The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport’s Total Car Score is among the lowest in its segment.
The Range Rover Sport received a mild facelift and two new powerful engines last year, changes that have gone over well with reviewers, despite their thirsty nature.
"An impressive lack of body roll," says one review while assessing the vehicle's Dynamic Response and adaptive suspension systems. By virtue of coming from a company whose reputation has been forged far from paved roads, full-time four-wheel drive joins a low/high transfer case, hill descent and ascent controls, plus a multi-mode setup that gives the Range Rover Sport traction over many and varied surfaces.
The Range Rover marque indicates a higher level of luxury than a base Land Rover; reviews note the "plush, quiet and smooth" cabin. Although some controls are considered confusing. Other gripes center around the high price of entry and Land Rover’s reputation for poor reliability.
Changes for 2011 involve mainly equipment upgrades and a new Vision Assist package that adds adaptive headlights, automatic high beams and a Surround Camera System. There's also a specced-up Sport GT Limited Edition.
The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport midsize luxury SUV is offered in two models, HSE and Supercharged.
A 5.0-liter V8 motivates the HSE with 375 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque. The Supercharged model gets a supercharged version of the same engine making 510 hp and 461 lb-ft. The sole transmission is a six-speed automatic.
The standard all-wheel drive system comes with low-range gearing and Land Rover's Terrain Response System, which adjusts several vehicle systems to help get through any type of terrain.
The HSE features luxury amenities like leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, bi-xenon headlamps, a navigation system, Bluetooth, rear-view camera, 19-inch alloy wheels and an adjustable, load-leveling air suspension.
The Supercharged model adds heated seats front and rear, larger brakes, satellite and HD radio, 20-inch wheels and Land Rover’s Adaptive Dynamic Response suspension.
An Autobiography package comes with a locking rear differential, unique body kit, 20-inch wheels, 13-speaker Harmon/Kardon sound system, black lacquer interior trim and Alcantara (faux suede) seat inserts.
Standard safety equipment includes full-length curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Supercharged models also get upgraded brakes. Blind spot monitoring is optional.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE are 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined. The Supercharged model achieves 12/17/14 mpg.
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