The LR2 is based on the same unibody chassis architecture as the Volvo XC90 and uses a variant of its transverse-mounted straight-six. But the result, which replaces the outdated and generally less-than-stellar Freelander, is one that still gets it done as a Land Rover.
The LR2's look is right, inside and out. You get the square-shouldered design and command seating position. You also get a somewhat ergonomically confused audio system and switchgear, but it's better than in past Landies. The aforementioned 3.0-liter six spools out a smooth 230 horsepower-less than the class average, but enough. It's backed by a six-speed automatic with standard drive, Sport drive, and manumatic modes that make the most of the powerplant. - Matt Stone