2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2020 Acura MDX

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Acura MDX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Sport and MDX have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The MDX’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Sport. But it costs extra on the MDX.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The MDX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the MDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MDX’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the MDX:

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Sport P360 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

355 HP

365 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid

395 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport P400e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

398 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport 5.0 supercharged V8

518 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

MDX 3.5 SOHC V6

290 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

MDX Sport Hybrid 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid

321 HP

289 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 176 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 267) than the MDX’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 154 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 289) than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is faster than the Acura MDX V6:

Range Rover Sport

MDX

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.9 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The MDX must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Acura only offers a regenerative brake system on the MDX Sport Hybrid.

The Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.7 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Sport P400e Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 4.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.1 vs. 19.4 gallons). The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 8.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX’s standard fuel tank (27.6 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the MDX:

Range Rover Sport Td6

Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8

MDX

MDX Sport Hybrid

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The Range Rover Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MDX are solid, not vented.

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the MDX:

Range Rover Sport

MDX

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Range Rover Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the MDX (275/40R22 vs. 265/45R20).

The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the MDX A-Spec’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the MDX. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the MDX.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the MDX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Range Rover Sport V8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The MDX doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the MDX, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover Sport has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Sport’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The MDX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Sport’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the MDX (115.1 inches vs. 111 inches).

The Range Rover Sport’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.4% to 51.6%) than the MDX’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Range Rover Sport more stable handling and braking.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the MDX SH-AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the MDX SH-AWD (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport SVR has a 3.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (10.8 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 3.6 inches higher than on the MDX (10.9 vs. 7.3 inches).

Chassis

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The Range Rover Sport is 4.1 inches shorter than the MDX, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Range Rover Sport HSE is quieter than the MDX SH-AWD (70 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Range Rover Sport has .6 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the MDX.

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover Sport has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The MDX doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Range Rover Sport’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The MDX doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The MDX doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Payload and Towing

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The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the MDX’s (7716 vs. 3500 pounds).

The Range Rover Sport has a much higher standard payload capacity than the MDX (1631 vs. 1173 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Range Rover Sport is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the MDX. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MDX, the Range Rover Sport has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Sport and the MDX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Range Rover Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The MDX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Range Rover Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The MDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Sport has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The MDX doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Range Rover Sport’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The MDX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The MDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the MDX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Range Rover Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Range Rover Sport will retain 45.17% to 46.78% of its original price after five years, while the MDX only retains 40.03% to 44.9%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the MDX because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the MDX, including $132 less for a water pump, $264 less for a muffler, $69 less for front brake pads, $714 less for fuel injection, $53 less for a fuel pump and $941 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The MDX has never been chosen.

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