Sep 15, 2014
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $72,775: 3.0-L 340-hp supercharged V6, 8-speed automatic w/ command shift, Sport HSE Package, Tow Package, Extra Duty Package, Meridian Premium Audio Package
Likes

The HSE’s supercharged 3.0-liter V6 offers up a nice growl when briskly accelerating, reminding me of the Jaguar F-type S I reviewed last year. I enjoyed the color-combo of a Corris Grey exterior and Espresso/Almond interior. Items not normally found on SUVs were an added bonus, such as the rain-sensing wipers, heated back glass, speed-proportional electric power-assisted steering. Adjustable ride height gives a maximum ground clearance height of 10.9-inches. 62.2 cubic feet of rear cargo space (when the rear seats are folded down) is adequate for hauling tall, bulky plants and bags of soccer balls.

Dislikes

The power window and door lock switches are mounted on top of the door panel, which tends to get pretty hot if parked in direct sunlight.

Verdict

Although the HSE body style is similar to the Ford Explorer Sport, that’s where the similarity ends. The exterior styling is just enough to make it stand out from its competitors if parked side-by-side, but not overwhelmingly so. And I’m sure the Explorer and other vehicles in the same segment won’t give you a 33.5-inch wading depth as the Range Rover does. I didn’t get to test the off-road capabilities fully, but the short time on dirt made me crave more. If I were in the market for a luxury SUV, I’d definately hold out for the V8 supercharged version.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.5 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 340 hp
Torque 332 lb/ft
EPA Mileage 17 city/23 hwy

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