2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Review
The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has a great combination of on- and off-road performance and a luxurious interior, test drivers say, but its spotty reliability and poor fuel economy keep it from the top of the class.
The Range Rover Sport has a standard V8 engine, while higher trims get a more-powerful, supercharged version of the V8. Four-wheel drive comes standard on all trims, and both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. Test drivers say the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has ample power in both engines and that the automatic transmission provides smooth, responsive shifts. For a heavy SUV, reviewers find that the Range Rover Sport handles well around town and on back roads. The Range Rover Sport gets up to an EPA-estimated 13/18 mpg city/highway with the base engine, which is less than what other V8-equipped midsize luxury SUVs, like the Infiniti FX and BMW X5, get.
The 2013 Range Rover Sport seats up to five in two rows. Automotive critics praise the cabin's upscale appearance, fit and finish and comfortable seats. They say that both front and back seats are spacious and supportive, but headroom is a bit tight up front because of the Range Rover Sport’s high seating position. Standard equipment on the base trim includes push-button start, a rearview camera and a hard disk drive navigation system. Higher trims have all of the base trim’s features and add a refrigerated center console, higher-quality leather seats and heated front and rear seats. Optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system and a 17-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system. The Range Rover Sport’s cargo space doesn’t stack up against class leaders like the Acura MDX.
- "If you're in the majority of shoppers who will rarely, if ever, venture off the highway, we would suggest taking a look at the 2013 BMW X5, Infiniti QX and 2013 Porsche Cayenne. For the weekend outdoorsman who still pines for British opulence, however, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is the rare beast that can tackle it all." -- Edmunds
- "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Land Rover's venerable Range Rover can tackle tough off-road terrain that would foil less-capable SUVs, yet it still has the cachet to warrant a front-and-center parking space at an upscale hotel." -- Cars.com
- "Any Range Rover Sport does a very good job balancing on- and off-road performance with comfort and utility, all while maintaining a mature and distinct personality." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other SUVs to Consider
If you need more seating capacity, the Audi Q7 can seat two more than the Range Rover Sport thanks to its standard third row. Reviewers like the Q7’s combination of low-end torque and excellent fuel economy with its optional turbocharged V6 diesel engine, which is rated at 19/28 mpg city/highway. The Q7 has slightly more cargo space and much higher safety scores.
The Infiniti FX is a good choice because of its sporty performance and luxurious interior. Reviewers say the FX has ample power on tap with either its V6 or V8 engine options. Also, critics like the FX’s handling, but do note it has a firm ride. The FX has a higher reliability rating and slightly better fuel economy ratings with its optional V8 than the Range Rover Sport. Keep in mind that neither the Q7 nor the FX has comparable off-road capability as the Range Rover Sport.
Details: 2013 Range Rover Sport
The five-seat Range Rover Sport comes in five trims: HSE, HSE Lux, Supercharged, Autobiography Sport and Limited Edition (Supercharged or GT). There are two V8 engines to choose from. Both engines are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, and all trims have four-wheel drive standard. The base model comes with features like a Harman Kardon stereo and power sunroof, and higher trims add upgraded materials and features. Not much has changed on the Range Rover Sport for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from model years 2007 to 2013.