2023 Land Rover Defender Review

July 7th, 2023 by

2023 Land Rover Defender

The 2023 Land Rover Defender price starts at $53,500. According to critics, it offers Orange County drivers plenty of luxury and off-road capability for its price tag. These rugged SUVs showcase their capability, power, towing, and high-end accouterments that enthusiasts have come to expect from the British automaker. 

Take a look at a few quotes from new Land Rover Defender reviews to help you decide if this off-roading SUV is right for you! Then, we invite you to contact us or call (714) 646-6039 to schedule a test drive. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with one of these new Land Rovers!

What Are the Critics Saying in Their Defender Land Rover Reviews? 

The critics are singling out impressive handling and off-road capability as the main strengths of the Defender in their Land Rover reviews. Let’s take a look at what of some of the top automotive journalists are saying in their 2023 Land Rover Defender reviews below: 

Consumer Reports

  • “With the optional mild-hybrid six-cylinder engine (denoted by the P400 badge; the standard turbocharged four-cylinder is the P300), our four-door Defender 110 (there’s also a two-door, Defender 90 model) test vehicle has strong acceleration on demand, and the eight-speed automatic transmission is very smooth.”

Car and Driver

  • “But the biggest benefit to the new generation Defender’s setup is its superior on-road driving behavior, which gives it a level of refinement that rivals such as the Jeep Wrangler and Lexus GX can’t match.”
  • “The Defender has 11.5 inches of ground clearance and the ability to ford through 35 inches of water, which exceeds both the Jeep Wrangler’s maximum clearance and its wading ability.”


  • “The Land Rover Defender packs legitimate off-road capability — provided you pick the right options — and makes no sacrifice in on-road comfort. It’s an admirable accomplishment. Overall, we’re impressed with this modern interpretation of a classic nameplate.”
  • “If you’re looking to get off the beaten path — and we mean way off the beaten path — the 2023 Land Rover Defender will get you there with ease. Banking on its storied history as a go-anywhere, do-anything SUV before the term SUV even existed, the Defender has the off-road chops to tackle some of the most daunting challenges. At the same time, it’s a modern Land Rover, with the luxury trappings that make it easy to live with when you’re on big-city pavement.”
  • “The Defender is the most hardcore all-terrain vehicle in the Land Rover lineup, but it’s still more refined than competing SUVs that include the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler.”


  • “The 2023 Land Rover Defender 110 V-8 is incredibly fun to drive on the road. The strong engine produces plenty of grunt to get into and out of trouble, and it pumps a fantastic growl out of its quad exhaust tips. The eight-speed transmission fires off shifts quickly with appropriate firmness, and it holds gears long enough to take full advantage of the V-8’s powerband.”
  • “This Defender 110 V-8’s ride quality is equally impressive. To facilitate the sort of dynamic driving expected by owners of the most powerful Defender model, Land Rover fit these versions with unique springs, larger anti-roll bars, unique damper tuning, and larger 15-inch front brakes. We found the brakes are strong and progressive while giving ample feedback, without aggressive initial bite.”


  • “The Land Rover Defender is a poised and comfortable SUV on the street for a vehicle that’s primarily an off-roader. It’s an off-road SUV that doesn’t forget that it’s also a luxury SUV. The ride is smooth, the handling is composed, and the steering is responsive. It’s even comfier if you opt for the available Air Suspension Pack.”
  • “Off-road is where the Defender shines. Simply put, the Land Rover Defender is one of the most capable off-road SUVs money can buy. The Defender can tackle almost any terrain you’ll encounter, even in its base form with standard 4-wheel drive, twin-speed transfer box, and Terrain Response drive modes.”

Find a Land Rover Defender for Sale Near Corona

Now that you’ve read over a few Land Rover Defender reviews, are you ready to take your adventuring to the next level? Reach out to us for a test drive! We’d love to see you behind the wheel of a new Land Rover Defender. 

If you’re ready to take the next steps in greater Los Angeles, connect with our finance center and use our payment calculator to find out which Land Rover model fits into your budget. We hope you enjoyed our look at the 2023 Defender and these Land Rover reviews.


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