2011 Land Rover LR4 5.0L V8 4x4 6-speed Automatic Consumer Review - 2011 LR4 HSE

2011 Land Rover LR4 - Consumer Review

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V8 4dr SUV (5.0L V8 4x4 6-speed Automatic)

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2011 LR4 HSE
By red_rover on


2011 Land Rover LR4 V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)


After years of debate, I finally bought one of these things despite the warnings of high costs, poor mileage, and electrical problems. Now I have an LR4 and am experiencing high costs, poor gas mileage, and electrical problems. That said, I love this truck. On-road it is elegant and well-behaved; Off-road it is unstoppable. However, the LR4 is not for everyone. It should be a purchase based on emotion, as it is primarily an off-road truck that happens to drive quite well on the road. If you think you'll like it - you'll love it. If you're worried about cost or reliability, or if you never go off-road, then you may want to consider something else. But then again, life is too short!

Favorite Features

Unique and elegant styling - no confusing the LR4 with the ubiquitous Lexus and Toyotas bounding about in the Whole Foods parking lot. Hydraulics - it is lots of fun raising and lowering the truck with the push of a button. (although I dread the day that this breaks and I have to pay the repairs) Comfortable, well-mannered and ergonomically correct on-road. Unstoppable off-road, even on the most severe trails/conditions. Google some LR4 off-road videos for proof of this. Dealer-sponsored events (off-road treks, clubs, etc.)

Suggested Improvements

Lower costs (for example, the 3rd row seats via the HSE package is a whopping $6k option). Either improve mpg, or increase gas tank size. It's annoying having to fill up after 250 miles of driving. Front seats could retract farther back. At 6'1, I've got the seat as far back as it will go and it's just enough for my legs. People with long legs may find it a bit tight. Fix the USB port! This is a known issue with ALL Rovers, as it only works about 20% of the time. The dealer acknowledges the problem, and told me there's no fix for it (yet).
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