2013 Land Rover Range Rover

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Timeless styling
  • Ferocious acceleration (Supercharged model)
  • Responsive transmission
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Richly appointed cabin
  • Forward visibility

The Bad

  • Modest gas mileage improvements
  • Brake dive
  • Heated windshield's filaments reflect light sources at night
  • Efficient base engine comes in 2014

Notable Features of the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover

  • Redesigned for 2013
  • Weight-saving all-aluminum construction
  • Choice of V-8s, including supercharged version
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Permanent 4WD with terrain-sensing system
  • Air suspension

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Road Test

Mike Hanley

Like its predecessor, the redesigned 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is a plush, powerful SUV that offers more off-road capability than most owners will ever need. It remains the ultraluxury SUV benchmark.

The name "Range Rover" has permeated much of Land Rover's lineup with the addition of the Range Rover Evoque small crossover and Range Rover Sport SUV. The redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport shares its platform with the Range Rover, but is considerably less expensive.

As Land Rover's top-of-the-line model, the Range Rover carries a premium price tag: The 2013 starts at $83,545 including an $895 destination charge, but the Supercharged model, which we tested, starts at $99,995 including destination. To see the Range Rover's specs compared with the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Porsche Cayenne and Lexus LX 570, click here.

Evolutionary Styling
Despite being all-new, the Range Rover's styling doesn't veer far from the prior version. The classic proportions are familiar, and the SUV's appearance has a certain timelessness. When you look at a Range Rover — this one or any of its predecessors — you know what it is without needing to see a badge.

Land Rover has worked a number of aerodynamic improvements into the design to improve its efficiency. Both the grille and windshield are less upright, and the body narrows at the rear. Underbody panels are designed to smooth airflow below the vehicle. These changes and more result in a drag coefficient of .34. ...

Like its predecessor, the redesigned 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is a plush, powerful SUV that offers more off-road capability than most owners will ever need. It remains the ultraluxury SUV benchmark.

The name "Range Rover" has permeated much of Land Rover's lineup with the addition of the Range Rover Evoque small crossover and Range Rover Sport SUV. The redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport shares its platform with the Range Rover, but is considerably less expensive.

As Land Rover's top-of-the-line model, the Range Rover carries a premium price tag: The 2013 starts at $83,545 including an $895 destination charge, but the Supercharged model, which we tested, starts at $99,995 including destination. To see the Range Rover's specs compared with the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Porsche Cayenne and Lexus LX 570, click here.

Evolutionary Styling
Despite being all-new, the Range Rover's styling doesn't veer far from the prior version. The classic proportions are familiar, and the SUV's appearance has a certain timelessness. When you look at a Range Rover — this one or any of its predecessors — you know what it is without needing to see a badge.

Land Rover has worked a number of aerodynamic improvements into the design to improve its efficiency. Both the grille and windshield are less upright, and the body narrows at the rear. Underbody panels are designed to smooth airflow below the vehicle. These changes and more result in a drag coefficient of .34. Land Rover says that's a 10 percent improvement over the prior Range Rover.

Remarkable Quickness
In Supercharged form, the Range Rover plays tricks with your mind; it's hard to get your head around how quickly and effortlessly this big SUV gains speed. It's unrelentingly ferocious, and Land Rover cites a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.1 seconds, which is 0.8 seconds quicker than the prior Supercharged version. Chalk another one up for lower vehicle weight. (The new Range Rover uses an all-aluminum unibody that shaves more than 700 pounds from the previous model's curb weight, which was around 5,700 to 5,900 pounds, depending on trim level.)

The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8's massive output — 510 horsepower and 461 pounds-feet of torque — is fully experienced on the highway. Pin the gas pedal to the floor when cruising at 50 mph and you'll hit 70 mph in just a few seconds.

Both the base normally aspirated V-8 and the supercharged V-8 team with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission listens well, performing part-throttle kickdowns immediately. It also responds quickly when you floor the gas pedal, dropping a few gears before the SUV lunges forward and sends the front of the hood skyward as it squats on its rear wheels.

Fuel economy has improved, though the increase is more modest than the SUV's big weight loss might lead you to believe. Gas mileage is up just 1 to 2 mpg, depending on the model, with the most efficient version rated 14/20 mpg city/highway. During a 31-mile stretch of highway and suburban driving, I averaged 17 mpg, according to the trip computer (Supercharged versions get an EPA-estimated 13/19 mpg). Bigger gains should come in the 2014 model year, as Land Rover plans to downsize the SUV's base engine to a supercharged V-6 and debut auto stop/start technology.

In addition to its on-road quickness, the Range Rover is a legitimate off-road SUV with a full-time four-wheel-drive system that incorporates a low range. There's around 12 inches of ground clearance in the suspension's off-road mode and wading depth is up to 35.4 inches, according to Land Rover.

A newly available Terrain Response 2 Auto system builds on the standard Terrain Response technology by adding an automatic mode. It switches among the five system modes — General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl — as conditions dictate, rather than relying exclusively on the driver to do so, as in the previous iteration. Terrain Response 2 Auto can also recommend when low range or the air suspension's off-road mode should be activated.

Ride & Handling
The 2013 Range Rover retains some classic SUV characteristics, like a tendency to dive when coming to a stop, but it also feels secure and confident on the highway, and the Range Rover handles well for a large SUV. In Supercharged form, the Range Rover has an active air suspension system that keeps body roll in check when cornering — much more so than many large SUVs. Comfort-oriented ride tuning, a quiet cabin and commanding forward visibility enhance the driving experience.

The Range Rover floats easily over big dips in the road, but it still reacts to a lot of small imperfections; I'm surprised the air suspension doesn't do a better job minimizing them. The steering system is especially good at insulating you from road shocks, but it comes at the expense of steering feedback, which is nonexistent.

The Inside
As is Range Rover tradition, the interior is richly appointed in leather, aluminum and wood trim. The design theme is reminiscent of the prior Range Rover's, but the center controls look less cluttered. Land Rover says there are half as many switches as the prior model, and it's evident.

Technology now has a greater role in the Range Rover's cabin, starting with the instrument panel, which uses a 12.3-inch screen to simulate conventional analog gauges. Audio and navigation features are among those consolidated to an 8-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dashboard. The screen responds quickly to most commands, but it slows down when you enter an address into the navigation system.

Comfortable front bucket seats incorporate infinitely adjustable inboard armrests, a signature Land Rover feature. Like the front seats, the three-passenger rear seat has comfortable, firm cushioning. There's good legroom for taller adults, and the backrest reclines a little if desired. Both the recline and fold functions are operated by a lever on the side of the seat cushion. Lift it, and the backrest folds forward, though it's not completely flat with the cargo floor. It takes some effort to put the larger of the two backrest sections back in place for passenger use.

Safety
Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash-tested the 2013 Range Rover. Standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and Roll Stability Control. RSC uses sensors to detect a possible rollover and can cut engine power and apply the brakes to bring the SUV under control.

Optional features include a collision-warning system with an auto-braking function, adaptive cruise control that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop if traffic necessitates, a blind spot warning system, rear cross-path detection and automatic high-beam headlights.

For a full list of safety features, check out the Features & Specs page. To see how well child-safety seats fit in the Range Rover, see the Car Seat Check.

Range Rover in the Market
Automakers may be keenly focused on building more efficient cars, but the effort probably doesn't matter all that much to shoppers considering high-priced luxury SUVs. It's not as though they're demanding lighter, more efficient models, and anyone who can afford a Range Rover is unlikely to be concerned by daily price fluctuations at the pump — or this SUV's incremental fuel economy improvements.

The 2013 Range Rover is at the beginning of the road to better fuel economy because the federal government says it must be. Still, it delivers the things that truly matter in this class: stately design, incredible performance and a luxurious cabin. Among ultraluxury SUVs, its diverse skill set is unparalleled.

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The Land Rover Range Rover is a commanding SUV that's been significantly reworked for 2013. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says the styling is still distinctly Land Rover, but the bigger changes are what you can't see.

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What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Dream Car - Not Practical

by One4Ian from Colorado on October 8, 2018

IF you have always wished to own a Range Rover for the pure love of the style and driving experience - be prepared! This vehicle is poorly built, as most British cars and tends to need more TLC then ... Read full review

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Best SUV Car!

by Techperson from Texas on September 24, 2017

I would say this car is by far the best SUV on the market. It has plenty of leg room on both front and back seats. Let me not forget to mention it has the best technology including: 5 surround cameras ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover currently has 4 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Range Rover received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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