2012 Land Rover LR4

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Pros: Off-road capability; Strong V8 engine; Upscale looks; Outward visibility; Beautiful interior

Cons: Thirsty V8 engine; Heavy; Somewhat cramped third row seat; On-pavement handling

Overview
The 2012 Land Rover LR4 offers both all-weather power and luxury. It delivers a comfortable ride, stellar off-road performance, interior refinement and ergonomics that are leaps and bounds above the LR3, which it replaced two years ago. Not only can it get down and dirty with ease, it exudes urban sophistication with its luxurious looks.

Its interior gets the same luxurious treatment as the exterior. Everything from the seats, to the dash and right down to the steering wheel are crafted from high-quality materials that feel rich to the touch. There is ample legroom and headroom, even for large adults although the optional third row seat is a bit cramped and is better suited for children.

Off-highway is where the LR4 shines thanks to its adjustable suspension and Terrain Response System. Just make sure you bring plenty of gas money on longer trips. With its 5.0L V8, The LR4 is one of thirstiest SUV’s in its class and despite its acquired taste for premium gasoline only, it accelerates at a good pace and delivers great power in return.

Overall, though not without its faults, the LR4 is a sound choice if you are looking for a luxury SUV with a strong engine and serious off-road capability.

Trims
The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is available in one trim level. It comes well equipped with standard features such as 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery with eight-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, A power front sunroof with a fixed rear sunroof, and an eleven-speaker sound system with touchscreen control, Bluetooth® phone and audio streaming, an in-dash CD changer, two USB ports and an auxiliary input jack.

Adding the optional HSE Package will get you a unique set of wheels, power folding mirrors, LED daytime running lights, front parking sensors, a third-row seat with rear seat climate controls and a voice activated navigation system with real-time traffic.

The optional HSE LUX Package gains the Climate Comfort Package which includes front and rear heated seats, a heated windshield with heated washer nozzles and a heated steering wheel. It also gets adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, upgraded leather upholstery, interior ambient lighting, a cooler box located in the center console, driver seat memory functions with additional seat adjustments and a premium sixteen-speaker Hartman Kardon sound system.

Stand-alone options include 20-inch alloy wheels, a locking rear differential, a 360-degree camera system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a six-disc DVD changer. Various features included in the above mentioned packages are also offered as stand-alone options.

Safety
Standard safety features includes dynamic stability and traction control, antilock brakes, electronic brake assist, hill decent control, electronic brake-force distribution, rear-park distance control, trailer stability assist, automatic rain sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and six airbags with an occupant detection system. In the event of a collision, a standard collision-activated inertia switch will automatically unlock the doors, turn off the fuel pump and activate the hazard lights.

Optional safety features include a 360-degree camera system, a blind spot monitoring system and active headlights.

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 LR4:  

Available Trims MSRP
LR4 V8 $49,750
LR4 with HSE Package $53,975
LR4 with HSE LUX Package $58,995
Similar vehicles that are worth a look before you buy: MSRP
2012 Lexus RX RX 450h $47,700
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2012 Infiniti FX FX35 Limited Edition $52,950

EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

LR4

5.0L V8

6-Speed Automatic with Commandshift®

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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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