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The 2013 Range Rover: What the critics say

How did the new Range Rover fare with the critics? The price starts at $82,695.

Road & Track
Simply put, this is “the best Range Rover ever.” Just the fourth edition of the classic British-built SUV and the first in 11 years, the model introduced in late 2012 is “an altogether better-looking machine” than the last, and it drives better thanks to a big weight loss, a new transmission, and a raft of technological assists. Just like the versatile 1970 original, this Range Rover can drive you to the theater in the evening and climb a snowy mountain the next morning.

Car and Driver
We’re not sure that the “gentler, softer” nose is a clear upgrade. But new all-aluminum construction has trimmed a full 700 pounds off the curb weight, enabling the top-of-the-line V-8 or soon-to-arrive supercharged V-6 engine to send this big boy “exploding down the road like a sports sedan.” You still feel a slight “topple” in a sharp turn, but steering is now quick and alert and ride quality “astonishing.”

Forbes.com
As before, this luxurious craft truly outperforms its rivals when driven off-road: It can wade through three feet of water as easily as it can charge through snow or mud. Granted, most Range Rovers sold won’t ever leave pavement. Still, “there is a lot to love about a luxury SUV that doesn’t forget it is a truck, albeit an extremely technologically advanced one.”

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