2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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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 Dodge Durango 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 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Range Rover Sport and Durango 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’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 Durango.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover Sport’s standard Hill Descent Control allow you to creep down safely. The Durango 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 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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Durango 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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’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’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

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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 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

Engine

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

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.

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

293 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 390) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8 is faster than the Dodge Durango:

Range Rover Sport

Durango Dual Exhaust

Durango V8

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

16.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

110.1 MPH

86.9 MPH

93.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is faster than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6:

Range Rover Sport

Durango

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.9 MPH

86.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 V6 (295 HP) 4WD (22 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport 5.0 supercharged V8 (518 HP) gets better city fuel mileage than the Durango 4x4 V8 (17 city/22 hwy vs. 14 city/22 hwy).

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Durango 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 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the Range Rover Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Dodge only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Durango V6.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Durango (27.6 vs. 24.6 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 Durango:

Range Rover Sport Td6

Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8

Durango V6

Durango V8

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15 inches

13 inches

13.8 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 standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the Durango:

Range Rover Sport

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

142 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 Durango (275/40R22 vs. 265/60R18).

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’s optional 50 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 Durango SXT/GT. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Durango.

Suspension and Handling

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The Range Rover Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Range Rover Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 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, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Range Rover Sport offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.6 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport SVR has a 2.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (10.8 vs. 8.1 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 2.8 inches higher than on the Durango (10.9 vs. 8.1 inches).

Chassis

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The Range Rover Sport is 9.1 inches shorter than the Durango, 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 Durango GT 4x4 (70 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Range Rover Sport has 2.2 inches more front shoulder room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Durango.

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 Durango 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 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 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 Durango’s (7716 vs. 6200 pounds).

The Range Rover Sport has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Durango (1631 vs. 1380 lbs.).

The Range Rover Sport has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Durango (1631 vs. 1460 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Durango (except SXT), 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 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’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’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Durango’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 Durango 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 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 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 Durango is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the Durango because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the Durango, including $66 less for a muffler, $13 less for front struts and $579 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Four Wheeler performed a comparison test in its February 2014 issue and they ranked the Land Rover Range Rover Sport first. They ranked the Dodge Durango GT 4x4 fifth.

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

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