DriveApart Review: 2013 Range Rover

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RideApart Overview
For 2013, Land Rover introduces the all-new fourth generation Range Rover to the lineup. With its more muscular shape and design and a lightweight all-aluminum unibody platform, the 2013 model is, hands down, the most capable Range Rover yet.

What We Like
The fourth generation Range Rover has been completely redesigned and re-engineered from the ground up. The aluminum underpinnings save an incredible amount of weight – almost 700 pounds – from the last generation improving both performance and the overall efficiency of the vehicle. We also like that Range Rover raised its game on the luxury quotient with its luxe and opulent interior, double pane glass and super quiet ride – which keeps the cabin quiet even while crawling over some seriously tough terrain.

What’s Not To Like
The price is high – The Range Rover starts at $83,545 for the base Range Rover and moves on up to Autobiography at $130,995, an increase of $47,450 over the entry level model. It is a hefty price, but the Range Rover, we think, is well worth the money. Also, complaining about the price of a Range Rover is like saying that your handmade carbon-fiber fishing rod is too expensive – sure you can get something for less, but would you really want to?

The Range Rover has a lot of cargo space.

Tow and Haul
The 2013 Range Rover has a 7,716 gross towing load which means you can tow almost anything including another Range Rover, if your heart desires. There are a lot of technological features to assist you with towing like a surround camera system, tow assist for easier hitching and reversing and, something we love, a sweet trailer stability system. With the rear seats upright, the Range Rover has 32.1 cubic feet of cargo – with the seats down and forward that number more than doubles to 71.7 cubic feet. With that much cargo space, you’ll be able to haul everything, easily and in style and comort.

The Drive
In a word, awesome. We spent an afternoon tooling around Utah and Arizona in the new Range Rover and through all kinds of weather and terrain and, to tell the truth, it was flawless in all environments. From the at above freeway speeds in the driving rain to the dry dirt roads, the Range Rover surpassed the last generation by leaps and bounds. But where the Range Rover really proved its mettle was on a scabby, rock-strewn BLM trail in the mountains outside of Kanab, Utah where we spent some time driving across some seriously adverse conditions. From a slow steady crawl over rocks to downhill mud descents to driving through a narrow track of snow-covered ground, the Range Rover outperformed all expectations, which has a lot to do with the updated Terrain Response Control system. While you can choose one of five settings – Auto, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl – you’re better off staying in auto mode and letting the Range Rover, in its infinite wisdom, choose the settings for whatever terrain you throw at it. Because really, if your SUV can withstand a hectic off-roading course, it can make it though the snow, rain and whatever else you throw its way n your daily drive.

The 5.0 liter V8 supercharged engine.

Engine and Drivetrain
The Range Rover comes equipped with two 5-liter V8 engines – a standard naturally aspirated version and a supercharged model. The standard engine produces 375 horsepower and 376 foot pounds of torque. The supercharged engine comes equipped with a twin vortex system supercharger that produces a whopping 510 horsepower and 461 foot pounds of torque. Both engines have significantly reduced their emissions from the outgoing 2012 model. The SUV comes with a new eight speed automatic gearbox that improves fuel efficiency. The driver is also able to select gears using the paddle shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Interesting Vehicle Features
The fourth generation Range Rover has been redesigned and re-engineered for 2013 and sports some seriously interesting features. For 2013, the Range Rover has been technologically enhanced with a laundry list of features, like the aforementioned updated Terrain Response system that automatically selects the best settings for the current driving conditions, electronic traction control with an intelligent four wheel drive system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Reverse Traffic Detection, an adjustable speed limiter device and a surround camera system.

Gas Mileage
With its massive mill, the high horsepower Range Rover doesn’t get great gas mileage. The standard engine has a mpg of 13 city, 20 highway and a combined mpg of 16 miles per gallon. The supercharged engine has 13 city, 19 highway and a combined of 15 mpg. That said, the Range Rover customer complains more about the range of the vehicle than the gas mileage.

The leather interior with wood paneling.

Interior and Exterior
The interior of the Range Rover is exactly what you would expect from a high-end luxury SUV – its gorgeous leather covered and wood laden interior is filled with some of the best technology you’ll find in the segment. We love the high-res TFT- gauge cluster in the dashboard and its neatly designed user functionality. We suggest, if you can, opt for the over the top Autobiography edition, with all the bells and whistles. Not only is the interior luxurious, it also spacious with some of the best room in its class. The Exterior has been completely redesigned for the fourth generation to enhance performance, overall efficiency of the vehicle and, well, make it look great.

The entry price for a Range Rover starts at $80,275, the HSE at $84,645, and the Supercharged Range Rover from $95,670. The ultimate high-end Ranger Rover Autobiography starts at $130,995. The Range Rover may be an expensive SUV but it’s one of the most luxurious and technologically advanced luxury SUVs on the market today. The Ranger Rover is more costly than its competitors. It’s competition, the Lexus LX, the Mercedes Benz Gl, and the Porsche Cayenne S MSRP at $81,530, $62,400, and $65,850, respectively.

The Range Rover offroading.

What We Think
The 2103 Ranger Rover shaved off over 700 pounds in weight versus the older model, updated the already best in class all-terrain performance system, increased fuel efficiency, manufactured in Land Rover’s state of the art facility in Solihull, UK, is, really, the world’s finest luxury SUV combining the best in new technology with safety, comfort and style. For us, a perfect garage would be a Diesel-powered Defender 110 for the weekend and a brand new Autobiography for everything else.

  • drivin98

    Does it wheelie?

  • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

    Four wheels bad?

  • jej

    How do you lanesplit in that?

  • Cameron Rogers

    Care to give some context before just throwing up SUV reviews? Maybe if there was even a half-hearted effort to tailor the content to a bike audience, like maybe “The side mirrors fold with a silky smooth action, so they won’t take your head off when the distracted debutant drifts into your lane.”

    • Wes Siler

      With RideApart, we’re expanding into autos where they relate to motorcycle/ATV/similar ownership. Part of that is reviews like this one. RideApart aims to encompass the worlds you and the rest of our audience is passionate about.

      • Cameron Rogers

        Is anyone passionate about the RAV4? Or is Jon just passionate about press junkets in Morocco?

        • Wes Siler

          Is anyone passionate about an NC700X? Both exist in worlds that we cover.

          • Troy Rank

            At least it’s a fucking motorcycle.

          • Aaron Trent

            You can still lean an NC700X through a turn.

          • markbvt

            Funnily enough, I have actually met people who really like that bike. And, well, it is at least a motorcycle. I get what you guys are trying to do, but there are tons of car blogs out there. The whole reason we read HfL is to get away from that.

          • Gabriel Torres

            For the record, I am one of those people passionate about the NX700X. There is a whole forum of us, about 1,000 strong.

      • Ben Wipperman

        In hindsight, announcing that in advance (similar to the Moto Sapiens announcement) might address the burning “WTF?” question.

        • Wes Siler

          There’s huge, widesweeping changes coming and an all-new website, of which HFL will be one part. There you go.

          • Grant Howe

            Maybe it would make sense to keep non-motorcycle stuff out of that one HFL part? If I wanted to read an ad for an overpriced SUV built for rich suburban moms I’d go read Car and Driver or something. This whole ad- I mean “article”- goes completely against everything that motorcycling means to me.

            I love most of what you guys do, but this seriously sounded like it was written by a Range Rover marketing team.

          • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

            As long as HFL isn’t becoming part of Gawker.

            …it’s not, is it?

      • Kr Tong

        Are you just gonna be reviewing towing rigs or will kei-cars be part of this moto-related auto segment? I feel like owning a car that can share a garage space—and the road—with motorcyles are the perfect companions. Just like how small hands are the perfect companions to…. small gloves.

        • Wes Siler

          Exactly. Tow/haul and stuff like that. What you see now is just a starting point, we’ll be delving much deeper into all the practicalities and whatnot of autos as companion vehicles to motorcycling.

      • Hugh Simons

        I liked Jamie’s spruik of that Toyota flatbed in the RideApart episode as it was clearly related to motorcycling. This kinda feels like it’s just filler in an otherwise awesome blog…

        • Manly

          It used to be a lot more awesome before the others left.

      • Blue Milew

        Your audience knows how to operate a web browser, and for the most part, already reads Jalopnik and other sites for their car content. Just sayin. I also had trouble finding the relation to motorcycle ownership in that article.


      • Ricardo Gozinya

        So then why a Range Rover? Take a trip out to any popular OHV area, and count the number of luxury SUVs. I’d be shocked if the number is higher than zero.

      • George Roberts

        Anyone here think they can afford a $150,000 bimbo box?

        *crickets chirping*

        Didn’t think so…

  • blarg

    suck, HFL no more moto only?

  • Martin


  • motoguru.

    I’m about $130,965 short…

  • Isambard

    I always thought Range Rovers were for wankers. Nothing here changes my mind.

    • Mad Duck

      Quickly being replaced by internet comments. lol I guess you wank with what you can afford.

      • Isambard

        Perhaps you’re the exception that proves the rule?

        • Mad Duck

          Maybe but I am ready to admit I like the technology behind these and how everybody else copied it later. I just choose to use it and have the good fortune to live in a place that lets me do that easily.

          • Isambard

            The original 1970 two-door was a design classic, I’ll grant you. And if you really are that non-wanker one-in-a-thousand Range Rover owner who uses it seriously off-road, good for you. Just be prepared for folks to be mistaken, I guess.

  • matic00

    I understand that HFL under their new ownership is trying to expand their audience base, but this is a serious bummer. The unique identity that made this site so great continues to fade. As a daily visitor since the early days, it’s pretty sad. Sigh….

  • Campisi

    Man, adventure bikes are getting heavier by the day.

  • socalutilityrider

    I used to own an 03 Land Rover Discovery. It was actually awesome. And no, the maintenance wasn’t awful. Actually held up better than most cars I’ve had.

    • Mad Duck

      I use my LR3 on off-road trails as well as carrying the bikes to the track days and woods for the dirtbikes. The Disco/LR3 is much more useful than the full size. I can camp in it and lay down flat in the back for sleeping. I guess if you are bent on riding around only on the street and live someplace that rarely gets cold(-20 today as I write this) then you can survive with just bikes. Oh yeah I did that too growing up in California. So hopefully you guys can get a long term tester and get a good in depth article going.

      • socalutilityrider

        Yeah my buddy owns a Range and it’s just too big, and not from a useful cargo carrying way. Just lots of mass everywhere. Disco/LR3 are the best of both worlds and you can get great deals on the used market. Plus the self leveling hitch for towing was awesome!

  • Joel

    Granting you guys the benefit of the doubt that this really is a wonderful car and this is therefore an honest review, it might be an idea to dress things up so they read a bit less like a duty-free catalogue. Seriously, “[it] updated the already best in class all-terrain performance system, increased fuel efficiency, manufactured in Land Rover’s state of the art facility in Solihull, UK, is, really, the world’s finest luxury SUV combining the best in new technology with safety, comfort and style” is an absolutely nauseating sentence.

  • Slothrop

    Please, please, please don’t post any more about cars. I’ve been reading HFL for a long time now, and this is the first time I’ve really gotten pissed off. Please just don’t.

  • di0genes

    Hey guys today is February first not April first

  • JoelPM

    I admit that it worked on me. I was tempted and thought “Gee, maybe someday…” but then I realized that if that day ever came I could instead choose to buy a BMW S1000RR, a KTM 990 Adventure Baja, a Ural, a KTM Freeride, a (used) Airstream, and keep driving my Toyota pickup that will probably outlast me. Still, it’s a nice looking and seemingly capable luxury SUV.

  • fertilecreative

    This is an excellent vehicle for motorcycle co-ownership. By investing in Land Rover pseudo-luxury and crappy mechanical components you guarantee yourself minimum a week every month for full motorcycling while your luxury off-road semi-capable Land Rover is entertaining mechanics at the local dealership.

    • Mad Duck

      Spoken like a true non-owner who keeps their head stuck in the past. 116k on mine and it has had nothing out of the ordinary go out for a vehicle with that mileage that is under heavy use both on and off-road. Maybe we can bring out the Triumphs and HD jokes too so we include bikes. All in all not very creative in the slightest.

    • socalutilityrider

      They have that rep, but anything from ’03 on up is legit. I beat the crap outta mine and it ran like a swiss watch.

  • luxlamf

    Love this Automobile, sat in it for 15 mintes at LA Auto Show, interior is nicer then my house.

    • luxlamf

      But for the money I would be in a Mercedes G Wagon.

    • George Roberts

      For that amount of money, i could buy a house…

    • Wes Siler

      For that amount of money, I could take a year off an ride a motorcycle around the world.

      • Isambard

        That’s a story we’d all read.



  • Dustin Coury

    I spend about 10 hrs a week in the 2012 Range. Superb SUV with every bell and whistle you could ever want. Best thing about it is how much room it has, yet feels small to drive. I’ve read the reasoning behind a car write up, but it still makes no sense. I’d never wear a leather jacket in the suv, it has heated and cooled seats. She will never go off road, because there are much better vehicles for that, even with the 5 different suspension settings. Last, I have a motorcycle to give me the excitement for high revs and unfiltered air I crave. Besides the earnings generated for RideApart from this ad, how do we leather wearing, two wheeled misfits of the road benefit/ relate to this write up?

    • luxlamf

      Exactly, Big but doesn’t feel it (Get in an Escalade or a Navigator and its like an empty loft)The damned thing Hugs you in Luxury doesn’t it?

  • John S

    OK Starting my search for an online motorcycle “magazine” that fits what I am interested in. That would not be $100K SUVs or pre planned “adventures” for $2500 to $10,000. More of the great roads and people who take a common bike and make it extraordinary with skill and ingenuity.

    • sean macdonald

      how about all of it?

      • Ken Lindsay

        Huh? We go to websites with specific interests. Bikeexif, thekneeslider and formerly HFL fill our appetite for 2 wheel goodness. If I wanted truck information, I would hit up a different website. It is just a bit of a dissapointment. However, if like on Bikeexif, there were links to other websites with content that may be of interest to your readers, that may go over better with you more die hard fans rather than list it as a main article.

      • John S

        I have the Internet, I can get “all of it” there. I am in an income bracket where I am never going to get an $80K vehicle, or vacation in Spain or buy a new bike. I have a passing interest in dream bikes but thats it. I AM interested in riding the bikes I have, keeping them running and learning how to ride better. Looking forward to the Rolex watch article.

        • Charlie

          Look for a job that pays more than 8/hr?

          Given that this site has always generally been focused on new machinery and or “lifestyle” bike stuff for its 4+ year existence, what exactly draws you to it if it doesn’t fit whatever demo you’re sticking yourself into?

        • Guest

          RoadRUNNER Magazine – all about places to ride

  • blackball

    Can we keep RideApart and DriveApart apart? All 2 wheel kinds and no 4 wheel kinds please.

  • KeithB

    While I appreciate the fact that you are expanding content as part of the “new” branding of HFL, I will pass on reading the auto reviews.
    I don’t come to HFL ( a motorcycle site?) to read about cars.
    Maybe…just maybe… if they were something really special like the Aerial Atom, I might be inclined to read on.
    Or, as in some of the Ride On videos, you use a Toyota truck to haul the bikes to the desert. I get it.
    However, a POS Landrover?!?
    Give me an effin’ break.

  • atgatthd

    Wes, welcome to the world of corporate middle management where making the boss happy = angry readers and making the readers happy = angry boss. I don’t envy the position you have been put in. Keep the awesome bike content coming that’s kept us all excited and maybe we all can ignore the cager crap. Also, Range Rovers are the Fieros of the SUV world. Every comment on here defending them or praising how some owner has “never had a problem” or “I was a skeptic too” is just trying to justify their purchase. If you want to feel better about your highbrow kiddie transportation, go to a Range Rover blog. You will find no allies here, no matter how many disqus aliases you post under.

    • socalutilityrider

      Nah, I wasn’t justifying anything actually. Bought one used, put 100K+ more miles on it, then totaled it on the 5. Till I wrecked it, it was a great and unique vehicle to own. I branched out and got a Yukon after that just to see what it was like. It’s ok, but the fit and finish and unexpected maintenance aren’t that cool.

      Also, a forum on the internet is the first place most people will go to complain about something since it’s a low barrier to entry and takes little time or effort.

      • atgatthd


        • socalutilityrider

          Ain’t no thang…and I did end up getting one of the most utilitarian, non-luxurious motorcycles out there, a DL650. Definitely not the land/range rover of motorcycles

          • atgatthd

            Haha, I just found this again and had to respond as I now own a dl650 as well! Cheers!

            • socalutilityrider

              at least we don’t have KLR’s!

  • markbvt

    At that price for the low-end model, I could get 7 or 8 vehicles I actually care about…

  • Racetrack Style

    This is the first time “Opening doors” has had a negative connotation for me.

  • jockamo

    The beginning of the end of HFL. Actually it seems the $$ took over quite some time ago. Despite what you may think of your audience, I’d like to think most can see through the smoke and mirrors.

    • jockamo

      As a side note, and while I’m on a rant. Why do they insist on hiding the engine under a giant plastic shroud? Maybe it’s to let us wonder that underneath is some amazing mechanical marvel, somehow different from other engines? Its an engine. The same ones we’ve been using for years. An 18% efficient petrol engine, the same engines that will continue to be thrust upon us until the petrol companies have wrung every last dime from us.

  • Hooligan

    In London these are universally derided as being stupid purchases that are totally inappropriate for Londons tight streets. Often refered to as Chelsea tractors. Also a fave ride for Coke dealers for some unknown reason. And 12mpg? At our petrol prices?

  • Justin Henry

    I love motorcycles, cars, trucks, suvs…. anything with a motor. Bring it on HFL!!

  • ted

    700 pounds in weight

  • Andy Scott

    I like it, guys. Keep it up.