Last appearing stateside the year George Clooney killed the Batman film franchise (before Christian Bale revived it and Ben Affleck nearly killed it again), the Land Rover Defender rises once more to defend its title as an icon of off-roading with premium appointments. Despite having made its big bow way back in November 2019, the all-new Defender had to fight through a pandemic to get here.
Was it worth the wait? We’ve now been able to evaluate both the four-door 110 as well as the two-door 90 variants from the 2020 and 2021 model years, respectively. And for those willing and/or able to pony up the $66,000 to $72,000 for the models we tested, the modern-day interpretation of this old-school off-roader may just suit the needs of rock crawlers and urban dwellers alike — but, make no mistake, Land Rover lovers and lifestyle chasers, there will be compromises.
For our full take, be sure to check out Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley’s comprehensive critique via the related link above. But for a rapid-fire rundown of the things we’ll stand up for about the Defender, as well as those that are indefensible, read on.
Here are six things we like, and five not so much, about the 2021 Land Rover Defender: