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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Escalade are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Escalade has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the Escalade Premium/Platinum/Sport helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the Escalade and the Range Rover Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the Escalade 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 5 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escalade’s warranty.
The Escalade has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 23rd in reliability. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (420 vs. 355) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 365) than the Range Rover Sport P360’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid. The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (420 vs. 395) and 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 406) than the Range Rover Sport P400’s standard 3.0 turbo/supercharged 6-cylinder hybrid. The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 22 more horsepower (420 vs. 398) than the Range Rover Sport P400e’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid.
The Escalade’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 23 more horsepower (277 vs. 254) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 443) than the Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade V8’s fuel efficiency. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Cadillac Escalade uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Escalade has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Sport Diesel’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 22.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
A ten-speed automatic is available on the Cadillac Escalade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Range Rover Sport.
For better traction, the Escalade has larger tires than the Range Rover Sport (275/50R22 vs. 235/65R19).
The Escalade’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Sport’s standard 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade has standard 22-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Sport.
The Cadillac Escalade’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Escalade has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
All Escalades have standard full size spares so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Range Rover Sport Without it you must depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escalade’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the Range Rover Sport (120.9 inches vs. 115.1 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover Sport.
For better maneuverability, the Escalade’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Range Rover Sport’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet). The Escalade’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Range Rover Sport SVR’s (39.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).
The front grille of the Escalade (except Diesel) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Escalade offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Range Rover Sport can only carry up to 7.
The Escalade has 40.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Range Rover Sport (168.4 vs. 128).
The Escalade has 3.6 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front legroom, 4.8 inches more front shoulder room, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 5.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Sport.
The Escalade’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Sport.
Range Rover Sport
Behind Third Seat
25.5 cubic feet
7.8 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
72.9 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
27.5 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
121 cubic feet
59.5 cubic feet
The Escalade’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Sport’s (8000 vs. 7716 pounds).
The Escalade 4WD with optional equipment can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Escalade can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Range Rover Sport can’t be towed flat on the ground.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 99% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The Escalade has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Range Rover Sport.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac Escalade has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Escalade Premium/Platinum/Sport’s Adaptive Park Assist can parallel park by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Range Rover Sport’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.
The Escalade is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Sport by 37% during 2019.
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