2009 Land Rover LR3 Review


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2009 Land Rover LR3 Overview

Land Rover’s 2009 LR3 seems to be a carryover, but subtle changes abound with new standard features, a model changeup, and some visual changes. This five-seat, four-door luxury midsize SUV comes in one trim this year, with only one engine and transmission, although there are many options for customization, including a third-row bench that increases seating capacity to seven. With all-wheel drive and low-range gearing, maximum towing capacity from the LR3's 300-hp, 4.4-liter V8 tops out at 7,716 pounds. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission, but the suspension is fitted with Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which allows the driver to select between several different modes that adjust gearbox settings, suspension height, differential lock settingss and throttle response to best suit whatever terrain is encountered. Additionally, a locking rear differential is optional to complement the standard locking center differential.

New for 2009 are standard 19-inch alloy wheels as well as a secondary style of 19-inch alloys when choosing one of two optional packages, two choices of wood accents, revised exterior accents, and body-color wheel arches, bumpers, and more. Further, clear side lenses replace the old versions. These changes, while small, do augment the appearance of the '09 LR3 enough to distinguish it from previous years.

The two option packages are dubbed HSE and HSE LUX. HSE adds a navigation system, Bluetooth, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, front obstacle detection, and unique trim elements. HSE LUX further adds upgraded leather upholstery, a driver-seat memory system, adaptive bi-xenon headlights that are dramatically brighter than conventional halogen lamps, and a chilled center-console bin, large enough for four bottles of water.


A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

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