Long-Term Update: 2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE
Total mileage 18,642
It's 123 degrees in Death Valley. The LR3's engine temperature gauge hasn't moved off midpoint, even when climbing the renowned testing grade at Stovepipe Wells in 118 F heat. Editor MacKenzie says: "I've done about 1000 miles over the past three weeks, and the LR3 has lived up to its Sport/Utility of the Year win by taking the on-road/off-road compromise to a whole new level. And it's smoother, quieter, and punchier than its luxo-brother. The LR3 oozes around town like molasses on hot toast."