2011 Land Rover LR4: The most capable offroader we've tested

The 2011 Land Rover LR4 may not be sophisticated from a cabin tech standpoint, but its power train technology is most certainly worthy of note.

Big, loud, and powerful, the Land Rover LR4 surprised us with its off-road nimbleness.
Big, loud, and powerful, the Land Rover LR4 surprised us with its off-road nimbleness. Josh Miller/CNET

Cabin technology was good, but nowhere near as advanced as the power train tech.
Cabin technology was good, but nowhere near as advanced as the power train tech. Josh Miller/CNET

It is easy to look at the 2011 Land Rover LR4 and see a big dumb SUV. Its boxy form and imposing presence drew sneers and rolled eyes as we made our way around the streets of San Francisco, where the Prius reigns supreme. However, unlike most gas-guzzling poseur utility vehicles, the Rover is actually a very capable SUV with an advanced Terrain Management system that allowed the massive SUV to climb loose dirt hills like a mountain goat and pull itself through slick mud holes like it was fitted with treads. All the while, the LR4 isolates its driver and passengers from the elements with an air suspension and a luxurious optional premium leather interior.

However, the LR4 is not without its compromises. The heavy vehicle and powerful engine combo combines to deliver fuel economy that averages dangerously low in the teens. Meanwhile, it's cabin technology package is, with the exception of the stellar premium audio system, best described as "adequate."

Check out the full review of the 2011 Land Rover LR4 HSE for more details, pictures, and video.

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Antuan Goodwin gained most of his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and performance to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable. Email Antuan, follow him on Twitter, or like him on Facebook. Antuan

 

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