2011 Land Rover LR2

The poor LR2. With the similarly sized 2012 Range Rover Evoque stealing the show, the LR2 hasn’t received much play over the past year. Land Rover doesn’t even mention the vehicle in the company’s monthly sales releases, leaving it up to the reader to figure out how many buyers took home an LR2. It does not help the LR2’s cause that a Range Rover Evoque Pure starts at $43,995.00 while a high-end LR2 comes in with a base MSRP of $41,500.00. Add a few options to the LR2 and the MSRP can climb to $46,000.00. Now you are bumping into numbers that would get you into a stylish five- or three-door Range Rover Evoque. That’s not an issue if you prefer more traditional Land Rover styling, of course. However, side-by-side the Evoque shines against the LR2, even though the LR2 was freshened for the 2011 model year to more closely resemble the LR4.

LR2 Financing Incentives

Land Rover is currently offering purchase incentives on every model except the Evoque. Unfortunately, the LR2’s incentive package is the least attractive of the bunch. The Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and LR4 are all available with financing deals as low as 0.9% for 36 months. Comparatively, the 2011 LR2 has been stuck for some time with 2.9% financing for 36 months. The best financing deals on an LR2 are coming in on the pre-owned side. Used 2008-2010 models start at 0.9% for up to 24 months, increase to 1.9% for 25 to 36 months, and finally top out at 2.9% for 37 to 60 months.

New 2011 LR2
2.9% APR for 36 months

Pre-Owned 2008-2010 Models
Up to 24 months: 0.9%
25-36 months: 1.9%
37-48 Months: 2.9%
49-60 Months: 2.9%

Despite incentives, it is likely potential LR2 buyers are waiting it out until they can test drive the Evoque. Additionally, it is good bet that Land Rover is willing to let the LR2 languish a little to shine more light on the new star of the show, which will be available for delivery within weeks.

LR2 Reliability Ratings

There is one trick left up the LR2’s sleeve and it might come as a surprise: reliability. The 2006 and newer Freelander 2 (the same vehicle as our LR2) recently scored well on What Car?’s 2011 reliability survey. How well? Behind Honda, but better than Toyota or Lexus based on brand averages. Scored on a scale that ranks 100 as average, What Car?’s survey placed the Freelander 2 at 44 on the Reliability Index (RI). Honda came in with an RI of 30, Toyota with 56, and Lexus with 58. As a brand, Land Rover came in at 219, pushing it to the bottom of the list despite the Freelander 2’s good score.

In closing, the 2011 LR2 combines Land Rover styling with admirable off-road ability and a fresh reliability win. It makes a compelling package for potential buyers who have been on the fence about Land Rover or who are not interested in the Range Rover Evoque.

2011 Land Rover LR2 Front View

2011 Land Rover LR2 Interior



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August 16, 2011

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Freelander 2, Land Rover Models, LR2, Range Rover Evoque

Financing, Incentives, LR2, Reliability, Used Land Rover

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