• (4.4) 29 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,756–$13,820
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 16
  • Engine: 216-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5-7
2006 Land Rover LR3

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Land Rover LR3

What We Don't Like

  • Complex, hard-to-identify controls
  • Third-row seat difficult to reach for folding
  • V-8 fuel economy
  • Difficult access to front of cargo area

Notable Features

  • New V-6 or 300-hp V-8
  • Fully independent suspension
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Permanent 4WD
  • Five- or seven-passenger capacity

2006 Land Rover LR3 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Built on an all-new platform, Land Rover's LR3 replaced the Discovery for 2005. Seating up to seven occupants, the LR3 premium sport utility vehicle can be equipped with a Jaguar-derived 300-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 that's been altered to handle severe offroad conditions. Terrain Response technology has five terrain settings for on-road to extreme offroad conditions.

Optional adaptive headlights turn to illuminate road curves more effectively. A height-adjustable air-spring suspension is standard. A low access setting permits easier entry and exit.

Two trim levels have been available: SE and step-up HSE. A new model with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine joins the lineup for 2006. Third-row seating is now standard in the HSE model, which includes a 550-watt Harman Kardon Logic7 audio system with 14 speakers.


Exterior
The upright, angular LR3 has rectangular rear quarter windows and uses a monocoque structure. Short overhangs and a large greenhouse are familiar touches, along with a front fascia and a split tailgate that echo the company's flagship Range Rover's features. A power sunroof and separate rear glass roof panels are installed.

Interior
Seating for five occupants is standard, but the HSE can seat up to seven. Rear occupants enjoy stadium-style seating, and Land Rover claims the third-row seat is big enough for 95th-percentile adults. The second- and third-row seats fold flat. A DVD-based navigation system with offroad capability is available.

A rotary switch selects from five Terrain Response settings. One is for normal driving, a second is for slippery conditions, and the remaining three are offroad settings for mud, sand and rock crawling. a


Under the Hood
Enlarged from a Jaguar engine, the 4.4-liter V-8 develops 300 hp and drives a six-speed-automatic transmission. Permanent four-wheel drive is standard. The newly available 4.0-liter V-6 develops 216 hp.

Safety
Antilock brakes and an electronic parking brake are installed. Side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags for the first and second rows are standard. Separate side curtains are included to protect third-row occupants.

Driving Impressions
It takes a while to get accustomed to its controls and idiosyncrasies, but the LR3 is an excellent touring machine that's well ahead of its Discovery predecessor. In addition to an impressive selection of offroad features, this squared-off SUV boasts a beautifully refined powertrain that shifts gears smoothly and has no shortage of V-8 power.

The seats are comfortable and supportive despite firm cushioning. Many of the bewildering controls may seldom be used, but the suspension's access setting helps ease entry and exit. The taut suspension yields a firm ride; it's pleasant on the highway and acceptable on urban pavement. Parking the LR3 could be easier, but this SUV maneuvers adeptly with satisfying steering feel. Little correction is needed to stay on course, but the LR3 does demand close attention.

Other than a head restraint that impedes the over-right-shoulder view, visibility is good. Backseat headroom and foot room are ample, but legroom is modest. Reaching past the lower cargo door to grab luggage isn't too easy, and folding down the third-row seat demands a long reach.


Consumer Reviews

4.4

Average based on 29 reviews

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I'll drive it until I can not longer get parts

by w johnson from germantown, tn on October 9, 2017

I have 193,000. miles on the little jewel and have just had my first major repair outlay on her. Rear wheel bearings, front bushing, and rear differential. I've keep her serviced at the dealership and... Read Full Review

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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