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2006 Land Rover LR3 Overview

The Land Rover LR3 a carry over for this second year of production, but the upper level HSE trim adds a flat-folding third row seat to the standard equipment roster. The mid-size SUV was introduced in 2005, serving as a replacement for the long-running Discovery. The LR bares many resemblances to its rugged, but family-oriented predecessor, but it has grown larger, more powerful, and more modern.

There three LR3 variants for 2006: the base SE, the V8-powered SE, and the fully equipped HSE. Both styles come standard with leather upholstery, flat folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, heated mirror, a two sunroofs, and all-wheel drive. The SE gets a nine-speaker 240-watt Harman Kardon audio system with a six-disc CD changer, while the HSE steps up to a 14-speaker 550-watt Logic 7 digital surround sound system, Other HSE upgrades include 19-inch alloy wheels, third row seating (upping the capacity to seven), a navigation system and rear parking sensors.

A base SE is powered by a 4.0 liter V6, which makes 216 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The HSE houses a 4.4 liter V8, good for 300 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with an adaptable six-speed automatic transmission which includes a manual shift gate. Mixed driving fuel economy is estimated in the mid-teens (mpg) for both power plants. The V8 HSE will tow 7700 pounds.

The LR3 has been praised by both owners and reviewers for Land Rover's advanced suspension, which allows for a well-cushioned cruise on the road , or a stable and controlled adventure on the trail. The LR3's luxurious and well-appointed interior is also quite functional. The spacious rear quarters allow for ample storage, thanks to flat-folding second and third row seats. The cabin also includes several strategically placed stowaway compartments. Reviewers agree that the new LR3 is the class leader in the mid-size luxury SUV segment.

The bulky LR3 does not offer much low end power, but the engine is quite capable when it comes to passing and merging in fast-moving traffic. Unfortunately, the very tall SUV has a rather top heavy feeling when driven aggressively. The LR3 ride quality is also praised, thanks to powerful brakes and a well-cushioned ride. Test drivers did report some floating and bobbing over uneven surfaces.

The LR3 also offers a class-leading interior environment. The second and third row passengers enjoy a level of comfort comparable to those in the front. Both rear row fold flat for ample cargo space. Although the cabin is certainly plush and luxurious, the ergonomics seemed a bit antiquated to many reviewers. Some frequently used controls are either too small or difficult to operate.

As a Land Rover, the LR3 stays true to the elegant reputation. Both V8 models come with power front seats, sunroof, and leather upholstery. The HSE adds surround sound, xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a navigation system with topographical map features. The 2006 LR3 is versatile for families wanting smooth in-town comfort and maneuverability as well as weekend warrior or camping adventures. Owners love the roomy interior and cargo space, off-road capability, quite ride, the flat-folding seats, and the easy driveability. There are complaints that the controls are out of easy reach, the transmission can feel jerky, and the fuel economy is in the low teens. Many drivers report major electrical problems and poor reliability.

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