Much of what is optional on the SE is standard on the 2008 Land Rover LR3 HSE. This mid-sized SUV features full-time AWD with high and low-range gearing for optimal off-roading. Helping that performance is an adjustable air suspension and the selectable Terrain Response System (General, Grass and Snow, Mud, Sand, Rock). Also on hand are a locking center differential, an optional rear locking differential, a front and rear double wishbone suspension, and a 300-hp, 4.4-liter DOHC V8 with variable valve timing. Paired with a 6-speed shiftable automatic, this powertrain rates a measly 12/17 mpg.
Building up on the features in the SE, the 2008 LR3 HSE adds larger 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, memory settings for the mirrors and three drivers, a navigation system, Bluetooth, and walnut wood trim on the interior. The sound system boosts up to a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon with surround sound. Safety-wise, the HSE gets an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights with HID xenon lamps, and both front and rear parking sensors.
Already standard are 8-way power front seats (the passenger seat is new this year), leather upholstery, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a sunroof, heated mirrors, full power features, remote entry, intermittent front wipers, a rear wiper, trip computer, garage remote and a security system. A compass and temperature display provide more driver information. Dual-zone climate control and rear audio controls are passenger-oriented. A 6-CD player features MP3 playback and a separate audio input jack. Second and third rows split-fold and fold flat into the floor to expand the 9.9 cubic foot trunk to 90 cubic feet. Tie-downs, storage compartments, and a roof rack offer more versatility.
Though the 2008 LR3 HSE is not yet rated for safety, it provides well for the family. Traction and stability control, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, Hill Descent Control, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags for all three rows are standard. Also on hand are a tire monitor, rain-sensing wipers, foglights, and headlight washers. Heated seats and washer fluid are available, along with satellite radio and adaptive headlights.