Search Cars for Sale

2012 Land Rover LR2: New Car Review – Video

Editor’s note: 2015 was the last production year of the Land Rover LR2 for the U.S. You may want to read Autotrader’s 2013 Land Rover LR2 review or the 2014 Land Rover LR2 review.


Maurice Whitfield: It’s easy to think of Land Rover as the brand that makes large, fully capable, off-road-ready luxury SUVs with a thirst for gasoline. They’ve earned the reputation.

Amanda Salas: But the compact 2012 LR2 shows a different side of Land Rover, exhibiting a more on-road-friendly ride and better gas mileage than its larger siblings.

Maurice: Built with unibody construction, this five-passenger crossover SUV has more of an all-weather identity than an all-terrain one.

Amanda: And for that, it faces some stiff competition from other luxury-car-based crossovers like the Acura RDX, the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.

Maurice: No question, the LR2 is well equipped. Standard features include Napoli leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control and this gorgeous sunroof.

Amanda: We especially like the stadium seating that puts the rear seats almost two inches higher, giving everyone a clear view.

Maurice: Our LR2 came with the Climate Comfort package, a recommended option especially in northern climates. It adds heated front seats and a heated windshield to chase away that winter ice, snow and freezing rain.

The unibody construction of the LR2 means it doesn’t have the rugged truck-based capability of a Range Rover, but it does handle simple everyday driving better than body-on-frame vehicles.

Amanda: And the 230 horsepower coming from the standard 3.2-liter inline-6 engine provides good pickup, while the permanent all-wheel drive that’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission will get you around in some pretty tough weather. Unfortunately, that confidence you get with permanent all-wheel drive comes with a price: just so-so fuel economy, especially in the city.

Maurice: This is an improvement over typical Land Rover ratings, but not by much.

Amanda: The LR2 is certainly not lacking standard safety features. In addition to a full array of front, front side and curtain airbags, there’s also a driver’s knee airbag as well as four-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes and stability and traction control.

Maurice: Plus, advanced features like roll stability control, hill descent control and corner brake control that minimizes the risk of fishtailing when braking hard in turns.

Amanda: A lot for your money! Not counting destination fee, the LR2 costs close to $36,000. Add in the HSE LUX package, and you tack on nearly another $5,000. For the best value, we recommend going with the base model.

 Maurice: Capable and unassuming, the 2012 Land Rover LR2 has lots to offer compact luxury SUV shoppers.

Amanda: It may not be as flashy and sporty as other European crossovers, but it’s as hardy and luxurious as you’d expect from Land Rover.

Find a 2012 Land Rover LR2 for sale


Our editors are here to make car buying easier. We’ve driven, reviewed and compared thousands of cars. We’ve bought and sold more than our fair share, too. And as part of the sprawling Cox Automotive group of companies, we have exclusive access to a range of valuable data and insights. Whether you’re looking for the best car, the best deal or the best buying advice, you can trust... Read More about Autotrader

Sign up for Autotrader newsletters

The best cars and best deals delivered to your inbox

Email Address 

By subscribing, you agree to our privacy policy

Where You Can Buy

Loading dealers...

Leave a Comment

Land Rover LR2 News & Reviews

Most Popular Articles

Best New Cars for 2022

Here is our list of the best new cars for 2022 (presented in alphabetical order by manufacturer).

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Look

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid jumps to the head of the hybrid class.

Best Car Deals: November 2022

This month's best new car deals include several attractive offers for qualified shoppers.

Search By Style

More Articles Like This