When I first learned that the LR3 would be gaining a direct-injection engine and changing its name to LR4, I thought the minor changes didn't warrant a new name. I still don't think the new name makes any sense (Does this mean that the LR2 will turn into an LR3 if it's ever refreshed? How confusing will used-vehicle shopping be then?), but I no longer feel the changes are so minor.
Land Rover has given us a heavily upgraded interior, enough power to make the LR4 fast, and even a slightly better ride than the LR3 delivered. I was always a fan of the LR3 despite its tippy ride, prodigious curb weight, and lackadaisical acceleration. With the LR4, you no longer need to apologize for an outdated navigation interface or interior materials that would look out of place in a $35,000 vehicle. Land Rover really addressed the shortcomings of the LR3 and delivered a very solid SUV with the LR4. I even prefer this Land Rover over the more expensive and stylish Range Rover Sport and even the exclusive Range Rover.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor