Surprising off-road capability; competitive base MSRP; peppy acceleration
Forgettable fuel economy; cramped interior; unproven long-term reliability
Changes for 2014 are minimal, with a new model expected to replace the LR2 in 2015. For now, the 2014 LR2 gets a revised infotainment system and upgraded Sirius Satellite Radio functionality. The 825-watt Meridian audio system is now a standalone option.
We don't see much reward in getting a loaded LR2, as that almost puts you in Evoque territory. Stick with the base model, though, and you're looking at something of a bargain in this segment.
The 2014 Land Rover LR2 is offered in three trim levels: base, HSE and LUX.
The base model ($37,495) comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels (19-in wheels are optional), automatic headlamps, fog lights, heated mirrors, LED taillamps, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, basic power front seats (6-way driver, 4-way passenger), a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary controls, Bluetooth, a 7-in infotainment touchscreen and an 11-speaker Meridian audio system with a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
The HSE ($39,995) adds a few exterior styling flourishes and niceties, such as extra power-seat adjustments and a rearview camera with Hitch Assist for towing.
The LUX ($42,595) tacks on Windsor leather seats, premium floor mats and a 17-speaker, 825-watt Meridian surround-sound audio system.
LR2 options include a voice-command system, a hard-drive-based navigation system, the 825-watt Meridian audio system and heated front seats.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||0.5 Years/7,500 Miles|
Acura RDX -- The RDX offers front-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive, and it's one of the better values in this segment.
Audi Q5 -- The Q5 certainly makes more of a fashion statement, and it has an excellent optional supercharged V6.
BMW X3 -- The X3 continues to be one of our favorites. It's available with either 4-cylinder power or a phenomenal twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder.