Land Rover LR4

BASE PRICE RANGE: $48,500-$57,665
BODY TYPE: Midsize/Luxury SUV

WHAT'S NEW: Last year, the (renamed) LR4 received a thorough refresh. Everything is better, including the much-appreciated horsepower increase. Improvements include a revised suspension, enhanced Terrain Response system, and a gorgeous new cabin, but the big news lies under the hood: a new Jaguar-sourced, direct-injection, 5.0L V-8 making 375 hp -- a 25-percent increase over the outgoing 4.4L mill.

AVOID: Complaining about low fuel econ; this is one very capable off-roader.

SUM UP: Indiana Jones in a sheetmetal suit.
RATING: *****

2011 Land Rover LR4
Base Engine 5.0L/375-hp DOHC V-8
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.9 sec
Tow/Payload 7716/1300 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 12/17 mpg
Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6