2008 Land Rover Range Rover HSE

Looking at the Range Rover through $4-plus-per-gallon glasses, I want to dislike this vehicle for what it represents. The EPA fuel economy is 12/18 mpg, which is particularly dismal when you consider that the RR demands premium fuel.

I don't dislike the Range Rover, though, for the same emotional reasons that Marc and Phil already mentioned. It's always been a low-volume seller, so its relevance might not change too much in the new world of fuel prices. After all, when you spend $85K on a five-passenger British (Indian?) SUV, the price of gas in Frisco probably doesn't matter much to you anyway.

I love the forceful, confident styling; I love the chunky cabin materials, assembled with such apparent care; and I love that this über-ute doesn't ride like a truck (unlike our Four Seasons Toyota Land Cruiser).

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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