http://www.autobytel.com/land-rover/lr4/2012/ Land Rover makes some of the most capable off-road vehicles in the world. In fact the Land Rover has been navigating the toughest terrain for decades. So can the 2012 Land Rover LR4 adapt to suburban life? Well the Land Rover LR4 is very comfortable, it is easy to drive, has plenty of power, and can seat up to 7 passengers. The base price on the 2012 Land Rover LR4 is $48,900 with the top of the line HSE LUX model going for $58,995.
The 2012 Land Rover LR4 is powered by a 5.0 liter V-8 direct injected engine that produces 375 horsepower and 375 lb-ft. of torque. Power is transferred to the wheels through a 6-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Land Rover LR4 sports full time AWD. Fuel economy is 12 MPG in the city and 17 MPG on the highway.
The AWD system is pretty technologically advanced which is why Land Rover SUVs are considered the best off-road vehicles the world over. The LR4 features Hill Descent Control which allows the vehicle to navigate steep terrain without the driver needing to use the brake or accelerator. The Gradient Release Control also works with the HDC to provide a smooth pace downhill. The Electronic Traction Control supplies power to the wheel that needs it most in the even of slippage. At each corner of the SUV there is a sophisticated air suspension. This is used to either lower the LR4 for street use or to raise the SUV almost 5 inches for maximum ground clearance while off-road. Dynamic Stability Control improves the LR4's handing while on the road. Tall SUVs are known to roll over but the Roll Stability Control System works to keep all 4 wheels on the road. The 2012 Land Rover LR4 has a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. To help prevent trailer sway the LR4 has something called Trailer Stability Assist to help correct any towing problems.
Besides the great off-road capabilities the 2012 Land Rover LR4 comes packed with tons of luxury features and option on the inside. The seats are wrapped in high-end leather as are many of the interior surfaces. You can choose between a Walnut trim or a Black Lacquer trim. The driver sits in an optimum position so that they have a commanding view of the road. The huge sunroof is called the Alpine Roof and provides tons of light to all the passengers. A 7-inch touch screen navigation unit and Harmon/Kardon stereo system are wonderful features.
The 2012 Land Rover LR4 love to hit the trail and take on tough off-road challenges. But this SUV is more than capable being your daily luxury SUV driver.
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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Test Drive & Luxury SUV Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/land-rover/range-rover/2013/ The Range Rover was first launched way back in 1970 and now for the 2013 model year there is an all new and totally redesigned 4th generation SUV. The overall look has still remained throughout the years while also evolving with the times. And this new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover looks as amazing as ever. Land Rover states this vehicle has a couple of different design elements that include: Luxury, Sustainability, Relevant Functionality and Desirability. Underneath the all the luxury lives the soul of one of the most capable off-road vehicles ever produced for the mass car market. But with the high price tag many of these luxury SUVs will never step foot off the pavement. The base price on a new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is $82,650 with the top of the line Supercharged Plus model with the Autobiography Package starting at $130,100.
For over 40 years Land Rover has been producing the Range Rover and over that time this vehicle has become the ultimate luxury SUV. This new 4th generation Range Rover is bold, beautiful, and powerful. This high end vehicle drives so well you would be hard pressed to find anything wrong with it. The Range Rover offers a great powerplant, luxurious ride, and all the features and options you would expect from the leader in luxury SUVs.
The 2013 Range Rover has been completely redesigned inside and out. For starters they really simplified the instrument panel. Now there are a lot fewer buttons and the infotainment system is much more intuitive. The typical driver will not be going off road for the most part, but it is nice to know they can. Those capabilities are at your fingertips when driving the 2013 Range Rover.
Under the hood lives a 5.0 liter V-8 engine pushing 375 horsepower and 375 lb-ft. of torque through an 8-speed automatic. Step up to the Supercharged models and power jumps to 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is 14 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway. Land Rover has also improved the stability and braking dynamics of this Range Rover. In fact everything about this luxury SUV is all new but the most exciting fact is that the weight has been reduced by 700 pounds. Because of this you will be getting better fuel economy and better performance.
The Terrain Response System is an all new system for the Range Rover and has several modes of operation. You can choose between a Snow/Gravel setting, a Mud and Ruts setting, a Sand setting, and the most aggressive off-road setting is the Rock Crawl Mode. There is no question the 2013 Range Rover is one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced SUVs on the market.
There are 4 different trims levels when it comes to the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover. Choose from the Base model, the HSE model, the Supercharged model, and the Autobiography model. The latter model swaps out the seating for 5 and replaces the rear bench seat with 2 Captain's Chairs for maximum comfort. The Autobiography model is the most luxurious SUV you can buy. Land Rover has really done a great job with this model. The 2013 Range Rover is just a brilliant vehicle. If you can afford this luxury SUV do yourself a favor and go buy one.
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2012 Range Rover Evoque Test Drive & SUV Review
http://www.autobytel.com/land-rover/range-rover-evoque/2012/ The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is the Autobytel 2012 Luxury SUV of the Year. Every once in a while a car comes around that grabs your attention. The Range Rover Evoque is the type of vehicle that stands out. The design is very forward thinking and people seem to be excited when they see this luxury SUV drive by. The Range Rover Evoque is available in 2 different body styles. The 2-door coupe has a base price of $44,145 and the 4-door model has a base price of $43,145.
Land Rover is known for putting big displacement V-8 motors into their SUVs. But the Range Rover Evoque was built with fuel economy in mind. The luxury SUV is powered by a turbocharged direct injected 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 251 lb-ft. of torque. Power is put down to the ground via full-time 4WD. The Evoque also has a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 18 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.
On the inside of the 2012 Range Rover Evoque there is a surprising amount of headroom. This just goes to show that the designers at Land Rover took into account driver and passenger comfort since this is still considered a high end luxury automobile as well as a well-rounded SUV. Besides being functional, the interior is also quite beautiful. The materials are made of very high quality and the contrasting color combinations are stunning. Owners can opt for black, tan or white/gray leather to wrap the interior while the brushed aluminum trim adds to the futuristic look and feel of the Evoque.
Land Rover is known the world over for producing top-notch AWD vehicles and the Evoque is no slouch when it comes to off-road adventures. With only the push of a button, the car's AWD terrain response system is ready to handle a variety of road conditions. The Evoque also comes equipped with a handful of electronic driver aids like: Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, and Roll Stability Control to keep the vehicle shiny side up in even the most extreme situations.
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2012 Toyota Sequoia Test Drive & SUV Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/toyota/sequoia/2012/ The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is one of those vehicles that offers a ton of utilitarian value. The Sequoia can seat up to 8 passengers, has tons of cargo room, and can tow 6900 lbs. There are 3 models of Sequoia for purchase: the base SR5 costs $40,930, the Limited costs $51,040, and the Platinum costs $58,580. The 2012 Toyota Sequoia comes in either 2WD or 4WD.
There are 2 different engines offered on the Sequoia for the 2012 model year. Them smaller engine can be found on the lower model SUVs. This 4.6 liter V-8 engine makes 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft. of torque. The larger engine is a 5.7 liter V-8 motor that makes 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft. of torque. Both engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 14 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway for the smaller 4.6 liter engine and 13 MPG in the city and 18 MPG on the highway for the larger 5.7 liter engine.
On the outside there are a ton of standard features. The bumpers are color matched to the rest of the body. The Sequoia gets standard fog lamps and a chrome grille surround. The stock 18-inch alloy wheels look great but you can upgrade to a set of 20-inch alloy sport wheels which really stand out. The rear liftgate automatically opens and closes. Also the Sequoia comes standard with a roof rack, running boards, and mud guards.
On the inside the Sequoia base model gets cloth seating but the Premium models get leather seats that are power adjustable. The standard radio comes with a CD player, Bluetooth, iPod connection, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. You can upgrade to a great 12-speaker JBL Synthesis stereo system. There is also a touch-screen navigation unit as an option. As stated earlier the 2012 Toyota Sequoia can seat up to 8 passengers. But there is an option which swaps out the middle row seating with 2 oversized Captains Chairs. The Sequoia also comes with power everything as a standard feature.
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2012 Audi Q7 Test Drive & Luxury SUV Review
http://www.autobytel.com/audi/q7/2012/ Audi has done a great job of taking the wonderful driving experience from their line of luxury cars and transferring that into the 2012 Audi Q7 Luxury SUV. This is a heavy vehicle at over 5000 lbs. but it definitely does not feel that way. The Q7 delivers a nice tight driving experience with plenty of power. The base price for the 2012 Audi Q7 is $46,250 with the top of the line S-Line Prestige costing almost $60,000.
According to automotive analysts; the luxury SUV segment is dying. But it is nice to see that Audi has stayed true to its brand and still offers a 7-passenger luxury SUV. A luxury SUV should look as elegant and as sophisticated as possible. And the Q7 is one great looking machine. From the front you will notice Audi's beautiful and massive front grill. Also the LED headlights and running lights make quite a visual statement.
There are 2 different engines offered on the 2012 Audi Q7. The first is a turbocharged direct injected (TDI) 3.0 liter V-6 engine that makes 225 horsepower and 406 lb-ft. of torque. This engine also nets 17 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway which is at the top of the fuel economy scale for luxury SUVs. The other engine choice is a supercharged 3.0 liter V-6 engine making 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. of torque on the S-Line model. Power is transferred through an 8-speed automatic transmission which helps with fuel economy. This engine with more HP gets 16 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.
The Q7 is also a capable vehicle off road or in tough weather conditions. The Quattro all-wheel drive system paired with many sophisticated technological advancements give the Q7 a real leg up on the competition. On the inside the Audi Q7 can seat up to 7 passengers. The Q7 is loaded with everything you would expect in a high end luxury SUV from Audi.
If you are an automobile enthusiast and you want more than just a truck for your SUV like the Escalade, then you should get behind the wheel of a 2012 Audi Q7. This is a tremendous German Sport Utility Vehicle.
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Land Rover LR4 Review from Consumer Reports
The Land Rover LR4 is an update of the LR3 which brings lots of improvements including a more willing powertrain. The interior is roomy and off-road capability is impressive. Learn more about he Land Rover LR4 and other SUVs on our website: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/suvs/index.htm?EXTKEY=I93YT01&CMP=OTC-YUTBE
Land Rover Discovery 4 / LR4 Off Road [HD]
The fourth generation Discovery 4 was launched in 2009, and went on sale in the United Kingdom on 1 September. Compared with the 2.7 litre TDV6 engine, which continues to be offered on the Discovery 4, the new TDV6 3.0 litre twin turbo diesel engine delivers a 9% fuel economy improvement (EU combined cycle) and 10% lower CO2 emissions, at the same time as increasing power by 28% to 241 bhp (180 kW); torque increases 36% to 600 N·m (440 lb·ft). The results include a 060 mph time of 9.0 seconds, (0100 km/h in 9.6 seconds), a 24% improvement over the 2.7 litre model. The new engine has been optimised for low-end torque as well as economy, making it possible to activate the lock-up clutch of the ZF HP-28 automatic transmission at lower speed. This reduces 'slip' in the hydraulic torque converter improving both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The higher torque at lower engine speeds also enables longer gearing for more economical cruising.
Land Rover's engineers have also transformed the on-road ride, handling and off-road capabilities. The changes include new suspension components, revised steering, larger brakes, improved traction control, and enhancements to the Terrain Response system, which helps optimise the vehicle for different on-road or off-road driving situations.
The exterior design of the Land Rover Discovery 4 has been updated, most obviously with smoother and simpler surfaces at the front, including a new, more aerodynamic bumper. Aerodynamic changes to the front end, with the revised front lower chin spoiler and new front wheel deflectors, help to reduce drag by increasing underfloor airflow. The new lights include LED technology front and rear. The front headlights include High Beam Assist, switching on or off, as conditions require.
The interior has been redesigned, with a transformed dash, centre console and new seats.
The Land Rover Discovery 4 incorporates other energy saving features. At standstill, the idle speed of the V6 has been reduced from 750 rpm to 710 rpm, giving a fuel saving without compromising refinement. An Intelligent Power Management System includes Smart Regenerative Charging, so whenever possible the alternator charges the battery when it is most economical to do so, such as when the car is coasting rather than accelerating. The new air conditioning pump is driven through a clutch which disengages when the air conditioning is not in use reducing parasitic losses and delivering improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Admist these revolutionary innovations, the LR4 has also been subjected towards some critisism from old time Discovery fans around the world for being more of a "Macy's Parking Lot Vehicle" rather then a "real" Land Rover. For example, the LR4 doesn't utilize a classic oil plug in the bottom of the oil pan as do most every car and truck. The only way to change the oil in an LR4 is to have a Land Rover Dealership use a special device to "vacuum" the oil out of the engine. This means that if you follow the 3k-5k mileage timeline for oil changes, and plan on driving the car to 100k miles, plan on a minimum of 20 visits to the dealer, not including additional maintianence necessary.
A 2.7 litre commercial version, the Discovery 4 XS Commercial, is offered in the United Kingdom. It has N1 Light Commercial 4x4 Vehicle status, which reduces the annual cost of the vehicle excise duty to £125, compared with £405 (increasing to £950 in April 2010), payable for the normal 2.7 litre Discovery 4.
5.0l V8 petrol2009 (MY2010)-4,999 cc (4.999 L; 305.1 cu in) V8 16v (AJ133)375 PS (276 kW; 370 hp)@6500, 510 N·m (376 lb·ft)@3500
2.7l TDV62009-2,720 cc (2.72 L; 166 cu in) V6 twin turbo (Ford AJD-V6/PSA DT17)191 PS (140 kW; 188 hp)@4000, 440 N·m (325 lb·ft)@1900
3.0l TDV62009 (MY2010)-2,993 cc (2.993 L; 182.6 cu in) V6 twin turbo (Ford AJD-V6/PSA DT17)244.5 PS (180 kW; 241 hp)@4000, 600 N·m (443 lb·ft)@2000
Audi A6 allroad quattro
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Lennock Test Drive Series - Discovery 4
Mud ruts, wet grass, rocks, water, hills, gravel road and around town -- just some of the challenges Justin gives the internationally acclaimed Land Rover Discovery 4.
On assignment near Bungendore, about 25-minutes out of Canberra, Justin takes the Land Rover Discovery 4 HSE through a series of short courses to demonstrate the handling, practicality and capabilities of this exceptional four wheel drive.
Disco Climbing Challenge part 1 - Top Gear - BBC
Part one of three. A proper car review to start with here Jeremy Clarkson looks at the pros and cons of the new Land Rover Discovery. But, this is Top Gear so Jeremy sets the new Discovery a real challenge in the Scottish mountains! Go to http://www.youtube.com/TopGear to see a full list of all high quality videos available on the Top Gear YouTube channel and don't forget to visit http://www.topgear.com for all the latest news and car reviews.