When it comes to SUVs, few names conjure up images of backcountry adventure quite as well as Land Rover. Sure, the Jeep Wrangler has a solid reputation, but when was the last time you saw a Wrangler on safari in Africa, surrounded by a pride of lions?
While the iconic and traditional Land Rover, last sold here as the Defender in 1997, may be going the way of the dinosaur, the Land Rover brand
is alive and well. Counting the more luxurious Range Rover vehicles, Land Rover now has five crossovers and SUVs to choose from in its U.S. product catalog, starting with the Land Rover LR2
More utilitarian than it’s fashion-conscious cousin, the new Range Rover Evoque
, the Land Rover LR2 serves as a gateway model to the upscale brand. It may lack the two-speed transfer case and beefy skidplates necessary to give it off-road chops, but the LR2 is more than up to the task of navigating the wilds of suburbia, thanks to standard all-wheel-drive. It doesn’t look like a mild mannered,...