The year 2013 is a new era for the Range Rover. It hasn’t had a redesign since 2003. And while the new design looks a lot like the old one, don’t be fooled—the real difference is in the skin, or more specifically, the weight.
The Range Rover has always been a heavy car, and the weight came with a price—less power. To combat the problem, the new model is made on an all-aluminum chassis (the only SUV that can boast this fact) and weighs 700 pounds less than its predecessor.
The advantages have been numerous: better handling, fuel economy, and off-the-line quickness. The Supercharged model does 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, which is a pretty neat trick for an SUV that can still go up mountains.
As for the interior, it was hard to top the old one but they managed to debut some nice wood option finishes, and add about five inches of legroom. No third row option yet, but it could be coming down the road.
Ezra Dyer of Motoramic claims the new Range Rover is the best SUV in the world because there isn’t anything else to compete with it. Only the Toyota Land Cruiser would be a relevant competitor, but let’s face it, Range Rover drives in a class all its own.
The only weak link in this exceptional automobile is the poor fuel economy. A real gas guzzler, it’s gone from 14 mpg to 16 or 17 mpg. Not an exceptional improvement, but then you can’t have everything, can you?
For those that want it all, word is there’s a diesel hybrid in the works, but it would need to be shipped stateside.
All in all, the 2012 Range Rover reigns supreme.