2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. Its Competition

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Range Rover Sport's amazingly wide range of talents pit it against a whole host of luxury vehicles, but its high price narrows that field to just a handful of competitive machines.

You might save some money and fuel, and skip the image-conscious part, and buy a Lincoln MKX--it's much more user-friendly and spacious, has a wonderful interior and features like voice-commanded systems that make it seem like a Star Trek SUV, but it lacks the heritage, prestige, and off-road ability of the Sport.

Moving up the scale, the Infiniti FX 50 is much closer in on-road performance and interior space; it handles very well, but its bulbous looks aren't for everyone.

The true competition comes from Germany: the high-powered versions of the BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche SUVs each offer amazing levels of grip and horsepower, and each is capable of even faster acceleration and top speed than the Sport, but none can quite match the Range Rover's off-road ability.

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Quick Specs
The most broadly talented luxury SUV of its kind, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is plush, quick, rugged, and authentic--as well as pricey, thirsty, and not especially spacious.
The 2013 BMW X6 finally has some serious competition in the coupe/SUV segment, but remains one of the most impressive sport crossovers around.
The 2013 Lincoln MKX finally has luxury game with a knockout interior and Mustang-worthy power; MyLincoln Touch is better, too.
For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks.
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne spans a wide range of capabilities, from basic family hauler to track-worthy sports SUV, with a few stops in between--including a brand new diesel.
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Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WDSport Utility Vehicle 2WDSport Utility Vehicle 4WD
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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