When you think of two-door SUVs, what comes to mind? That ungainly 2-door Ford Explorer they sold for a decade? The Isuzu Amigo? The Jeep Wrangler?
Well, how about the two-door Land Rover Freelander?
That’s right. Everyone forgets about it, but the two-door Freelander very much existed – even in the United States. It was one of many failed two-door SUVs, a group that also includes the Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Isuzu VehiCROSS, and dozens upon dozens of others.
The interesting thing was the Freelander Convertible was kind of neat-looking. It had a rear-mounted spare, you could take off the roof, and it sort of looked like a combination of “cute car your girlfriend might drive” and “go-anywhere off-roader.”
Unfortunately, the Freelander itself was an awful, underpowered, trucky SUV with terrible gas mileage, a bad interior, and a transmission that was destined to fail no matter how many times you replaced it. As a result, I’d be stunned if there are ANY Land Rover Freelanders left in this country five years from now.
But I’d especially be stunned if there are any two-doors. A quick check on AutoTrader.com reveals about 80 percent of Freelanders are four-door, meaning only a small number are two-doors. A quick check on AutoTrader.com also reveals you can pick one of these up for around six grand, regardless of mileage or condition. That’s a pretty good deal, though I must remind you to budget for a new transmission. And then another new transmission a few years later.