Land Rover LR2

Land Rover LR2

Just as the Great Recession set in and gas prices spiked sharply, Land Rover introduced the all-new LR2 compact SUV in the United States. Primarily a manufacturer of full-size, luxury SUVs, Land Rover immediately found fans for the LR2 upon its launch in 2008 among drivers looking for a more fuel-efficient, compact crossover SUV.

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2009 Land Rover LR2
Love the ride, love the comfort, and love the handling.
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Model Overview

Designed to appeal to compact SUV buyers looking for luxury, handling, and space, the LR2 delivers with a ground clearance of 8.3 inches that, combined with an innovative all-wheel drive (AWD) system, makes the vehicle more than capable for off road driving. Its fully independent strut suspension and large disc brakes offers you performance, handling, and safety and the Land Rover British mystique.

When the 2008 LR2 went on sale in the United States, the vehicle was not entirely new to the American auto market. Since 2001, Land Rover had been selling a compact SUV in the American market under the model name Freelander. The Freelander found it hard to compete in an American auto market that was dominated by sedans, full-size SUVs, and pickup trucks and was discontinued in 2006. The LR2 is essentially a reintroduction of the Freelander with updates. It has more space inside and out, courtesy of a wheelbase 5.9-inches longer than the Freelander as well as more power from a 3.2 liter inline V6 engine.

The first generation of LR2s from Land Rover 2008-2010 model years are fine specimens of Land Rover design and engineering. If you're looking to take advantage of newer looks for a great price, start your search with the 2011 year models, which boast the same frame and engine as the new models. The 2011 model also introduced updated styling inside with redesigned seats and new instruments and outside with new front bumpers and a different grille.

If you love extras and technology, pay attention to some of the extras found in teh 2011 and 2012 models: panoramic sunroofs, rear-park assist technology, a touch screen navigation system, and 12-speaker surround sound. Whether you want to trek off road or simply drive the kids to school, you'll get added safety features starting in 2011 such as front- and side-curtain airbags, emergency brake assist, and electronic brake-force distribution.

Another redesign distinguishes the 2013 model year by improving engine performance and providing better mileage for gas conscious drivers. A new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is 88 pounds lighter with anEPA-estimated mpg for the of 17 city and 24 highway. On the outside, the 2013 LR2 has a re-styled grille and updated LED head lights and tail lights as standard. If you like the touchscreen trend, the 2013 LR2 also features a 7-inch touchscreen in the center console and a 5-inch display screen between gauges in the dash. Navigation assistance is an optional upgrade.

The 2014 Land Rover LR2 is expected to include many of the same features that Land Rover included on the new 2013 models. The turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine returns boasting greater horsepower and torque than the older V6 engine. Land Rover maintained many of the performance and handling features of previous models, as well as many of the interior changes from the previous year. Pump up the luxury by selectively searching for trim options that feature dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, and new instrument cluster graphics. Option packages also nclude Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, and a Cold Climate Pack that offers a heated steering wheel, heated washer jets for the windshield, and heated front seats.  

Land Rover achieved record sales for all its cars in the U.S. in 2013 with 50,010 units sold including a record breaking December with 5,764 units sold. Although the U.S. has been one of the automaker's fastest growing markets, no specific sales data on the LR2 was available.