The 2021 Land Rover Defender is available in 2 body styles - 90 and 110. The Land Rover Defender 90 is the three-door version, whereas, the 2021 Land Rover Defender 110, which we review separately is the five-door version of the same. The prices of the 2021 Land Rover Defender starts from $46,100 for the base trim and ranges up to $80,500 for the range-topping Defender X variant. For leasing, consider the 2021 Land Rover Defender will cost you around $1019/month for 36 months after a 10% down payment rounded off. Of course, these figures might vary depending on the region you live in, they should, however, lie in the same bandwidth as mentioned.
The Defender is one of the best off-roaders on the planet however, was not as good on the normal roads. With the latest upgrades, that issue has already been taken care of and now the new Defender feels as confident on the road as off it. The 2021 Land Rover Defender locks its horns with the likes of Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro. Read our in-depth review and pricing analysis for the 2021 Land Rover Defender to get a clearer picture of how it is strategically placed in the U.S market.
7.5/10 Engine and Performance
2021 Land Rover Defender Pricing and Features
The 2021 Land Rover Defender will be carried on as the same bundle and will be available in two body styles - 90 and Land Rover Defender 110. The Land Rover Defender 90 and Land Rover Defender 110 (reviewed separately) are three-door and five-door variants respectively and are underpinned by different wheelbases altogether.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 will be offered in 7 different trims: Base, S, X-Dynamic S, SE, X-Dynamic SE, X-Dynamic HSE, and X. The prices of the 2021 Land Rover Defender starts from $46,100 and ranges up to $80,500 for the top of the line X trim. Leasing a 2021 Land Rover Defender will cost you around $1019/month for 36 months after a 10% down payment rounded off.
Adds/Upgrades to Base
Adds/Upgrades to S
Adds/Upgrades to X-Dynamic S
Adds/Upgrades to SE
Adds/Upgrades to X-Dynamic SE
Adds/Upgrades to X-Dynamic HSE
LED Exterior Lighting
Narvik Black exterior door
Six-cylinder engine Standard
14-way Power-Adjustable Heated and Cooled Seats with Memory
Automatic High Beams
Wheel arch cladding with Silicon Satin painted skid plates
Upgraded LED Headlight
Satin Dark Grey finish for the 20-inch alloy wheels
Creating a new benchmark in style, quality, and performance, the 2021 Land Rover Defender will be one of the best off-roaders in the U.S. market. The Defender will be offered in 6 different trim levels however, we would recommend the ‘S’ trim. It gets all the necessary features for a daily driver like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and many more and offers the performance of a Land Rover when you fancy a drive through the wilderness.
However, if it's only the best of the best that you fancy and there is no such thing as "enough power" for you, we suggest you go for the SE trim as its the most economical trim with a 3.0L 6-cylinder engine and gets impressive features such as 19-inch aluminum wheels, automatic high-beam headlamps, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, and a digital gauge display.
2021 Land Rover Defender Engine and Performance
"In all, the Defender is as capable as the best Wrangler off road with a more comfortable, refined, and controlled demeanor on the road." - The Car Connection
In case you are into more power and serious off-roading then they can go with the new 3.0-liter inline-six that is available in the SE, X-Dynamic SE, X-Dynamic HSE, and X. The 3.0L engine of the Defender will be twin-charged (supercharged+turbocharged) and also it has got a 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance system that's good for a combined 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.
As standard, the Defender will be offered with 8-Speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive Land Rover terrain response system. The eight-speed automatic gearbox and All-Wheel Drive systems certainly make the Defender a capable and comfortable vehicle that is a strong hitter in the performance division.
Being a heavy vehicle it will take loads of power to stop it from a specific speed, the braking setups of the Defender are expected to be a definite improvement from the older generations. The 2021 Land Rover Defender will get 13.8” rotors in the front and 12.8” rotors for the rear wheels. These massive brakes are necessary for the Defender as it weighs the maximum in the segment. With a curb weight of about 5,200 lbs, the Defender will take 127 ft to come to a complete halt from 60 mph.
The Jeep Wrangler outshines the entire segment in terms of fuel efficiency. The Jeep Wrangler is capable of doing 22 MPG in city traffic conditions. Considering that the Wrangler is a full-sized off-roader, the fuel efficiency surely is really impressive. However, the Defender gets the biggest fuel tank of the lot and in turn, offers a better range between the fuel stops.
2021 Land Rover Defender Interior
"The Defender is (unlike the Jeep) super-roomy too, with a wide cabin and loads of rear legroom." - Top Gear
The interior of the 2021 Land Rover Defender is a perfect blend of quality and utility. The Defender gets an all-new designed dashboard, however the moment you step inside, you still find the styling cues of an authentic Land Rover. The brand has managed to give it a modern look with a hint of old-school design. The visibility from inside is impeccable, which comes in really handy when treading off the road. You also get a long list of toys to play with and the amazing Land Rover terrain response makes the Defender relentless while on the move.
There is nothing too luxurious, but the Defender is comparable with many other current-generation SUVs as far as the interior is concerned. The interior uses good quality materials and is overall well built, and some small noticeable hints will give you the same vibe as the old Defender. The bar that runs along with the dashboard and looks butch isn’t just for show as it does provide structural rigidity.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender offers highly configurable space, giving you a choice of two front seats in a walk-through cabin, a front jump seat, and a seven-seater layout. The gear lever is also mounted on the center stack instead of in the center console like most which help open up space alongside the driver and passenger and also enables certain models to have a folding jump seat which is reminiscent of some work trucks.
2021 Land Rover Defender
2021 Jeep Wrangler
2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room; inches)
Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room; inches)
Trunk Space (cubic feet)
The Defender has enough space for the front row passengers and rear row occupants also get enough room. The Defender and the Wrangler provide similar spacing for the rear passengers, however, the Toyota 4Runner TRD provides the maximum trunk capacity, which increases its practicality.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender will get the brand's all-new infotainment system which is dubbed with Pivi Pro and makes use of a single 10-inch infotainment screen. The response time of this screen is much better and is equipped with the latest smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Unlike the dual-screen Touch Pro Duo systems in their new offerings such as the Velar and Evoque, the Defender makes do with a single screen. Land Rover grants the Defender a satellite-linked navigation system that is active even without the need for any internet or cell phone reception. The higher-end trims of the Defender also come with a digital gauge cluster and a head-up display.
Moreover, Meridian grants three options for the audio system for the 2021 Land Rover Defender. A basic 6-speaker sound system, 10-speaker 400W audio system with subwoofer and active noise cancellation, and a 14-speaker premium audio system with a 700W amplifier and Trifield Surround Sound technology
Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the 2021 Land Rover Defender are:
"Land Rover didn’t go overly retro with the Defender, instead building a modern SUV with nods to the Defender’s past." - The Car Connection
The brand has managed to give a hint of the 50s model to the new Land Rover Defender, it would easily strum your heartstring and not lose its practicality and capabilities too. Following and matching all the regulations and being safe at the same time too. The new Defender looks modern and at the same time maintains the boxy characteristics of a big SUV.
The 2021 Land Rover Defender is one tough cookie. The body is protected by skid plates and reinforced steel bumpers. This takes off the worry that you'll break something the next time you go trailing into the Rockies. A 1.7-gallon water reservoir with a spryer hose enables you to wash out the dirt and mud off the car.
Going camping? You can deploy a waterproof awning to the rear or side of the Defender to create a makeshift camping space. The roof can be equipped with a roof rack, insulated tent, bike stand, or a ski-snowboard carrier, depending on what you fancy on your voyage.
The new 2021 Land Rover Defender has got a plethora of standard exterior features like the LED headlight, power-folding door mirrors, and 18-inch white steel wheels with all-season tires. The list of features increases as we go up the line-up.
2021 Land Rover Defender
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO
Curb Weight (lb)
Ground Clearance (inches)
The Land Rover Defender's dimensions out pass its competitors on almost every aspect. Be it the length of the car, width, height, ground clearance, or the wheelbase, in all the aspects the Defender tops the list. The high ground clearance on the Defender definitely transpires into more potent off-road manners. In terms of looks, all these vehicles look exactly how a proper off-roader should look. They project an image of ruggedness and strength.
Apart from numerous claims regarding its structural rigidity, the Defender has also been praised for its suite of safety and driver-assist features. Standard active safety features like lane departure warning, automated emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control are all offered as standard in the Defender.
Moreover, the optional Driver Assist Package arms the Defender with Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Rear Collision Warning. Apart from that, the Defender can also be equipped with LED lights that keenly monitor the surroundings and a 3D surround-view camera that gives you an unobstructed image of the Defender along with its surroundings.
Some of the most eminent safety features aboard the 2021 Land Rover Defender are:
Electronic Stability Control(ESC) with Roll Stability Control
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact beams
Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
Front Collision Warning with Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert And Trailer Detection
Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
Front And Rear Parking Sensors
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Adaptive Cruise Control
Dual-stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
First Aid Kit
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
3D Surround-View Camera
2021 Land Rover Defender Competition
2021 Land Rover Defender vs 2021 Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is much cheaper than the Defender. However, it is not as practical as the Defender. The stiff suspension setup of the Wrangler gives it great off road capabilities, however it feels a bit harsh on the normal roads. The Defender can handle the off road tracks and the normal city driving conditions with the same poise.
2021 Land Rover Defender vs 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD
The Defender is a more modern and luxurious option to go with and also has a bigger heritage push. Both of the cars are better in their own ways, the prices of these cars are somewhat similar. The Toyota 4Runner TRD gets a better value as being a Toyota, the reliability and maintenance becomes very easy. On the other hand, the Land Rover will come in handy in case you like to take the roads less taken!
2021 Land Rover Defender Final Verdict
The Ultimate off-roader, the Defender is back with a bang. The new Defender is modern and completely up to date with the latest techs. The unformidable Land Rover Terrain response system gives the Defender an ultimate go anywhere attitude. However, all of the fun comes at a certain price. The 2021 Land Rover Defender will have a starting price tag of just a shy under $50,000 however, the latest iteration certainly feels worth the price.
How much does it cost to lease a Land Rover Defender?
Leasing a 2021 Land Rover Defender will cost you around $1019/month for 36 months after a 10% down payment rounded off.
What is the annual maintenance cost of a Land Rover Defender?
The annual maintenance cost of a Land Rover Defender, on average, comes out to be around $675. Repair and maintenance costs vary depending on age, mileage, location and shop.
How much can the 2021 Land Rover Defender tow?
The 2021 Land Rover Defender has an impressive towing capacity of 8,201 lbs. The Defender also gets the Advanced Tow Assist system, which makes the towing a lot easier.
What is the warranty offered on the 2021 Land Rover Defender?
The 2021 Land Rover will be offered with a Limited Warranty of 4 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. Land Rover also provides roadside assistance for the vehicles which are under the Limited Warranty.
2021 Defender is a family suv that knows how to get those tires dirty and still keep everyone on the inside happy
by Marvin J. McMillan
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Is it the best suv?
Inching close to that perfection, I think Landrover's defender is what they say it is
by John M. Simpson
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Land Rover Defender after all
Defender looks unique, drives brilliantly and comes handy for daily driving as well
by Stephen alford
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Luxury and capability
Capabilities like no other. People always complain that Land Rover has no reliability and I had a 2012 Range Rover which worked great all these years. Now, I believe Defender is going to even better than that.
by Ronald W. Burton
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Nothing beats a defender
If you think offroading you think Land Rover or Wrangler I don’t know what you think, but one thing is for sure this is one of the best offroading vehicles ever created.