ROAD TEST | LAND ROVER LR3 SE

Land Rover describes its new LR3 as "architectural." It's also fun, with a tailgate that closes like a clamshell. Inside, the cabin is so vertically spacious, even those over six feet will have room to spare, and its signature stadium-style second row allows back-seat passengers two extra inches of headroom. I also like the three glass sunroofs that illuminate the interior front and back. On the road, the LR3 handles well, with four-wheel drive and standard six-speed automatic transmission. Good power comes from a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that bangs out 300 horses. Taking a cue from its design, this all-terrain cruiser, with traction settings for mud, grass and sand, is made just for that beach clambake. Tip: The HSE model bumps up the perks, like DVD navigation, for $5,000 more.

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