I’m a Land Rover enthusiast, I’ve owned a couple of the last 8 years… so when the new LR3 came out I had to be the first to test drive one. It’s a very technologically advanced vehicle. From the moment you sit in the newly designed seats you know they took cues from the Range Rover rather than the Discovery. The one I test drove had the built in navigation system which has a very crisp LCD 7″ widescreen display. The display also is used for advanced 4×4 information. It displays two main views: Four-corner Air Suspension and Compass Navigation. I was very impressed when it could also show me the wheel’s maximum extension, steering angle, main gearbox status, air suspension status, and wheel height information. The LR3 handles like a dream… it’s has more power and feels more tight. It’s priced higher than the Discovery models it replaced but it comes with more standard features. I did find the voice command a bit frustrating… maybe it learns your voice… since it took a few tries for it to turn the radio off by voice.

I’m still getting used to the new look, I’m not a big fan of the rear end because I think it looks a bit odd… but, I do like the way it looks when it’s nicely trimmed (pictured above)…

I’m not sure if I’m going to upgrade to an LR3 yet… the dealer had a couple Bentley’s and Rolls Royce Phantoms in the show room, which kept grabbing my attention… not that I could afford them, but they were like rare Bling-Bling I was used to seeing only on episode of MTV Cribs. I’ll probably wait a few months or a year to see how the new LR3’s perform. Like everything, it takes a few cycles to work out all the quirks of a new design.