Summary, Prices, Specs

By December 9, 2006

Summary

The Land Rover LR3 offers brilliant off-road capability with on-road comfort. The V6 model lowered the cost of entry last year, and is even better equipped for '07. The LR3 may be the best vehicle for anybody who needs a comfortable daily driver that really can go anywhere any four-wheel vehicle might go.

John Stewart filed this report for New Car Test Drive.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Land Rover LR3 V6 SE ($41,435); V8 SE ($48,235); HSE ($53,235)
Engines:216-hp 4.0-liter sohc 12-valve V6, 300-hp 4.4-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Transmissions:six-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist; Cornering Brake Control (CBC); Active Roll Mitigation (ARM); all-terrain Dynamic Stability Control (DSC); Hill Descent Control (HDC); Park Distance Control; frontal, side-impact and side head curtain airbags
Safety equipment (optional):third-row head curtain airbags
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Solihull, England
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Land Rover LR3 HSE ($53,235)
Standard equipment:leather seating surfaces w/Alcantara door panels; dual-zone automatic climate control w/programmed defrost; 550-watt Harman/Kardon Logic7 digital surround-sound AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash changer, 14 speakers; steering wheel mounted audio controls; cargo space cover, foldable & removable w/two positions & integrated roller cover, stores into floor when not in use; defroster, electric rear window; instrumentation, full including tachometer, fuel filler-door indicator, message information center & outside temperature display; navigation on/off-road w/7-in color screen, DVD based, voice-activated operation & 4WD Information Center; auto-dimming rearview mirror; 12-volt accessory outlets (2); power windows w/backlit controls & on-touch down for front windows; power central locking system w/superlocking, emergency key entry via concealed panel in drivers door; sunroof, power tilt & slide plus fixed Alpine roof over 2nd & 3rd row seats w/integrated sun blinds; retained accessory power for windows & sunroofs; cupholders (6); seats, 1st row, reclining, 8-way power adjustable drivers, 6-way power adjustable front passenger w/dual folding front armrests; driver-seat memory; rear seats split 35/30/35 folding; leather wrapped, tilt, telescopic steering wheel w/electronic cruise control/audio controls; remote-control rear suspension height adjuster
Options as tested (MSPR):Heavy Duty Package ($625) includes active locking rear differential & full-size spare tire & alloy wheel
Destination charge:$715
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$54575
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:4.4-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):300 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):315 @ 4000
Transmission:6-speed automatic ZF electronically controlled with Sport and Manual modes; 2-speed electronic transfer gearbox with shift-on-the-move capability
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:N/A
Wheelbase:113.6 in.
Length/width/height:190.9/75.4/74.5 in.
Track, f/r:63.2/63.5 in.
Turning circle:37.6 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.4/NA/42.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:42.4/NA/37.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:40.1NA/36.3 in.
Cargo volume:90.3 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:7700 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, double wishbone with long-travel air springs
Suspension, r:independent, double wishbone with long-travel air springs
Ground clearance:9.5 in.
Curb weigth:5796 lbs.
Tires:255/55HR19
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/ vented disc w ABS, Brake Assist, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill Descent Control (HDC)
Fuel capacity:22.8 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of December 9, 2006.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-FINE-4WD - www.landrover.com