Land Rover upgraded the engines, suspension, and interior of the Range Rover last year. It’s now focused on special edition packages and options that can push the sticker price of a fully loaded model to $170,000, but even the lowliest Range Rover is among the most luxurious and exclusive SUVs in the world. Two 5.0-liter V-8 engines — one normally aspirated and one supercharged — provide plenty of power and consume fuel at the rate of 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Range Rovers look distinguished and drive well, and the cabin ambience exudes an air of traditional British luxury. Outward visibility is excellent thanks to the abundance of large windows, a relative rarity in the modern automotive landscape. A new Autobiography Ultimate Edition model really pushes the price envelop by offering a teak floor in the cargo area, iPads for rear passengers, and customized interiors that can be crafted according to an individual buyer’s wishes. Exclusivity comes standard, simply because not many people are able to afford a Range Rover. It strikes a great balance between the capability of an SUV and the luxury that’s typically only found in the biggest and most expensive luxury sedans. If you can’t choose between these very different segments, the Range Rover won’t feel the least bit like a compromise.

Drive: 4-wheel
Trim levels: HSE, HSE LUX, Supercharged, Autobiography, Autobiography Ultimate Edition
Body style: SUV, 5-passenger
Engines: 5.0L V-8, 375 hp, 375 lb-ft
5.0L supercharged V-8, 510 hp, 461 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: N/A
Capacities: Towing 7716 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 35.2/74.2 cu ft

The Range Rover receives exterior updates, standard HD Radio, and standard iPod integration for 2012. A silver luxury package includes adaptive front lighting, a surround-view camera system, a wood and leather steering wheel, and black lacquer trim. The Autobiography Ultimate Edition includes Apple iPads as rear-seat entertainment, more luxurious leather and machined aluminum on the interior, and a teak cargo floor.

Stability and traction control; ABS; electronic brake assist; rear park-distance control; front, knee, pelvis, side, and side curtain air bags; and rain-sensing wipers are standard. A 360-degree camera system, active headlights, automatic-high-beam headlights, trailer-stability assist, and a blind-spot monitoring system are optional.

All: 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway

  • The ultimate SUV
  • Very exclusive
  • Off-road ability
  • Shares a lot with cheaper LR4
  • Looks a lot like a Range Rover Sport

The ultimate luxury SUV.

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