2012 Land Rover LR2

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Overview
The LR2 is the smallest vehicle in Land Rover’s lineup. As an entry level vehicle, it replaced the aging and expensive Freelander but unfortunately it is also outdated and expensive as well.

The LR2 is built by people who only know how to do one thing- build dependable, solid, drudge through anything you throw at it vehicles. If your daily commute consists of trailblazing through the woods or farmlands, then this could be the right sort of vehicle for you. All-wheel drive is standard and it offers plenty of ground clearance to get you moving through tough terrain consisting of mud and snow. But if you prefer to stay on the payment, which most do, there are many choices that outclass the LR2 in this department.

The LR2 offers the typical Land Rover creature comforts such as supple leather seating surfaces and rich wood trims however some materials used fall short when compared to the likes of other luxury SUV’s. There is plenty of leg and headroom, even for larger adults, but its rear bench seat is firm and uncomfortable. The optional navigation is simple to use, unlike the LR2’s other instruments and controls which are placed everywhere and hard to read. About the only thing I liked was its overwhelming list of standard features, if you could find them all.

All-in-all, the Land Rover LR2 makes for a stellar off-road vehicle, but has a lot of room for improvement. Despite its drawbacks, die-hard Rover fans are likely to care about its lack of interior ergonomics and uninspiring engine.

Trims
The 2012 Land Rover LR2 is available in one trim level. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, a panoramic sunroof, heated and power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery with power-adjustable front seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 9-speaker Alpine sound system with a CD player and auxiliary jack.

Adding the HSE Package will get you adaptive Xenon headlights with automatic leveling, satellite radio, Bluetooth®, driver seat memory functions and a universal garage door opener. The HSE Lux Package gains Windsor leather upholstery, premium carpet mats and an upgraded audio system along with the features included in the HSE Package.

Choosing the optional Climate Control package will add a heated windshield with heated washer nozzles, and heated front seats. Stand-alone options include 19-inch alloy wheels and a touchscreen navigation system.

Safety
Standard safety equipment includes a full array of airbags including a driver’s knee bag, antilock brakes, traction and stability control, hill decent control, electronic brake-force distribution, emergency brake assist, roll-stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, park-distance control and rain-sensing wipers.

Warranty Information
Every new Land Rover or Land Rover Range Rover vehicle is covered by a New Vehicle Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, a 6 year/unlimited mileage corrosion perforation warranty and other various emissions warranties. While under warranty, your new Land Rover will be covered by Land Rover Road Side Assistance which will bring help 24 hours a day, anywhere in the US. Bring your Land Rover into an authorized dealer within the first 12 months or 15,000 miles and the first required maintenance will be performed free of charge. This is with the exception of the LR2, which requires its first maintenance at 6 months or 7,500 miles.

MSRP- 2012 Land Rover LR2:  

Available Trims MSRP
2012 LR2 $36,550
2012 LR2 HSE $39,000
2012 LR2 HSE Lux $42,500
Similar vehicles that are worth a look before you buy: MSRP
2012 Volvo XC60 $33,300
2012 Nissan Xterra PRO-4x $32,245
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon $34,695

EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

LR2

3.2L I6 Engine

6-Speed Automatic with CommandShift®

15/22

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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