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Land Rover's 2024 Defender takes you off-road with style

Land Rover's 2024 Defender takes you off-road with style

The 2024 Land Rover Defender is the perfect compromise for off-roaders who don't want to drive a dirty car. On the ORV trail, the Defender is unstoppable among truck-ish rivals like the Jeep Wrangler and Lexus GX, but driving it for errands or a road trip is more attractive.

Its on-road attitude belies its go-anywhere potential, and three powertrains and three body choices let you customize the SUV.

Want maximum coolness? Try the 90 two-door. Got lots of kids to drive around town? Third-row seats and greater room are available in the extended-wheelbase 130. The mid-sized 110 trim, which is identical to the 90 but more practical, will likely appeal to most purchasers.

Every Defender has individuality, and even the simplest versions have more creature comforts than the utilitarian forefathers that launched Land Rover.

The 2024 Defender 130 Outbound grade level removes the SUV's third row of seats and rearmost windows to make up for extra luggage capacity and allow for more outward customization with a variety of accessories.

The optional 518-hp supercharged V-8 on 90 and 110 models is now available on 130. A new County Exterior package for the 110 comprises a two-tone exterior paint scheme, a distinctive 20-inch wheel design, lighted door sill guards, and external-matching inside decorations.

The 2024 Land Rover Defender costs $57,875 to $120,075 depending on specification and extras.

The two-door 90 is cute, but most purchasers prefer the four-door 110 and 130. We recommend the 110 SE specification level for its 19-inch aluminum alloys, automatic high-beam headlights, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, and digital gauge display.

Land Rover provides many Defender accessory packages with themed features. There are many customisation choices, but we'll let you choose.

The EPA rates Defender models' fuel efficiency same regardless of engine. The four-cylinder 90 gets 18 mpg city and 21 highway. The six-cylinder engine decreases the 90's city rating to 17 mpg but increases the highway rating to 23. The long-wheelbase 130 gets 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway with the six-cylinder engine, while the 110 gets the same numbers as the 90.

V-8 110s get 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway, while V-8 90s get 15 and 19. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, a Defender 110X with the optional six-cylinder motor got 18 mpg and the 130 got 19 mpg. Visit the EPA's website for Defender fuel economy information.

Its luxury and practical interior draws from the rest of Land Rover's portfolio, making Land Rover fans feel at home. Exposed rivets in the door panels provide ruggedness, while a magnesium beam across the dashboard is structural. Under the infotainment display, a trapezoidal dashboard extension houses climate-control and driving mode controls.

Instead of the center console, this center stack holds the shift lever and ignition switch. Some versions include a center console that flips back to provide a jump seat between the driver and passenger, like a full-size pickup truck's three-across bench.

The 90 and 110 models have limited cargo space behind the rear seat, but it's comparable to the Wrangler. The rear seats can be folded to expand the cargo bay, but those looking to haul people and gear may want to consider the Land Rover Discovery or a roof-top cargo carrier.

With the third row folded, the longer 130 model has more load space, but gear is limited.

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