2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

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For their $80,000, 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport buyers will be able to check most of their "wants" boxes: great ride; lush, comfortable interior; and formidable off-road capabilities (which they're unlikely to use). And the biggest box of all — having the sweetest, most opulent ride in the soccer-practice pick-up line — gets an extra-emphatic, "CHECK!" But Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the disappointments are in the details. Read her review below and note her beefs with the luxury SUV's cornering skills as well as an annoying glare from the heated windshield.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 14, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Video

If you can live without the sportier handling of its predecessor, you'll find the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport worthy of the brand. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the luxury SUV, sporting Evoque-evocative exterior styling, carries the weight of its name while shedding the weight of its frame — 800 pounds to be exact. This allowed the Range Rover Sport to downsize to a supercharged V-6 engine while retaining V-8 acceleration. Watch the video above for more.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Photo Gallery

By Matt Schmitz | January 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-14 Land Rover Range Rover

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Vehicles Affected: About 3,912 model-year 2013-14 Land Rover Range Rover SUVs

The Problem: Due to insufficient clearance, the supplemental restraint system connector, located in the driver and front passenger side seats, may become disconnected. This could cause the driver and passenger seat side airbags to malfunction, increasing the risk of injury in a crash necessitating airbag deployment.

The Fix: Land Rover will begin notifying owners Jan. 17 and dealers will modify the area around the connector to prevent it from becoming disconnected, free of charge.

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 | January 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Land Rover Shows Off New Range Rover Models at 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Land Rover is offering a more versatile and even more luxurious version of its Range Rover SUV for 2014. The Range Rover Long-Wheelbase and Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black editions were unveiled today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The Range Rover Long-Wheelbase offers an additional 7.3 inches of rear legroom, and when equipped with the optional Executive Seating Package, it has an increased seatback recline of 17 degrees — 8 degrees more than the standard wheelbase model. Standard on all long-wheelbase models are power door blinds and a panoramic sunroof. Aside from the added length, an "L" badge on the door trims distinguishes the new model. 

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

What the Range Rover's 700-Pound Weight Loss Looks Like

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Removing weight can improve nearly every dynamic of a car, including gas mileage, acceleration, braking and handling. Shedding pounds isn't easy, however, and often requires a substantial reworking of a car's chassis or body — unless it's a track-oriented trim where buyers won't miss a backseat or air conditioner.

Land Rover took the substantial redesign route for the 2013 Range Rover using lightweight aluminum extensively in the body and chassis to shed roughly 700 pounds compared to the 2012 models.

Zero-to-60 mph is almost a full second faster for 2013 — 5.1 seconds compared to 5.9 seconds for supercharged models — and gas mileage is up two combined mpg on non-supercharged models. The Range Rover also features a new eight-speed automatic transmission and improved aerodynamics, contributing to the economy and performance improvement.

But what does 700 pounds look like? Below are other 700-pound objects to provide perspective on how much the Land Rover had to alter. The 2013 Range Rover Supercharged we recently tested is 754 pounds lighter than its 2012 counterpart.

By Joe Bruzek | April 10, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Video

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Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Anywhere he wants to. Well, if the big fella takes a seat in the all-new 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the luxury SUV will see no net weight gain compared with the previous model. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays, who got to monkey with the Range Rover Sport during its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, notes that this version shed 800 pounds through liberal use of lightweight aluminum, boosting quickness and fuel efficiency for 2014.

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Also new for 2014 are a supercharged V-6, an auto terrain response setting that senses surroundings and adapts to it, and a platform shared with the Range Rover making it more evocative of its namesake vehicle. Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | April 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Photo Gallery

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It's orange and it’s back. Today, Land Rover took the wraps off its new 2014 Range Rover Sport, which slots alongside the recently redesigned Range Rover.

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Its styling looks as if Land Rover's stunning Evoque went out on a date with the new Range Rover and never left — not that we're complaining. Power comes from either a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 340 horsepower or a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that makes a grand 510 horsepower.

Like its bigger sibling, the Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport has Land Rover's advanced Terrain Response 2 system for effortless off-roading and is built on an all-aluminum unibody that shaves off nearly 800 pounds.

Check out the gallery below of Land Rover's newest model. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 28, 2013 | Comments (2)

Nine-Speed Transmission to Debut on 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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Land Rover is making a major shift in transmission technology with its new nine-speed automatic, which the British automaker will demonstrate at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show in March. Land Rover told Kicking Tires that the newly developed transmission, a first for passenger vehicles, will be available on the 2014 Range Rover Evoque.

Increasing the number of gears from six to nine will help reduce emissions and improve efficiency, Land Rover said in a statement. The automaker said the nine-speed transmission's smaller steps will also improve acceleration response, as well as shift quality and refinement.

"A higher top gear improves efficiency by lowering engine speed, which also improves comfort and reduces noise when cruising at highway speeds," Land Rover said.

The nine-speed — developed with transmission-manufacturer ZF — will also complement the all-terrain capabilities for which Land Rover is known, the automaker said. The lowest speed is geared lower than the existing six-speed's lowest and is designed for off-road use, towing and steep gradients.

By Matt Schmitz | February 28, 2013 | Comments (4)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Gets Supercharged V-6

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For the 2014 model year, Land Rover is eliminating one of the two available V-8 engines on its flagship SUV, the Range Rover, and replacing it with a supercharged V-6. The new 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 replaces the 375-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 this year.

The new V-6, which Land Rover says has a zero-to-60 time of 7.1 seconds and top speed of 130 mph, will be offered alongside the 510-hp, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, which carries over from last year; both engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new V-6 loses about 10% and 11% in horsepower and torque, respectively, compared with its predecessor — though Land Rover estimates that fuel economy will go up by as much as 15%.

Continuing its emphasis on improved gas mileage — already boosted by the 2013 model year's 700-pound weight loss thanks to the SUV's new aluminum components — Land Rover claims the 2014 Range Rover gets 16/22 mpg city/highway, a 2-mpg improvement in both measures over the outgoing V-8. A new intelligent engine stop/start system reduces idling, also contributing to fuel efficiency and emissions reductions, Land Rover says.

By Matt Schmitz | February 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Smaller than the titan Range Rover but larger than the compact Evoque, Land Rover's Range Rover Sport sees only minor changes for 2012. According to Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays, the premium midsize sport ute continues to offer an appealing blend of traditional SUV qualities and unexpected driving fun. Near-sedan-like handling on the streets and unparalleled off-road abilities make this a versatile truck. But will a high sticker price and this Range Rover’s hearty appetite for premium fuel spoil it for many consumers?

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review

By Jennifer Geiger | February 22, 2012 | Comments (3)

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