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Pros: LOVE the Swing-hinge back door with a back glass that can be lowered!
Cons: Needs more ground clearance.
Advice: Take it on an obstacle course test drive...you'll be signing papers within the hour.Granted, this car doesn't look like the 'Safari-Ready' typical Land Rover, but it's all Land Rover trait inside... wish it looked it more! Drive the Xterra, Liberty, Explorer THEN this car.. you'll buy it! I've had mine for almost a year- Handling in all seasons is steady and sure, offroad loaded with people and gear is 'bring it on!' confident, city driving is 'performance car' smooth and solidly comfortable, the Land Rover scheduled maintenance is excellent. More interior than the higher priced Discovery. What would I change- maybe another inch of ground clearance and cargo space...but I do like to drive my kayaks to the river alot...
Pros: Solid Handling
Cons: Heating system/Standard Radio
Advice: Get an upgraded radio unless you want to listen to only cd'sFirm and responsive. I especially like being able to drop the automatic shift into manual mode to rush up hills, instead of chugging up like most other SUV's in its class. Beware the Standard radio occassional 'drops' reception of my favorite local channel and others have reported this too. Never a problem in any other car I have driven in this area. Also heat vent is situated directly above drivers accelerator foot, and can't be controlled independent of the rest of the system. Its either burning hot or off, so no open topped shoes if you want to keep your right foot from being fried to a crisp in the winter.
Pros: The View and the controls
Cons: slight roll on uneven roads
Advice: Its the best vehicle in its class and worth the priceI am a small person 5ft in height and this is the most convenient vehicle that I have driven. The view is excellent. The AC is much better than my husbands 325 BMW. The acceleration from 40-80 mph is good. The stereo is very good. As far as the size I can park without difficulty. The Freelander is not a threat to other vehicles unlike some of the other SUVs. Brakes,handling and controls are first class
Pros: The standard CD player.
Cons: It did't come with a cassette player.
Advice: Buy It!The ride is very smooth.
Pros: Land Rover look on the front grill
Cons: Key opened gas tank, interior side panels
Advice: Try Jeep Liberty, Ford Escape, and of course Discovery. Make sure engine strong enough for your needs.Smaller SUV of the Land Rover world. Still stare at the Discovery, but size wise, this car is the smartest for a commuter. Gas tank is too small, however, milleage not that bad. Seats do not adjust up or down. Gas tank has to be opened with a key. Owned for 1 month, already the sunroof needs to be repaired. Pick up on the highway not great, but solid ride. Otherwise happy with the car. Has a great look, feels strong. Auto back window cool feature. Easily enough room for 3-4 sets of clubs in the trunck (have to see how it does for the ski season). Side interior panels little lost without leather touch.
Pros: automatic/ sport transmission
Cons: Typical Land Rover box appearance
Advice: Be aware Land Rover Corp. still have certain bugs to work out with this vehicle and they are not great at sharing info with their retailers.The Freelander, is very stable on snow covered, or icy roads. Auto shift, gives you the option to shift for yourself in tricky winter conditions. Another nice winter feature is the heated windshield eliminating the need to scrape ice. As for summer features, Freelander can climb mountain passes with ease and can travel through city traffic like a native. Very easy to manuever in most conditions. Some creature comforts could be better such as the output of the air conditioner and armrests would be nice, let's re-think the window controls. Still, all said and done, great car for the price.
Pros: This is the only small SUV truly made for offroad conditions
Cons: It could be a little bit larger (couple inches) for more storage in rear
Advice: Wonderful lease programs available. Armrest is available for front seat - got mine on Ebay.This is the most under-rated vehicle on the road today. The quality is unsurpassed in any SUV in it's category. (small and mid-size - under $30,000). It has a luxury car ride. A little slow off the line, but the steptronic shifting capability can take care of this. Once you are at speed, passing ability is superb. Smooth ride, great visibility. A pleasure to drive. I plan to buy another one when my lease is up.