In this study we have investigated the magnetic and electrical transport properties of Zr doped lanthanum manganite perovskite. The structural, magnetic, and transport properties of the Zr doped compounds were determined using x-ray diffraction, dc magnetic susceptibility, and a four probe method for electrical resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements in the temperature range of 5–400 K. The structure of the compounds was found to be rhombohedral. The magnetization versus temperature curves show ferromagnetic regions with the magnetic transition temperatures getting saturated for x ≥ 0.07 compounds. The resistivity curves show decreasing resistivity with increasing Zr content in the compound. The resistivity of the compounds is very high and is explained as due to the localization tendency of the electrons. The metal–insulator transition temperature shows a compositional dependence and has additional contributions apart from magnetism. The results are explained by the double exchange interaction and Mn2+/Mn3+ ratio, and also by taking into account the competition between the core-spin interaction and double exchange interaction.