Off-road-focused luxury SUVs are the subject of today’s poll, with the Range Rover Sport facing off against a stalwart in the segment, Lexus’ GX 460.
The Range Rover in this tossup offers two different engines. There’s a supercharged gasoline 3.0-liter V6. It delivers a capable 340 horsepower with 332 lb-ft of twist.
For extra torque and greater fuel efficiency, drivers can opt for a turbo-diesel of the same configuration and displacement. It delivers a decent 254 ponies with an earth-shattering 443 lb-ft of twist. Both engines will accelerate this portly vehicle (it weighs around 4,800 pounds) to 60 miles an hour in the neighborhood of seven seconds.
Appropriately, an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard with both engines, as is advanced, full-time four-wheel drive. The latter includes Range Rover’s Terrain Response system, which allows the driver to alter how the vehicle reacts to different surfaces, from rocks, to sand, to ice and more.
As for the Lexus, it’s only offered with one engine, a silken gasoline V8 clocking in at 4.6-liters. That displacement provides a meager 301 horses with 329 lb-ft of torque, but don’t let those numbers fool you, this SUV has plenty of get-up-and-go.
A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the ground through a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system. This beast comes with a Torsen center differential; low-range gearing; Kenetic Dynamic Suspension, which reduces body roll without destroying ride quality; crawl control; and much more.
Outweighing the Sport, in Luxury trim this Lexus weighs a husky 5,198 pounds and is rated at just 17 miles per gallon combined. In comparison, a gasoline-powered Range Rover should average 19 MPG; the diesel will do 28.
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