Land Rover LR4

Land Rover LR4     Photo: Photo courtesy Land Rover

THE SELL: A ruling off-roader that's also king of the interstate.
THE TEST: The boxy LR4 packs a monstrous 5.0-liter, 375-hp V8 that makes short work of trail obstacles and passing lanes. On a nasty, boulder-strewn doubletrack trail in the Rockies, I put the nearly three-ton LR4 into "rock crawl" mode to adjust the air suspension, transmission, and traction control. The Rover rolled through it easily, though it felt unnervingly top-heavy on sloping tra­verses.
THE VERDICT: Abysmal gas mileage aside—I averaged 14 mpg around town—the LR4 was the smoothest (both on- and off-road) and most luxurious full-size SUV in the test this year. $47,650; 12 mpg city/17 hwy; landrover.com

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