August 22, 2023 | Allison Robertson

Review: 2023 Land Rover Defender


When it comes to SUVs that can truly do it all, few names come up as frequently as the Land Rover Defender. 

The 2023 model continues to pay homage to its iconic lineage, while simultaneously embracing the modern demands of today's discerning drivers.

Exterior Design

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The 2023 Land Rover Defender maintains its robust and boxy silhouette – a nod to its predecessors. But this isn't the old-school Defender; it’s sleeker and more refined.

Distinctive LED headlights, a confident stance, and a modernized front fascia reflect Land Rover's commitment to evolution without sacrificing the SUV's rugged charm.

Interior Comfort

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Inside, the Defender impresses with a blend of luxurious finishes and practical design.

Spacious seating for up to six passengers, quality materials, and an infotainment system that's both intuitive and feature-rich set the stage.

The dashboard boasts a digital display, providing drivers with critical information at a glance, and the central touchscreen is responsive and user-friendly.

Plus, with ample storage compartments and seating configurations, it’s clear that Land Rover designed the interior with both adventure and daily commutes in mind.

Performance

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Under the hood, the 2023 Defender doesn’t disappoint.

With its advanced powertrains, you get a blend of efficiency and raw power, ensuring that no terrain is too challenging. 

With the 525PS supercharged V8 engine, the Defender can reach 0-60 mph in as quick as 5.8 seconds with the more powerful engine options. Top speed is electronically limited to around 129 mph.  

The vehicle's adaptive dynamics system tweaks performance attributes in real-time, ensuring a smooth, stable ride whether you’re off-roading in the mountains or cruising the city streets.

Safety

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Safety is paramount with the Defender.

Packed with advanced safety features like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a comprehensive suite of airbags, drivers and passengers can feel secure on any journey.

The 360-degree camera system is particularly handy, giving drivers a bird’s-eye view – a boon in tight parking situations or when navigating tricky terrains.

Connectivity And Tech

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The 2023 Defender is as smart as it is tough. Its Pivi Pro infotainment system ensures that drivers remain connected, entertained, and informed on the go.

Features like smartphone integration, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a premium sound system further elevate the driving experience.

Off-road Capabilities

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True to its heritage, the Defender is an off-road behemoth.

Its Terrain Response system automatically adjusts to varying terrains, ensuring optimal performance whether you’re fording rivers or traversing sandy dunes.

The ground clearance, wading depth, and wheel articulation underscore its credentials as a legitimate off-road champion.

The Defender can tow a substantial weight, with a maximum towing capacity of up to 8,201 lbs (3,720 kg) when properly equipped. This impressive capability is thanks to its robust engine, chassis design, and advanced towing features.  

Personalization

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The 2023 Land Rover Defender is not just about its core features; it’s also about personalization.

Land Rover offers an array of accessories and accessory packages designed to enhance both the vehicle's aesthetics and functionality.

Whether you're an adventurer, a city-dweller, or someone in between, there's a package tailored to fit your lifestyle and make your Defender truly unique.

Explorer Package

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Designed for the off-road enthusiasts, this package includes a raised air intake, matte black hood decal, expedition roof rack, and wheel arch protection. It's perfect for those who love to venture beyond the beaten path.

Adventure Package

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Aimed at the avid adventurer, this package boasts a portable rinse system, an integrated air compressor, a trunk-mounted storage box, and mudflaps. It's a go-to choice for weekend escapades of camping trips.

Country Package

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Tailored for rural life, this package offers front and rear mudflaps, wheel arch protection, a load space partition, and a portable rinse system, ensuring the Defender is always ready for country pursuits.

Urban Package

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For the city dwellers, the Urban Package equips the Defender with bright metal pedals, a spare wheel cover, front under shield, and side scuff plates. It adds a touch of sophistication to the rugged Defender, making it stand out in urban settings.

Each accessory package not only adds functional elements to the Defender but also accentuates its design, ensuring it's tailored to your specific needs and style.

Fuel Economy

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The 2023 Land Rover Defender takes fuel efficiency seriously, even with its rugged nature.

Boasting a commendable MPG, the vehicle manages around 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Coupled with a sizeable fuel tank capacity of approximately 23.8 gallons, it ensures that drivers can cover significant distances before needing a pit stop at the gas station.

Price

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Starting at around $50,500, the Defender offers a range of trims and options to cater to varying budgets and preferences.

While it's not the cheapest SUV on the market, its unique blend of luxury, capability, and heritage makes it a value proposition in its segment.

Final Thoughts

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The 2023 Land Rover Defender successfully merges tradition with modernity.

For fans of the brand or newcomers seeking an SUV that doesn't compromise on luxury or ruggedness, the Defender is a compelling choice.

It's clear that while the Defender has evolved with the times, it hasn't forgotten its roots, making it a standout in a crowded SUV market.


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