2010 Land Rover LR4

2010 Land Rover LR4

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While Range Rovers fit for royalty are the most prestigious products from Britain’s Land Rover, it is their rugged mid-size utilities that are most likely to be found in American driveways. Now to keep that loyalty, Land Rover routinely provides major upgrades. The stepped roof Discovery gave way to a more rectangular LR3 for 2005, and now five years in, designers deemed it time for a new engine, new technology, new interior, and a new name. The Land Rover LR4. Let’s see if all this change is a positive move.

You may not notice much of a difference between the 2010 Land Rover LR4 and its predecessor. It retains the LR3’s squared-off, stepped profile, as well as general size. New styling cues are subtle, like a more upscale front end, smoothed out and brought closer to the top drawer Range Rover. Lighting gains the latest fashion, strips of LEDs daytime running lamps.

The LR3’s lone fender port gets a twin on the LR4. The only place the outgoing model’s asymmetrical styling theme continues is the funky notch in the tailgate glass. Our Izmir Blue LR4 came shod with the new 19-by-8-inch alloy wheels. Twenty-inchers are optional.

But there are bigger changes under the skin. Open the hood to a new all-aluminum 5.0-liter V8 rated at 375 horsepower and 375 pound feet of torque. That’s 25% more horses and 19% more torque than last year’s 4.4 V8.

The only transmission is an upgraded ZF six-speed automatic with sport manual mode. We found it to be well-matched to the Rover’s added power. Shifts are smooth and satisfying.

Off-roading is at the core of Land Rover DNA, and the LR4 is the most intrepid vehicle in the Land Rover’s U.S. model range. Revisions to the sophisticated Terrain Response System provide a higher degree of versatility. Sand Launch Control is new, and Rock Crawl can now automatically apply the brakes in precarious low-speed situations.

Our biggest complaints with the LR3 were slow shifts and a lack of power at the top end, but the LR4’s V8 is smooth and torquey across its entire powerband. Zero to 60 is a fine 7.5 seconds, a half better than our last LR3. So, there is ample passing power for broken lines and yellow lights, and plenty of low-end grunt for steep grades.

The LR4’s other notable mechanical bits include a multi-setting electronic air suspension, new chassis components, and bigger brakes. Towing tops out at a capable 7,700 pounds. Our tester’s Heavy Duty Package includes a locking rear diff for when things aren’t going right, and a full-size spare.

We liked the view from the LR3’s airy cabin just fine, but the dash left quite a bit to be desired. For 2010, the center stack and console feature more ergonomically correct controls, and much more pleasant styling.

Soft-touch materials are everywhere, from the dash pad, to the stitched multi-function steering wheel, to the leather-rimmed seats. Bolder seat contours make for a more comfortable cabin, too. Gauges remain large and clear, under a deep hood to protect from glare. Our HSE Plus adds satellite navigation, along with three-row, seven-passenger seating.

We like the raised position of the second row split bench, although there could be more legroom. The third row, however, is hard to get to and really only suitable for small children.

One of the design features that gives the LR4 such off-road prowess is a short rear overhang. But that also limits luggage space. Open the split hatch for only 9.9 cubic feet behind the third seat. Fold it down for a more respectable 42.1 cubic feet, with a class competitive 90.3 after all seats are down.

Less respectable are Government Fuel Economy ratings of only 12 city and 17 highway on premium gas. The new V8 is just as thirsty as the old one. But, according to Land Rover, tailpipe emissions now meet ULEV2 regulations.

Still, the LR4’s Energy Impact Score is very high, 24.5 barrels of oil consumed annually, and leaves a 13.1-ton Carbon Footprint wherever it goes. Those numbers are the same as the Mercedes-Benz GL550, which doesn’t soften the environmental blow at all.

Yet given all it’s attributes and luxury, the base LR4 well priced at $48,100. That’s over $35 grand less than the GL550. Even the higher featured HSE at $51,750, and top-shelf LUX at $57,665, look good by that measure.

Land Rover’s new 5.0-liter V8 is a much better match for the LR4’s mass, and for 2010, Terrain Response is a good thing made better. That, plus a host of other improvements really do make the LR4 worthy of a new name, despite appearances. The LR4 upholds the Land Rover heritage well, adding more refinement and comfort, without losing any of its off-road moves.

Specifications

  • Engine: All-aluminum 5.0-Liter V8
  • Horsepower: 375
  • Torque: 375 Lb Feet
  • 0-60 MPH: 7.5 Seconds
  • EPA: 12 MPG City/ 17 MPG Highway
  • Energy Impact: 24.5 Barrels Oil/Yr
  • CO2 Emissions: 13.1 Tons/Yr
2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata 1

2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Still A Miata, And That’s A Great Thing

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When the cool little Mazda MX-5 Miata arrived for 1990, it immediately triggered a host of imitators and sparked a genuine global roadster revival. While that fad has faded, America’s love affair with the MX-5 has stayed strong. And, we’re pretty sure we know why!

The 2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata is probably one of the most recognizable cars on the road, and it has a way of putting a smile on our face every time we see one, not to mention any time we get a chance to hop behind the wheel. The Miata concept really hasn’t changed drastically over the last three decades, proof that Mazda got the formula right from the beginning.

Rear-wheel drive, minimal weight, tight suspension, willing engine, superb manual shifter, simple folding top, and just enough creature comforts to make long drives as pleasant as carving up backroad twisties.
An overload of power has never been part of that equation, and many may still decry the lack of horsepower, but just a reminder, this car was meant to rekindle the spirit of British roadsters from the 1960s that were a pure joy to drive, and had engines half as powerful as what the Miata works with today, which is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter I4 with 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata 3/4 Front
2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Profile
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2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Front Detail
2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Rear Detail
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A six-speed manual transmission remains the standard; you must upgrade to top Grand Touring trim to even get the available six-speed automatic. And it all works together to deliver a joyful driving experience that few other vehicles can match.

The exterior design has gotten more purposeful and less cartoonish over the years; new for this year is updated lighting which now incorporates the LED DRLs into the headlight assembly, as well as a more cohesive design for the full LED taillights, plus some fresh wheel choices.

Continual upgrades under the skin too, with a new asymmetric limited-slip differential for all manual-equipped Miatas. Its purpose is to minimize oversteer, and if you think that means it’s less fun, you’d be wrong.

The perfect feel and action of the shifter keeps you looking for reasons to shift gears.

It was still a blast to dart through the handling course at our Mason Dixon test track and on the autocross circuit at Summit Point Motorsports Park. Minimal body roll and perfectly neutral handling had us scooting through the turns with ease. Kinematic Posture Control was added back in ’22, using selective braking to tighten up cornering. Adding to it for ’24 is a new steering rack and updated software for the Electric Power Assisted Steering that provides better on-center feel and more precise control.

7.0 seconds to 60 mph won’t exactly get your blood pumping, but it’s plenty adequate for the Miata’s mission and the engine sounds great for a four-cylinder. The perfect feel and action of the shifter keeps you looking for reasons to shift gears. But keep those engine revs above 6,000 for the most power. We did and our best quarter-mile was 15.4 at 92 mph.

Our average braking distance of 118 feet from 60 mph may have been a little longer than we’re accustomed to from a performance car these days, but their predictable and fade-free nature will give you plenty of confidence at your next track day.

2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Dashboard
2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Seats
2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Instrument Cluster
2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Central Display
2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Shifter
2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Trunk
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Things remain all business in the cockpit, with everything falling readily to hand, and comfortable seats locking you in place. The most notable change in here for ’24 is a bigger infotainment screen, growing from 7.0 to 8.8 inches.

Government Fuel Economy Ratings with the manual are 26 City, 34 Highway, and 29 Combined. That’s a slightly better than average Energy Impact Score of 10.3 barrels of annual oil use, with 5.0 tons of CO2 emissions.
Starting price is only $30,170; top Grand Touring goes for $35,470.

It’s true that the Mazda MX-5 Miata has barely evolved over the years; but fortunately for all of us, virtually all of the ways that it has changed have been for the better, yet even in 2024, it remains incredibly affordable. It has been such a constant presence and passion for so many of our MotorWeek staffers over the years it seems like it has been around for a lot longer than just three decades, and thankfully, it looks like there’s no slowing the Miata down.

Specifications

As Tested

  • Engine: 2.0-liter I4
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Horsepower: 181
  • Torque: 151 lb-ft
  • 0-60 mph: 7.0 seconds
  • 1/4 Mile: 15.4 seconds at 92 mph
  • 60-0 Braking: 118 feet (avg)
  • EPA: 26 City | 34 Highway | 29 Combined