2010 Land Rover Range Rover HSE

The deep brown leather is stunning! The color looks beautifully organic and rich, and the cream leather on the dash and seats is a lovely accent. The upgraded leather-also found on the door pulls-is actually relatively inexpensive. It's part of the $4950 luxury interior package that also includes, cooled, 12-way powered front seats (heated seats, front and rear, come standard), twenty-inch wheels, and auto-dimming sideview mirrors, among other things. Don't worry, the rear seat passengers aren't neglected: they get the same leather and supremely comfortable seats and plenty of space to stretch out as foot- and legroom is significant.

Like its main competitor, the Mercedes-Benz G-wagen, the Range Rover feels so solid and practically indestructible. But where the G-wagen feels industrial, the Range Rover feels regal and refined. Although there is some wind noise at highway speeds, the cabin is remarkably isolated from the outside world. The infotainment system is more attractive and user friendly than the system it replaces, plus Jaguar/Land Rover addressed the systems' most glaring weakness by improving its response time.

Like Joe DeMatio, I also couldn't get the rearview camera to work. This would normally be just a minor inconvenience but the rear seat headrests significantly impede rearward visibility making reversing this big, tall vehicle a bit of a challenge. The smaller center headrest can be moved out of the way as it's connected to the flip-down arm rest/cupholder, but, unfortunately, the massive outboard headrests are fixed and can only be moved by flipping down the entire rear seat.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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