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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2
Slightly smaller than the larger and more expensive Range Rover, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers the former's engine options as well as many of its luxury features. Designed to be a driver's SUV, the Range Rover Sport features a stiff suspension and big wheel-and-tire combo that, to our surprise and delight, is amazingly competent both on and off road. Permanent 4-wheel drive and a sophisticated electronic terrain management system deserve most of the credit for the Sport's off-road prowess, but you can just tell your friends it's your impressive driving skills and no one will be the wiser. If you don't mind scratches and dents on your $70,000 investment, the Range Rover Sport makes for one impressive partner to take off-road adventuring.
If you demand a luxury SUV worthy of your hard-earned status, but you also want one that isn't simply all show, Land Rover's 2013 Range Rover Sport should do the trick. Excellent on- and off-road credentials backed by a respected brand heritage will impress even the staunchest anti-SUV critic.
If you require an SUV that seats more than five, delivers fuel economy better than 18 mpg or costs less than $60,000, you'll have to look elsewhere. The Range Rover Sports resale value is not nearly as impressive as its performance.
Changes to the Land Rover Range Rover Sport for 2013 are limited to a new wheel design, five new paint colors, red Brembo brake calipers on the Supercharged trim, a wider choice of interior color combinations and a new carbon fiber veneer package.
Driving Impressions One may not believe a vehicle that's this capable in the rough could be smooth on the road, but the same suspension that soaks up ruts makes the Range Rover...Sport very compliant on the highway and around town. With the naturally-aspirated V8, the Range Rover Sport is quick for an SUV, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. With the supercharged variant, the Range Rover is even quicker, making the same trip in 5.9 seconds. Those times are even more impressive considering this vehicle weighs nearly three tons. Those who choose to put the 2013 Range Rover's off-road chops to the test won't be disappointed. You'll be amazed at this vehicle's capability and composure on just about any off-road surface, from grass to gravel, snow to sand. With the twist of a knob, the Range Rover's terrain response system can be set to take on any of these challenges. Supercharged models also have a Dynamic setting, which tailors the vehicle for on-road performance.
The available supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine produces an astounding 510 horsepower and an even more impressive 461 lb-ft of torque. Power to tow, pass and just flat-out haul is provided without hesitation.
HARMAN/KARDON PREMIUM AUDIO
With 17 speaker backed by 825 watts, what audiophile would ever want to leave the comforts of the Range Rover Sport's interior?
As befitting a vehicle wearing the Range Rover name, the 2013 Sport's cabin is sumptuous. It is as far removed from those of old-time 4x4s as the Rover's electronic terrain management system is from hubs that had to be manually locked from outside. Leather and plush materials cradle the occupants in luxurious comfort and the driver's seat offers a commanding view. Though shorter than the Range Rover by more than half a foot in length, the Range Rover Sport actually provides more legroom for both front and rear occupants while sacrificing little in rear cargo space.
No surprise here: The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport still looks like a Range Rover, meaning big and boxy, yet still beautiful in its own way. Make that bold and beautiful, with tall sides, big windows and the smallest wheels being 19 inches. This is not a vehicle for those seeking anonymity.
Standard on the 2013 Range Rover Sport HSE is a leather interior, three-position memory driver's seat with electronic lumbar support, parking aids front and back and a rear-view camera that helps the driver while maneuvering. All Range Rover Sport models also come with a 6-speed automatic transmission, push-button start/stop, ambient lighting, harman-kardon audio system, 4-corner air suspension, navigation system and LCD instrument panels in front of the driver in place of traditional analog gauges. For those desiring to test the Range Rover Sport, the SUV boasts the ability to wade streams up to 39.4 inches deep. The vehicle's belt drives, alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and starter motor are all waterproofed.
The biggest boost you can give your Range Rover Sport is under the hood in the form of a supercharger. That option costs over $15,000 and amounts to a total of 510 horsepower. Other ways to make this Range Rover your own include the Vision Assist Package that includes a surround-view camera, heated rear seats, active rear-locking differential and a premium harman-kardon audio system that pumps 825 watts through 17 speakers. At the top of the range, the Autobiography Range Rover Sport offers exclusive interior colors, a special front grille and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The 2013 Range Rover Sport retains the same powerplants introduced in 2010: A naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 or a supercharged version of the same engine. Even the base engine provides enough power to tow more than 7,700 pounds, but both require premium unleaded fuel and, with EPA highway mileage figures of 18 mpg and 17 mpg, respectively, lots of it. The transmission is a ZF 6-speed automatic with CommandShift modes of Normal, Sport and Manual.
375 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
375 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 mpg
5.0-liter supercharged V8
510 horsepower @ 6,000-6,500 rpm
461 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 mpg
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail price (MSRP) for a base 2013 Range Rover Sport HSE falls right around $61,000, including destination charge. HSE Lux models push the price closer to $66,000. Supercharged versions go for around $76,500 and top-of-the-line Autobiography versions come in at just over $87,000. That's far and away more expensive than a loaded Jeep Grand Cherokee, but well in line with the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz GL and Audi Q7. To make your best deal on the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price that shows what others typically pay in your area. While the Range Rover Sport may be priced in line with its competition, it doesn't hold its value nearly as well as the Mercedes GL, Lexus LX or Audi Q, but is on par with the Cadillac Escalade.
By JBmemphis on Thursday, April 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "solid, good looking inside and out, performance"
Cons: "Storage space could be better"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Had the car for about 3,000 miles and have done about 70% highway, 30% city. My MPG is about 19.3 average, not nearly as bad as I had expected. (You can certainly run it much harder and get much worse) So far I've had nothing but compliments. The interior is very well done, as is the outside. Ride quality and noise level is really good. I'm 6'1" and have no problems with a tall person behind me in the 2nd row seats - plenty of space. I came our of a 2011 ML350 and the Range Rover is much nicer and ride quality is 10x better"
4 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By AD on Saturday, March 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Eye Catching Vehicle; Drives Great"
Cons: "Lacking Features;Terrible Base Model;Sound System"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"A previous 2007 Range Rover Sport Supercharge owner, I went to my local dealer and they only had the SE models. While my mistake for not doing more homework, this is NOT A LUXURY SUV. While its very beautiful from the outside talk about a lack of features and a horrible sounding speaker system. No Homelink so I had to find my old garage door opener (Really a $65,000 Luxury SUV and this is not standard!!). No heated front seats, and a 250 watt 8 speaker that absolutely is junk (Meridian suppose to be all that and more. A rental car from Hertz or Avis has better sounding speakers. I will be back on the market in much sooner time and unfortunately Land Rover's decision to have a base model $65,000 SUV where it has LR2, LR4 and Evoque as lower end models has be baffled. I expected more. Don't buy the SE model. Make sure it is an HSE model which has most of the base feature a luxury vehicle should have. A complete disgrace by Land Rover. I would have spend the extra $5K to $10K easily for the HSE model and maybe the extra $20K to get the V8 or even that $30K plus to get the Autobiography. If you simply want your friends knowing you drive a Land Rover, buy the $30K LR2 until you have at least $75K to spend. I'm so disgusted with this purchase. Dumb executive decision to launch such a striped down version of the RR Sport (SE). Complete waste of money. I should have purchased a souped up Cadillac Escalade for the same price."
5 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By zerogoaler on Saturday, March 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,900overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "solid drive comfort great off road any conditions"
Cons: "terrible navigation system."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great car -- solid, maybe the best car I have ever had. Comfortable, safe, fast enough, stylish, roomy, did I say solid? Only one or two complaints --- The navigation system is the worst I have ever seen or imagined, from impossible to see from the glare screen, to terrible non-intuitive screen navigation, to poor graphics, I hope they fixed this in the new model or its another brand for me. Also, they took away the voice command that I had in my '08. Very odd and disappointing. But overall, great great car."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Ahkdan on Monday, March 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nice looking, used are reasonably priced, fast,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great SUV, has enough power to win at red light races if that's you thing. But honestly, this car can go fast but it's much more enjoyable when driving normal. Great ride, feels really refined. Doesn't feel like a heavy vehicle. Taken it on long trips and isn't tiring, and pretty reliable. Buy warranty if you can because service on these cars are expensive. Definitely one of the best looking SUVs. Interior is okay. It's nice, looks very attractive. This SUV screams you have money, many people stare and look when driving by. Everywhere you go, people compliment it. MPG could be better, even with a very light foot, I can't do better than 14 in the city. HWY is way better with a light foot in HWY I can manage 23 mpg."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Jason on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,300overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, quality of materials, safety"
Cons: "Honestly nothing. Fuel economy has been great"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my second Range Rover Sport. I previously had the 2010 Sport, which truly has been the best car I have ever owned until now. Prior to that, we had a BMW in our family. The 2014 Range Rover Sport has surpassed any of my expectations. We did try out the competition and couldn't find anything even close to the material quality and ride. Reliability has been great on both the 2010 and so far on the 2014. I am technophile and I found the navigation system and music integration phenomenal. Customer service at Land Rover Thousand Oaks, where I purchased my car was outstanding and they have picked up my car from my office for scheduled service."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By TW on Monday, January 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "solid, reliable, great in any weather"
Cons: "none...going to buy another one..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought the car new eight years ago and it has been almost completely trouble free. Solid, reliable, and fun."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful