Rover LR4 in a few words: The weak link in the Rover Lineup.

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