Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2015 Dodge Durango Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2015 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

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 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.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Durango doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

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, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

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 Comparison

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

Horsepower

Torque

Range Rover Sport 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography 5.0 V8

510 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

290 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Rallye 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Sport V6 is faster than the Dodge Durango V6:

Range Rover Sport

Durango

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.5 MPH

86.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango 4x4 V8 (17 city/23 hwy vs. 14 city/22 hwy).

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.

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 Durango doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Sport has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Durango (27.7 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Range Rover Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Durango:

Range Rover Sport V6

Range Rover Sport V8

Durango V6

Durango V8

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 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

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Durango SXT/Limited’s standard 60 series tires. The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile 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/Limited. The Range Rover Sport’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Durango.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 5.0 Supercharged 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 available 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 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged handles at .86 G’s, while the Durango Limited pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Sport Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the Durango Limited 4x4 (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 2.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (11 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Range Rover Sport is 10.2 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Durango, 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’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Durango, and is not available on all models.

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.

If the windows are left down on the Range Rover Sport the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Durango can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Smart Key standard on the Range Rover Sport allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Range Rover Sport offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Durango doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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.

Standard InControl Apps for the Range Rover Sport allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Durango doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Range Rover Sport, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Durango.

The Range Rover Sport’s optional Advanced 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 Comparison

The Range Rover Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Range Rover Sport will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Durango.

Range Rover Sport

Durango

Five Year

40%

34% to 36%

Three Year

64%

49% to 53%

Recommendations Comparison

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Dodge Durango only won one award.

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