2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2020 Lexus RX Series

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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 RX Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Range Rover Sport and RX Series 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 RX Series’ 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 RX Series.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Engine

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The Range Rover Sport has more powerful engines than the RX Series:

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.

RX 350 3.5 DOHC V6

295 HP

268 lbs.-ft.

RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

308 HP

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 175 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 268) than the RX 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is faster than the RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid:

Range Rover Sport

RX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.9 MPH

94.3 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is faster than the RX 350 3.5 DOHC V6:

Range Rover Sport

RX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.9 MPH

92.7 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 RX Series 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. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the RX Series Hybrid.

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.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the RX Series Hybrid.

The Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.7 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Sport P400e Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 6.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.1 vs. 17.2 gallons). The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 8.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series’ standard fuel tank (27.6 vs. 19.2 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 RX Series:

Range Rover Sport Td6

Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8

RX Series

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

15 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.4 inches

13.3 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the RX Series:

Range Rover Sport

RX Series

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

123 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 RX Series (275/40R22 vs. 235/65R18).

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 RX Series’ optional 55 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 RX Series. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the RX Series.

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 RX Series, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 RX Series 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 RX Series, 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 RX Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Sport’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the RX Series (115.1 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the RX Series.

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

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .89 G’s, while the RX 450h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the RX 450h (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport SVR has a 2.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (10.8 vs. 8.2 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 2.7 inches higher than on the RX Series (10.9 vs. 8.2 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Range Rover Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the RX Series can only carry 5.

The Range Rover Sport has 2.9 inches more front shoulder room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Range Rover Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the RX Series.

Range Rover Sport

RX Series

Third Seat Removed

27.5 cubic feet

18.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

59.5 cubic feet

56.3 cubic feet

Towing

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The Range Rover Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (7716 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Range Rover Sport is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RX Series. 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 optional at extra cost in the RX Series, 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.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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 RX Series 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 RX Series is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the RX Series, including $764 less for a water pump, $227 less for a muffler, $63 less for a starter, $711 less for a timing belt/chain and $2017 less for a power steering pump.

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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 RX Series has never been chosen.

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