Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT VS 2016 Toyota Land Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Land Rover RANGE ROVER SPORT

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2016 Toyota Land

Safety Comparison

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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 Toyota Land Cruiser doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Range Rover Sport and Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser’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.

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 Land Cruiser uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Range Rover Sport and the Land Cruiser 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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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 Land Cruiser’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 Land Cruiser’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport Supercharged/Autobiography’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 129 more horsepower (510 vs. 381) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8. The Range Rover Sport SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 169 more horsepower (550 vs. 381) and 101 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

The Range Rover Sport’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (440 vs. 401) than the Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser (22 city/29 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Sport with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser (17 city/23 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Sport’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Land Cruiser (27.7 vs. 24.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Range Rover Sport SE/HSE

Range Rover Sport HST/Supercharged/Autobiography/SVR

Land Cruiser

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

15 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

14.4 inches

13.6 inches

The Range Rover Sport stops shorter than the Land Cruiser:

Range Rover Sport

Land Cruiser

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

158 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 Land Cruiser’s standard 60 series tires. The Range Rover Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Land Cruiser’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Land Cruiser. The Range Rover Sport offers optional 22-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Land Cruiser has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The front and rear suspension of the Range Rover Sport uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Land Cruiser, which uses coil springs. 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 Land Cruiser’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Sport’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the Land Cruiser (115.1 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Sport is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Land Cruiser.

The Range Rover Sport SVR handles at .87 G’s, while the Land Cruiser 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 3.1 seconds quicker than the Land Cruiser (25.8 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Sport has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Land Cruiser (10.9 vs. 9.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1150 pounds less than the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Range Rover Sport is 3.9 inches shorter than the Land Cruiser, making the Range Rover Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Range Rover Sport’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Land Cruiser doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and 2.6 inches more rear legroom than the Land Cruiser.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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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 Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Range Rover Sport. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Range Rover Sport’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Land Cruiser’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Sport’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Range Rover Sport also has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waving your foot. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Range Rover Sport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Land Cruiser, 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 (except HST) offers an available heads-up display which 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Range Rover Sport’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Land Cruiser’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer air conditioned seats for the second row.

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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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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 64% of its original price after three years, while the Land Cruiser only retains 57%.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Toyota Land Cruiser didn't win any award.

 The Range Rover Sport is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Land Cruiser is not ranked.

The Range Rover Sport was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2014 4x4 of the Year. The Land Cruiser was 4x4 of the Year in 2008.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport outsold the Toyota Land Cruiser by over seven to one during the 2015 model year.

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