EDITORS NOTEBOOK: 2008 Land Rover LR3, Day 1

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Read Marc Noordeloos's comments on driving the 2008 Land Rover LR3.

I still like this vehicle despite its porky weight, anemic engine, and questionable reliability. I love the seating position and view out the windows as well as the styling but, best of all; its second and third row seating design should be the envy of every other car company. All five seats fold totally flat, the third row has room for real adults, car seats plug in perfectly, and you can even put long items down the middle when you have two child seats plugged in. Why can't other cars be this well designed?

The Land Rover also has a ride/handling characteristic that is perfectly befitting of the vehicle. It feels heavy but the accurate steering and well-controlled ride just feels right. I do feel that Land Rover retuned the steering for 2008 as it feels a touch lighter (a bit too light) than both our four-seasons LR3 and the models I've driven in the UK. I also see that Land Rover successfully fixed a list of niggles we had on our long-termer. It now has auto up and down windows, three-blink indicators, and the power seats work even when the key is out of the ignition. Plus, they added an available luxury package that includes upgraded leather as well as wood trim.

As with the Acadia, the standard Goodyear tires are not great in the snow as braking distances were quite scary when the white stuff hit on Saturday. But you can always get winter tires. If (when) Land Rover offers a diesel version of this in the States, I would love to get one for Alice. It is English you know!

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