2009 Land Rover Range Rover HSE

Having driven the Mercedes-Benz G550 a couple weeks ago, I found the Range Rover offers similar features. For instance, legendary off-road capability, luxurious interior quality, and a sticker price that'll make you weak in the knees. This Rover rolled in at a whopping $83,375 smackaroos.

I hope Phil is right about Range Rover updating the infotainment system for the 2010 models, as I had a difficult time trying to work ours. Also, for such a large vehicle, I was surprised Range Rover didn't offer a third row seat.

I found the tight turning radius to be extremely beneficial in the city, helping make u-turns precise and quick. Ease the gas pedal to the floor on an on-ramp, and you'll find you get up to speed rather quickly thanks to the 4.4-liter V-8. Highway cruising is quiet and pleasant, and the vehicle seems to float over harsh roads.

The Range Rover is a great sport-ute. But for the money, I'd look elsewhere.

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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