Land Rovers are known for their ruggedness and off-road prowess. But perhaps what's most impressive about the 2013 Land Rover LR2 is just how well it behaves when mud becomes tarmac, the roads twist and turn and the driver demands sportiness, rather than its famous aptitude for traversing boulders.
The LR2 is Land Rover's entry level SUV. It seats five, and sits below the Land Rover LR4 and the premium Range Rover products. Despite the LR2 being an entry-level machine, you still get plenty of styling and luxury. Naturally, what Land Rover deems entry is, for many manufacturers, classed as a premium vehicle.
The 2013 LR2 receives subtle tweaks to the exterior, primarily with regards to head and taillights. The 2013 Land Rover LR2 interior is freshened, more technology is added.
Also, the 3.2-liter naturally aspirated motor on the 2012 LR2 has been replaced on the 2013 LR2 by a more powerful and fuel efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, lifted directly from the Range Rover Evoque. Fuel economy has been improved by two miles per gallon to an EPA-rated 17/24 mpg City/Highway. Power has been increased to 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque (up 10 hp and 16 lb-ft).
Pricing starts at $37,250 and three models are available (LR2, HSE, HSE LUX) with the price raising a couple of grand with each jump.
The LR2 boasts an all-wheel drive system by Haldex, and features Terrain Response that allows the driver to choose between four settings based upon the driving conditions faced (General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud & Ruts, and Sand).
Off-road, the car handles practically anything you can throw at it, from impossibly steep descents, river crossings and mud deep enough to drown a small dog.
When the going becomes less rough, the LR2 keeps going. The ride feels firm and poised, and the car exudes more agility and engagement than you would expect from a machine that made its name from scaling mountains.
The Land Rover LR2 is not just a one-trick pony. It's a compact SUV that can do it all.
The 2013 Land Rover LR2 comes in three models, each bringing a little extra luxury to the table, but even the base model comes well equipped.
Land Rover LR2 ($37,250) comes standard with leather seats, dual sunroof, dual climate control, seven-inch touch screen, six-way power adjustable seats, 11-speaker Meridian audio system, Terrain Response, Passive Start, AM/FM radio, CD, USB, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, Hill Descent Control, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
LR2 HSE ($39,750) adds rearview camera with hitch assist.
LR2 HSE LUX ($42,350) upgrades to Windsor leather seats, an 825-watt 17-speaker Meridian audio system, and premium carpet mats.
Options include the DVD Navigation System with touch screen ($1,900), Sirius Satellite Radio and Bluetooth Package ($800), Climate Comfort Package with heated front seats, heated front windshield and heated washer jets ($750). There's also a choice of two 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheel designs ($1,250).
Safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, permanent all-wheel drive, seven airbags, including driver and passenger front seats, front seat side airbags, full-length curtain airbags and inflatable knee bolsters. Front safety belts feature pre-tensioners and Hill Descent comes standard, controlling the cars speed on steep gradients. Rearview camera is optional.