2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. Its Competition

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Range Rover Sport cribs big-brother style and image on a chassis it shares with the LR4, so off-road performance is great, while on-road it's blazingly quick.

The amazing highwire act isn't matched by many SUVs, but the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6 comes close.

Both have rounded silhouettes and uprated performance editions with turbochargers and scalding straight-line acceleration, though neither is as capable off-road as the Rover.

The Mercedes M-Class is a closer match; it's new this year, with an ML63 performance edition on the way, and it's a refined, evolved version of the last-gen M-Class.

Infiniti's FX50 has thumping V-8 power but very little ground clearance; it's a Rubenesque sportscar at heart.

On the outer fringes of this spectrum, but totally in the crossover mainstream, is the five-seat Lincoln MKX, which puts its best foot forward with great interior space and a fine cabin, with controversial MyLincoln touch and voice controls as standard equipment.

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2012 BMW X6 AWD 4-door 35i Side Exterior View2012 BMW X6
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2012 Lincoln MKX FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lincoln MKX
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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML3502012 Mercedes-Benz M Class
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2012 Porsche Cayenne2012 Porsche Cayenne
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Quick Specs
An impressive performer both on and off-road, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has the broadest reach of any luxury SUV we know.
The 2012 BMW X6 is no longer alone in the coupe-like SUV market, but it remains one of the best options, for its performance, luxury, utility, and style.
The 2012 Lincoln MKX lives up to the promise of top-notch American luxury, with some of the newest luxury and tech features as its controversial showpieces.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M Class is improved in nearly way, and remains one of the most luxurious and secure choices for families not needing a third row of seats.
The 2012 Porsche Cayenne comes equipped to take on a rugged trail, the racetrack, and child ferrying, all in the same day.
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12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle 4WDSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
Style Name    
4WD 4-Door HSEAWD 4-Door 35iFWD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door ML 350AWD 4-Door Manual
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utility4dr Sports Activity CoupeCrossover4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/CommandShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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