2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Safety

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Like many luxury vehicles that sell in small volumes, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport doesn't have any crash-test data to confirm the assumptions about its safety.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put the Sport through a full series of crash tests, and we don't expect that either will, since the Sport is nearing the end of its current model cycle.

No crash-test scores are available, but the Range Rover Sport has some of the latest high-tech safety equipment.

Even so, the middle Range Rover has the usual and some cutting-edge standard safety equipment. All versions get standard dual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control with roll control; hill descent control; and active headrests.

The Supercharged model is also available with radar adaptive cruise control that works with the emergency braking system to scan the road and detect possible collisions, aiding the driver in braking.

All Sports have the Range Rover four-wheel-drive system as well, which integrates a handful of traction modes with a locking differential to accommodate drivers putting it through its paces on a huge variety of surfaces--from bone-dry pavement to sloppy, knee-deep mud and glare ice.

Both versions of the Range Rover Sport offer excellent visibility thanks to plenty of glass, a low beltline, and a high seating position, though rearward visibility is somewhat reduced by thick pillars at the very back of the vehicle.

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