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Most reviewers acknowledged the LR4’s prowess off the pavement, thanks to its sophisticated 4WD system, long-travel suspension and tall ride height. But the same engineering features that make it a serious off-roader can work against it on the asphalt, as the heavy 4WD equipment drags down its fuel economy and the supple suspension, especially when coupled with a high center of gravity, produces significant body lean on curvy roads.
Other points against the LR4 include a fairly hefty base price (near $50,000) and its typical British reliability, or lack thereof. But if your travels include slickrock, sand dunes and muddy two-tracks, few vehicles will handle that terrain as well as the LR4.
The LR4 is a descendant of the Land Rover Discovery, which was introduced in 1989. The current iteration was launched in the U.S. three years ago; and the 2012 Land Rover LR4 receives upgraded audio, navigation and infotainment systems, new wheel designs and new exterior colors.
The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is a four-door SUV that can hold up to seven passengers when fitted with its optional third-row seat.
The LR4 is sold in one trim level with standard equipment that includes leather upholstery, automatic climate controls, a powered sunroof and a 380-watt, 14-speaker sound system. HSE and HSE LUX upgrade packages add optional equipment that includes the third-row seat, a hard-disc navigation system, an upgraded sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, xenon HID headlamps and a Surround Camera System that uses five cameras to send a nearly 360-degree view of the LR4’s surroundings to the touch screen.
Powering the LR4 is a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. It’s joined to a six-speed automatic transmission and a fulltime 4WD system with a two-speed transfer case.
The EPA has rated the LR4’s fuel economy at 12 mpg city, 17 highway and 14 combined.
The 2012 Land Rover LR4 has a rated towing capacity of 7,716 pounds.
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