The 2013 Land Rover LR2 is an important vehicle in the luxury SUV builder's lineup. While the LR2 might not be quite as sexy as the somewhat smaller Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, nor as prestigious as the Land Rover Range Rover or Range Rover Sport, what it does offer prospective buyers is an affordable gateway into the British brand. It also doesn't hurt that the compact Land Rover's conservative styling conceals substantial practicality as well as a surprising level of all-terrain capability, giving it a multi-purpose role that attracts a wide range of SUV shoppers.
We were given the chance to spend the day with the 2013 Land Rover LR2, which has benefited from a nip, a tuck, and a significant upgrade under the hood for the current model year. Piloting the LR2 on rural roads, urban streets, and even rugged off-road trails gave us a fairly complete picture of how good a job Land Rover has done in updating their core compact SUV.