1st car bought outside the "big" 3
By ccaparelli on
2008 Land Rover LR2 SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)
Having owned 2 Jeep Grand Cherokee's and a Ford Explorer, this was the first SUV I've owned outside of the "Big" 3. Needless to say, I have been extremely pleased with my LR2 so far. I've put just under 7,000 miles on it and have averaged 18 mpg city and 23/24 mpg highway, using standard fuel (87 oct) with no noticeable pinging/knocking. The interior may not be as pretty as a BMW, but it is very practically designed. Vision from the drivers seat is fantastic,very few blind spots. The nav system is very interactive and works great, and the sound system, although a little light on bass, is very good. Acceleration is a bit sluggish, but it's an SUV with good fuel economy, not a corvette
In grass/gravel/snow mode, the SUV handles fantastic in snow and on ice. Responsive steering. Auto up/down windows and front/rear foglamps are nice. Good cargo space for a compact SUV (4 golf bags just barely fit). Exterior styling is great, I get plenty of compliments! Overall, it is fantastic!
Big front brake rotors provide plenty of stopping power but generate tons of brake dust. Moonroof looks big but doesn't open very far. Poor call quality on bluetooth system compared to my Jeep with same phone/service. Little interior storage, but lets be honest, those usually just collect junk.