Entry price $49,900
Price as tested: $72,780
It’s been 23 years since the last Land Rover Defender was available for sale in the U.S., specifically the 1997 Defender in full 4X4 off-road regalia. Noted for its top line off-road capabilities and unique looks, this Land Rover became a status symbol for the privileged and quickly evolved into cult-like status. Although removed from U.S. dealerships in 1998 due to more safety mandates and its poor government crash test results, those who loved their Defenders were ready and in waiting at Land Rover dealerships when this all-new 2020 Defender arrived.
Our tester Defender is a far cry from the past versions, which ran from 1993 to 1997 in a rugged, rough terrain design that attracted serious off-road consumers. Additionally, the older Defenders cared more about riding up the side of a steep mountain trail more so than a reasonable ride. Amenities that