2002 Land Rover Freelander Review

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2002 Land Rover

2002 Land Rover Review

This is not just cute ute.

By Mitch Editor-in-Chief


I f only a Rover Freelander had been the characters in Jules Verne’s to the Centre of the Earth could saved themselves days of over harsh terrain. A would have quickly Professor Hardwigg, his reluctant and guide Hans to the volcano allowed them to follow in the of subterranean explorer Arne

In reality, no one, including Rover, has ever been to the of the earth. At least not to our knowledge. But Rovers have clambered most of the crust of this

For our part, we drove the new, capable Freelander up the side of a and partially across a huge

Technically, the new Land Rover doesn’t match the off-road of the bigger Discovery or of the expensive Rover. In reality, though, it go much farther into the than most anyone want to go. Equipped with all-wheel drive, traction Hill Descent Control, and a capable suspension, the Freelander surpasses the capability of the Ford Toyota RAV4, Honda and other so-called cute-utes.

For practical purposes, the Freelander the off-roadworthiness of the impressive Jeep

On the road, the Freelander drives much better than the and it’s more satisfying the other cute-utes. Crisp steering, an agile road-worthy and an extremely rigid chassis it excellent road manners, when driven aggressively. The is stable at high speeds on pavement and on gravel. It has excellent

It rides smoothly and it’s The sport shifter that the automatic transmission makes it fun to on winding blacktop, allowing the to keep the V6 engine revving in the band. In short, the Land Freelander strikes a fine between asphalt agility and capability.

Around town, smooth and quiet. It feels an premium vehicle. The Freelander is, as Rover puts it, the first small sport-utility vehicle.

Model Lineup

All Freelanders are with a 2.5-liter double V6 engine, an automatic transmission a manual-shifting feature, permanent drive, ABS, and traction Other standard features air conditioning, cruise control, windows with driver’s down, keyless entry, foglamps and other features with a premium brand.

trim levels are available:

S is upholstered in black cloth. The S comes with 215/65HR16 on 16-inch alloy wheels. one-third of Freelander buyers opt for the S.

SE ($27,775) adds leather in a choice of black or gray. The SE gets 17-inch wheels, vanity mirrors, steering audio controls, and roof It’s the most popular

HSE ($31,575) comes swathed in Beige leather upholstery slightly wider and deeper and matching door panels and A Harman/Kardon audio system an in-dash CD and navigation system with a six-disc CD changer information and entertainment. A power lets in more light and

Unique 17-inch wheels set the HSE

The sunroof ($875) and the Harman/Kardon CD premium audio system are available as options for the S and SE models. seats ($300) are available for all

• For more information as specs, prices, and photos of the Land Rover Freelander, here: 2002 Land Freelander.

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