There is enough Land Rover flavor here to satisfy those who are shut out of the LR3 due to its higher price, but it's not like the LR2 is cheap. This 2009 model came to us without an as-tested price, but I suspect it's at least $40,000, since our vehicle was loaded for bear with all manner of luxury equipment. That's a lot of money for a modestly sized, modestly powered crossover SUV, but if you really have to have a Land Rover, here's your cheapest way to do it.
Plusses include the handsome, square-jawed exterior; the comfortable, upright seats; the supple ride quality; the decent steering feel; and the absolutely divine headlights, which on high beam are akin to having stadium klieg lights strapped to the front of the vehicle. With them, I was able to pick out a couple of deer on the side of the road that were about to step into my path. Whoa! The brakes worked very well.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor