The Land Rover LR3 is a luxurious sport utility vehicle that is designed to accommodate seven passengers, although some of the V6 models have five-passenger seating with no rear jump seats in the cargo area. Even the base model comes with a finely-appointed interior and plenty of options to satisfy almost any driver. Cargo space is fairly limited if the cargo area is being used for passengers, but otherwise is adequate and can be expanded by collapsing the second row seats. While the SUV is designed to appeal to urban professionals, it is also quite competent in off-road settings.
With the exception of the 2008 and 2009 models, a 4.0-liter V6 engine is the standard motor used in the Land Rover LR3. An optional 300-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 engine is certainly a better choice for individuals that plan on towing anything, and the tow capacity is rated at just over 7,500 pounds. The car is offered in several other countries as the Discovery3, but the North American model is simply called the LR3, which indicates that it is a third generation.
From the first Land Rover LR3 in 2005 to the final model in 2009, there were very small differences present in both the interior and the exterior. A V6 engine was offered until 2008, but then the V8 engine became the only motor available for every trim level. The 2008 model also saw the five-passenger seating configuration give way to the usually equipped seven-passenger configuration. The latter models did, however, make significant improvements to the air suspension system. Over the years, the Land Rover LR3 has proven itself to be quite capable off road, and few other luxury sport utility vehicles can claim the same.
While the Land Rover LR3 is marketed as only having one trim level, there are a number of different packages that provide various features and benefits. The base model does include a top-of-the-line stereo system made by Harman Kardon, 19-inch wheels, and leather. The HSE package and the HSE LUX package add a navigation system, heated seats, upgraded leather surfaces, and a few other nice touches in the interior finishings.
The Land Rover LR3 is widely known for its TRS, or Terrain Response System, that allows a driver to lock the rear differential without exiting the vehicle. Few other sport utility vehicle manufacturers have been able to replicate the suspension or off-roading gear. Identifix gives the Land Rover LR3 the top rating available when it comes to reliability based upon actual repair costs, and the vehicle has proven to be a strong competitor in crash tests with the safety features that are included on most models.
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