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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport OVERVIEW
The little brother of Land Rover’s legendary Range Rover, the midsize Range Rover Sport remains faithful to the brand’s reputation for uncompromising luxury and off-road performance. The Sport is a richly appointed, stylish SUV that will make quick work of any task you throw at it.
What's New for 2014
The Range Rover Sport has been completely redesigned for greater efficiency and a more prestigious look inside and out. The switch to an all-aluminum chassis has reduced weight by 700 pounds, yet the Sport is slightly larger than before and offers third-row seating for the first time. A supercharged 3-liter V6 steps in as the new base engine.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover Sport
If there’s one thing you don’t pay extra for, it’s the ability to conquer trails and ford streams. Every Sport gets full-time four-wheel drive with hill descent control and hill start assist, plus Land Rover's driver-selectable Terrain Response system.
The new supercharged 3-liter V6 makes a strong 340 horsepower and helps the Sport achieve 19 mpg in combined driving. A 510-horsepower supercharged 5-liter V8 continues as the top power choice. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Low-ranging gearing is standard with the V8 and optional on V6 models.
The lineup is divided into 3.0 (V6) and 5.0 (V8) models:
All versions can be equipped with a kid-size third row, which boosts seating to seven. Many of the features included in the higher trim levels are available as options across the board. You can also add certain individual options to any Range Rover Sport, including 22-inch wheels, a rear entertainment system and a towing package.
The 700-pound weight reduction really makes a difference in how the Sport performs in everyday driving. You don’t get the bulky feel associated with other luxury SUVs, and acceleration is surprisingly peppy with the new V6. Our choice for the best balance of luxury and value is an HSE.