2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vs. 2020 Nissan Armada

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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 Nissan Armada 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 Armada doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Range Rover Sport and Armada 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 Armada’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 Armada.

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 Armada doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Range Rover Sport uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Armada uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Armada have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 Armada’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 longer than the Armada’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Range Rover Sport P400’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl. hybrid produces 5 more horsepower (395 vs. 390) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8. The Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 8 more horsepower (398 vs. 390) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 128 more horsepower (518 vs. 390) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8. The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 185 more horsepower (575 vs. 390) and 122 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 49 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport is faster than the Nissan Armada:

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport SVR

Armada

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.3 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

12.8 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.9 MPH

111 MPH

94 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 Armada 4WD (22 city/28 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport 5.0 supercharged V8 (518 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Armada 4x4 (17 city/22 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

The Range Rover Sport P400e can drive on battery power alone for up to 31 miles. The Armada 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 Armada 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 Armada doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Armada (27.6 vs. 26 gallons).

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is available on the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Armada.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Armada:

Range Rover Sport P400/400e/V8

Armada

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13.8 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops much shorter than the Armada:

Range Rover Sport

Armada

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Range Rover Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires. The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Armada Platinum’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 Armada SV. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Armada SL/Platinum.

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 Armada 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 Armada, which uses coil springs in front. 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 Armada’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the Armada Platinum 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport SVR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the Armada Platinum 4x4 (25.2 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Sport’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Armada’s (40.6 feet vs. 41.3 feet). The Range Rover Sport SVR’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Armada’s (40.7 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport SVR has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Armada SV (10.8 vs. 9.1 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 1.7 inches higher than on the Armada SL/Platinum (10.9 vs. 9.2 inches).

Chassis

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 800 pounds less than the Nissan Armada.

The Range Rover Sport is 1 foot, 4.8 inches shorter than the Armada, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Range Rover Sport’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Armada uses body-on-frame design instead.

Cargo Capacity

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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 Armada doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Armada SL/Platinum, 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 Armada 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 Armada’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Sport and the Armada 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 Armada prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Armada’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 Armada SV’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 Armada doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Range Rover Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Armada doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Range Rover Sport’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Armada’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 Armada 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 Armada 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 Armada 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 Armada only retains 42.82% to 44.66%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Sport is less expensive to operate than the Armada because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Sport than the Armada, including $157 less for a muffler and $649 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 Armada has never been chosen.

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