The old Land Rover Defenders were not safe by modern and contemporary standards
Also, speaking of that new version: while Results of crash tests in the United States for the new Land Rover Defender has not been announced yet, obtained excellent results in European crash tests. Still, it would be literally impossible for it to be any less safe than the previous model, because that car was recalled from the U.S. market in 1997 because no longer met safety standards.
Admittedly, this is a compromise made with many old cars, but it’s still worth repeating, like this: In 1997, there were 268 million people in the United States and 42,013 car-related deaths; Twenty years later, there were 58 million more Americans, but almost 5,000 fewer people died on the roads. It’s not because we drove less, and it certainly isn’t because we became better drivers; It’s because cars became safer.
The Jeep Wrangler does everything the old Defender did for much cheaper
The old Defender’s main attractions, of course, are its incredible off-road capability, compact proportions and open-air flexibility. All of which are really attractive and seem like good reasons to purchase a second vehicle. Or at least they would be, if it weren’t for a small vehicle called…the jeep wrangler.
America’s homegrown off-road icon does almost everything the Defender does, and it does it for little money. He The cheapest Defenders of yesteryear with many kilometers traveled Autos.com They still tend to start around $50,000. Wranglers of a similar era go for $10,000 to 15,000. And those Wranglers are almost guaranteed to be cheaper and easier to maintain than trying to source parts for a three-decade-old British vehicle.