Top-notch off-road capability; ample passenger capacity and interior space; serious towing capacity; plentiful standard features
Poor fuel economy; substandard reliability rating
For 2014, the LR4 gets new front-end styling, a new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with start/stop technology (replacing the old 5.0-liter V8), as well as a new 8-speed automatic transmission. A new, single speed transfer case is made standard, with a 2-speed unit optional. A rear backup camera is also added, while last year's Harman Kardon stereo is replaced with a unit from British audio specialists Meridian.
At its $50,595 starting price, the LR4 is already equipped with a slew of standard features and leaves little more to desire. We do recommend customers upgrade to the 7-seat comfort package. Not only does it add two more seats -- and seats that fold delightfully flat when not in use -- but it also adds two more airbags to the mix. It's a $1,250 upgrade that's worth every penny.
The 2014 Land Rover LR4 comes in three trims: base, HSE and HSE LUX.
The base LR4 ($50,595) includes a single-speed transfer case with a 4-mode Terrain Response system, hill descent and gradient release control, air suspension with four vehicle height settings, a twin-panel Alpine glass roof with integrated power moonroof and 2-row seating for five passengers. Other standard features include leather seating, 19-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors, power front seats with driver side power lumbar support (manual on the passenger seat), dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, cruise control, push-button stop/start, and a 380-watt 11-speaker Meridian audio system with dual USB ports and iPod integration, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.
The HSE ($55,495) adds a third-row seat (increasing seating capacity to seven passengers), power-folding side mirrors, hard-drive-based voice-activated navigation, unique 19-in wheels and rear-seat climate controls.
The HSE LUX ($60,795) adds the Extended Windsor Leather Package and heating elements for the steering wheel, front windshield, front washer jets and front and rear seats. Also standard are adaptive HID headlights, a 17-speaker 825-watt Meridian audio system, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, front parking sensors and memory function for the driver's seat, steering wheel and mirrors.
Options for the LR4 include a Vision Assist Package with side blind zone monitoring, closing vehicle detection and rear cross-traffic alert; the Black Design Pack with 18- or 20-in black finish wheels, blackout trim for the grille, door handles, mirror caps and fender vents; and the Heavy Duty Package that brings a 2-speed transfer case, 5-mode Terrain Response (which adds rock crawling) and active locking center and rear differentials.
The HSE can be equipped with many of the LUX features, including the Climate Comfort Package. Standalone options include a rear-seat entertainment system, 20-in wheels and the Meridian audio upgrade. The base LR4 can also be upgraded to include 7-passenger seating.
|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||1 Years/15,000 Miles|
Infiniti QX80 AWD -- The QX80 is far more expensive than a base LR4 with similar amenities. Both SUVs are elegant but each is suited to different tastes, with the LR4 capable of much more off-road adventuring.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 -- Enthusiasts have devoted much time to comparing the Grand Cherokee with the LR4. Yes, you can get a Grand Cherokee for a lot less money than an LR4. But LR4 buyers get two extra seats, more horsepower, more interior space and 2,200 extra pounds of towing capacity.
Mercedes-Benz GL450 4MATIC -- The GL450 is big, fast and luxurious. It wouldn't dare take on the same rough terrain that the LR4 was born to tackle, but how many drivers really need to ford 46 inches of water? As in the LR4, the GL brings the prestige of an upscale and highly respected nameplate.