You are not wrong. With the LR4 LR played with the suspension geometry to give the new model quicker handling and less roll. I prefer the LR3 steering ratio and roll angles as it suits the vehicle and mission more. They quickened and tightened things up to appeal to the pavement crowd. Makes it better to drive as mom drops the kids off at school.
Yes the 4.4 was quieter and smoother. If only it had another 100 HP we wouldn't have needed this 5.0L DI nonsense.
Thanks for confirming the difference in the suspension!! I haven’t figured out how to edit my original post - I don’t see any options to do so.
An extra 100 HP and more torque in the LR3 would be amazing. Downshifting into 4th or 3rd on the highway when in the mountains really dings the mpg. Otherwise, if its flat, no headwinds, I am still impressed at the mpg. Last weekend averaged 20.6 mpg with full rack, 4 Hellas, awning, and a full load w/ 3 kids and 2 dogs in the back when doing 55-60 mph on fairly flat 2 lane hwy. As soon as we moved to the interstate doing 70-75 mph, mpg’s dropped to 18.2.