2014 Land Rover Range Rover: Car Seat Check

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It doesn't get much more posh than the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover. This ultraluxury SUV wraps its passengers in comfort with its supple leather seats and head restraints that are as soft as pillows. With room for five, our test car had a long wheelbase, which adds 7.9 inches to this already large SUV's length. Some may argue that this isn't a family car, but our policy is to test cars that arrive in our Chicago headquarters that have a workable backseat, and the Range Rover certainly meets that criterion.

The Range Rover nearly fit three child-safety seats across its backseat, but the seats were too close together for a child in a booster seat to reach the seat belt buckle. Using narrow car seats in the backseat might be an option for parents of three kids interested in this SUV.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | August 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

All British SUVs Should Be Green (16 photos)

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There are a few established theories about cars that are reinforced the longer you review them for a living. Stuff like "It's really hard to beat the Honda Accord." Or "Yep, Subarus are really good in the snow."

After parking a 2014 Range Rover Supercharged long wheelbase in the driveway for a few days I can add one more to the list, "All British SUVs should be green."

Related: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase: Up Close

Why? Well, for one, hues of dark green have been identified with British cars for decades. It's also a color you don't see that often, and in this case the Aintree Green paint job was both subtle and sophisticated, reemphasizing the fact that not only are you piloting a giant, powerful and luxurious SUV but it's also a British SUV. And isn't that what you're trying to say when you pick a Range Rover over a Lexus LX or Mercedes-Benz GL?

By David Thomas | August 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-2015 Land Rover LR2, 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 41,000 model-year 2010-15 Land Rover LR2 and model-year 2012-13 Range Rover Evoque small luxury SUVs

The Problem: A component within the occupant classification system electronic control unit may fail, resulting in the front passenger airbag being totally or partially disabled. In a crash necessitating airbags, deployment may not occur or may occur improperly, increasing the risk of injury to the front-seat passenger.

The Fix: Land Rover will begin notifying owners on Aug. 30, and dealers will update the restraint control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Signals Rip-Roaring Rovers to Come

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In a bid to satisfy anyone who thought the brand's supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines needed even more kick, Land Rover announced plans this week to debut even quicker SVR editions. It all starts with what the British automaker calls the "fastest Land Rover ever" in its inaugural version: the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR, whose supercharged V-8 cranks out 550 horsepower. That's enough to scoot the 5,148-pound SUV from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is a half-second quicker than the existing Range Rover Sport's 510-hp, supercharged V-8.

Related: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Real-World Cargo Space

Higher boost from the supercharger bring torque up 41 pounds-feet to 502 pounds-feet. All that power hits the ground through full-time four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic, but Land Rover says both systems have been retuned for SVR duty.

A larger, two-stage exhaust system sings through quad tailpipes, but you can select a "Quiet mode" if the neighbors complain. Exterior changes include a darker grille finish and unique lower bumpers with taller openings and additional cooling. Behind the SVR's 21-inch wheels, the 15-inch front brakes get more cooling, the adaptive and active (anti-roll) suspension has upgraded rear bushings. The SVR's steering also has less power assist as well as new front underbody panels and a rear spoiler reduce lift. All of this adds just 55 pounds versus the supercharged V-8 Range Rover Sport.

By Kelsey Mays | August 11, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: Car Seat Check

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The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport gained the Evoque's signature looks in its 2014 redesign. It also gained an optional third row — creating seating for seven — that some families might find useful for smaller kids. Our test car had only two rows with seating for five.

We managed to fit all three of our child-safety seats — booster, rear-facing infant seat and convertible — in the Range Rover Sport's backseat, but it failed to meet our criteria for an acceptable fit: A child's hand must be able to fit between the booster seat and the next car seat to buckle up. However, in the Range Rover Sport the car seats were jammed together so tightly that even the smallest of hands couldn't fit. However, a different configuration of car seats — two boosters and an infant seat, for example — might work. Parents of three who are interested in this car should bring their children's car seats along to a visit to the dealership.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | August 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover

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Vehicles Affected: Land Rover is recalling about 5,238 model-year 2014 Range Rover SUVs manufactured between May 7 and Oct. 10, 2013.

The Problem: The turn-signal indicator may not flash or click at a double rate to notify the driver of a front turn-signal malfunction. Without a warning that a signal is malfunctioning, the driver could continue to use the vehicle unaware that other drivers are not being notified of a turn, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Land Rover will notify owners on or before May 27, and dealers will update the vehicle software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's critique of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 jumped three spots to No. 1 this week, finally knocking the popular Acura TLX Prototype — the last holdout from our 2014 Chicago Auto Show coverage — off our list of most-watched videos. The lone newcomer this week, the 2014 Dodge Durango SUV, checks in at No. 5, while a returning trio of MotorWeek videos featuring the 2014 versions of the Nissan Rogue, Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Porsche 911 Turbo S round out the middle of the roster. Check out what was popular.

1. 2014 Lexus GS 350
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue (MotorWeek)
3. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (MotorWeek)
4. 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S (MotorWeek)
5. 2014 Dodge Durango

By Matt Schmitz | March 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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It should come as no surprise to anyone who regularly reads our list of most-read reviews that the 2014 Nissan Rogue once again occupies the No. 1 spot this week. Only two newcomers join the roster, including the 2014 versions of the Toyota Venza wagon and Land Rover Range Rover Sport luxury SUV. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
3. 2014 LX 570
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Infiniti Q50
6. 2014 Scion tC
7. 2014 Toyota Venza
8. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2015 Volvo V60

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | March 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

This week's list of most-watched videos is as close a copy to the previous week's list as we can recall, with our intro to the 2014 Acura TLX Prototype at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show again taking the No. 1 spot. Not only are there zero newcomers to the roster this week, the only difference is that the 2014 Lexus GS 350 and MotorWeek's video featuring the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport swapped the No. 2 and 3 positions. Check out what was popular.

1. 2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (MotorWeek)
3. 2014 Lexus GS 350
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue (MotorWeek)
5. 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S (MotorWeek)

By Matt Schmitz | March 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Real-World Cargo Space

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The addition of "Sport" in the redesigned 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport's name may seem like a small difference between it and the classic Range Rover. For 2014, 75 percent of the parts in the Sport model are unique, however, and the model offers a drastically different experience compared to the regular Range Rover.

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The Sport is smaller in almost every dimension and lighter as well. That means a smaller cargo area with a maximum 62.2 cubic feet of cargo space compared to its bigger sibling's 71.7 cubic feet. Oddly enough, the smaller Range Rover Sport is the one that offers an optional third row. We tested a Range Rover Sport sans third row and stuffed our standard collection of golf bags, luggage, stroller and shopping bags in the cargo area. Check it out below in our cargo animation.

By Joe Bruzek | March 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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