...whether it's worth the premium price tag.Published: 10/02/2003 Updated: 10/02/2009 What's New for 2003: Engineering changes for Land Rover's mini-ute include a larger fuel tank and an improvement in the climate control system for quieter operation and more efficiency. Body side moldings have been added to protect the Freelander against scrapes. The 2003 model year sees the introduction of the three-door SE3 version, with removable top and rear panels for topless fun like a Jeep Wrangler. Pros: Hill Descent Control, permanent all-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension for good on- and...
Source: MSN Autos
...The outside mirrors fold flat against the front side windows to protect them during off-road driving or in parking lots. An unusual feature is the cargo door's power rear window, which can be controlled by a dashboard button or tailgate keylock. Large Cargo Area The large cargo area can be made more spacious by flipping the entire 60-40-split rear seat forward. However, the tailgate swings toward the curb, which can make curbside loading more difficult. Storage areas include door pockets and a console bin. Long doors and a moderately low floor make it fairly easy to get in and out. While a...
...The SE model adds a cargo cover and steering-wheel radio controls, and the HSE includes a Harman Kardon sound system with a six-CD changer. Rear privacy glass is standard on the SE and HSE. Heated front seats are optional. Under the Hood A 2.5-liter, 24-valve dual-overhead-cam V-6 engine delivers 175 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque. The power plant teams with a five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Full-time four-wheel drive is standard, and the center viscous coupling is similar to that used on the big Range Rover. The transmission operates in Sport or Manual-Steptronic...