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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 Dodge Durango SRT doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.
The Range Rover Sport’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
Both the Range Rover Sport and Durango SRT 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 Durango SRT’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.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover Sport’s standard Hill Descent Control allow you to creep down safely. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The Range Rover Sport offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango SRT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
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 Durango SRT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Sport and the Durango SRT 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, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Range Rover Sport comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Durango SRT’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The Range Rover Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Durango SRT’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Range Rover Sport have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Durango SRT.
The Range Rover Sport’s optional 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 43 more horsepower (518 vs. 475) than the Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8. The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 100 more horsepower (575 vs. 475) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 470) than the Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8.
As tested in Car and Driver the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is faster than the Dodge Durango SRT:
Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Sport SVR
Zero to 60 MPH
Zero to 100 MPH
5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start
Speed in 1/4 Mile
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango SRT (22 city/28 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport 5.0 supercharged V8 (518 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Durango SRT (17 city/22 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).
The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Durango SRT must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Durango SRT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Durango SRT (27.6 vs. 24.6 gallons).
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 Durango SRT’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Durango SRT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
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 Durango SRT, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
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 Durango SRT 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 Durango SRT, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango SRT.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 750 pounds less than the Dodge Durango SRT.
The Range Rover Sport is 9.1 inches shorter than the Durango SRT, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Range Rover Sport has 2.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Durango SRT.
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 Durango SRT 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 Durango SRT 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 Durango SRT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Range Rover Sport has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Durango SRT (1631 vs. 1160 lbs.).
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Durango SRT, 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 Range Rover Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Range Rover Sport’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Durango SRT’s parking brake has to released manually.
The Range Rover Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Durango SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
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 Durango SRT 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 Durango SRT 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 Durango SRT doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Durango SRT has never been chosen.
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