What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Land Rover Defender? What does it compare to?
The 2023 Land Rover Defender is an off-road-oriented SUV with impressive road manners. Shop it against the less-plush Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco, plus maybe the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
Is the 2023 Land Rover Defender a good SUV?
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Blending off-road ability with chunky, distinctive styling and decent on-road comfort, the Land Rover Defender is a refined toy for grown-ups. It’s thirsty and can get expensive, though. We rate the 2023 Defender at 6.4 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Land Rover Defender?
For 2023, the Defender lineup grows—literally, with the addition of a long-wheelbase model with three rows of seats called 130. Otherwise, the two-door 90 and middle-child 110 gain a standard 11.4-inch touchscreen and see a few tweaks to their option packages.
Retro without a hint of old-school staleness, the Defender is a high-tech take on the classic Land Rover shape dating to 1948. Its boxy lines hint at the past, while short overhangs benefit its off-road prowess. The big wheels, LED headlights, and lack of external hinges reveal how little it has in common with the vehicle that wore the Defender badge for the better part of four decades.
Inside, it’s playful without much of the Jeep Wrangler’s kitsch. The boxy shape serves up plenty of room, and, befitting modern Land Rover tradition, there’s no shortage of available luxury features. The Defender walks a line between utilitarian and plush; you won’t feel bad about getting it dirty, but you’ll be happy when it’s all cleaned up again.
The lineup starts with a 296-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 before climbing through a 395-hp turbo-6 to top out at a 518-hp supercharged V-8. None is particularly frugal, though the mid-level 6-cylinder’s mild-hybrid tech ekes out 20 mpg combined. Four-wheel drive comes standard, of course, and the two-speed transfer case comes in handy for serious duty. An optional air suspension provides more ground clearance at the tap of a button, while the available electronic locking rear differential is a must-have to enhance slow-going traction.
Even with its off-road credentials in place, the Defender manages good road manners. Outward vision isn’t an asset, but it goes down the road quickly, quietly, and confidently, especially with air springs.
How much does the 2023 Land Rover Defender cost?
The Defender lineup starts at about $55,000, though models with the 6-cylinder engine can easily top $70,000.
Standard fare is decent: a big touchscreen, power-adjustable front seats, and plenty of active safety tech. A locking differential and an air suspension are optional and highly recommended for off-road use.
Where is the 2023 Land Rover Defender made?
(With Inputs from highgearmedia)
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