2018 Range Rover Sport Vs. 2018 Ford Explorer



A long-standing staple in the world of SUVs the Range Rover Sport is one of the most versatile luxury vehicles on the market. Rugged enough to handle any trip into the mountains, yet luxurious enough for any gala you might attend. In recent years you might have noticed that the Ford Explorer has moved closer and closer in look to the Ranger Rover Sport, something intentionally done by Ford while they owned the Land Rover and Range Rover name. While they were able to incorporate some components of the Range Rover Sport into the Ford Explorer, we’re going to explore some of the differences that still remain.


Fuel Economy & Performance

The 2018 Range Rover Sport at the base trim level produces 340-hp from its 3.0 liter V-6 engine, when you look at the supercharged option that is available on the Range Rover Sport that horsepower jumps all the way up to 518-hp. The 2018 Ford Explorer at its peak produces 365-hp from its 3.5 liter V-6 engine, at its base trim level, the Ford Explorer only produces 280-hp. The 2018 Range Rover Sport uses an 8-speed transmission, which allows the vehicle to use more ideal shift points to maintain the vehicle’s power while also providing better fuel economy. 19 mpg (combined) for the Range Rover Sport while the Ford Explorer, using a 6-speed transmission, provides 18 mpg (combined). Coupled with the larger fuel tank provided in the Range Rover Sport, that is a difference of 228 highway miles on every tank of gas.



While both the Land Rover Discovery and the Ford Explorer can be equipped with AWD, it is an option on the 2018 Ford Explorer while it is standard on the Range Rover Sport. Not to mention the extensive history and off-road prowess that Land Rover holds, providing it as a standard option means you won’t have to pay more with the Range Rover Sport to get around in the Nebraska winters.

Check out the Range Rover Sport in action on this off-road course and even with a little track time.


Maintenance & Warranty

The 2018 Range Rover Sport comes with a 4 year/50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty as well as a 4 year/50,000 mile powertrain warranty and 4 year/50,000 mile roadside assistance. The 2018 Ford Explorer on the other hand only provides a 3 year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty to couple their powertrain and roadside assistance coverage. Maintenance with the Range Rover Sport is another area where you’ll notice a welcomed benefit, routine maintenance is only due once a year vs. the Ford Explorer where you’ll be bringing the vehicle in for routine maintenance every 4 months or so.



You’d expect, since the 2018 Range Rover Sport has better performance both on road and off-road, that there would be a hefty price to pay to be treated to such luxury. And that is where you’d be wrong. You can lease the Range Rover Sport for only $799 per month on the 39 month lease, a 2018 Ford Explorer with comparable equipment to the Range Rover Sport, would be around $839 per month and that only gets you 24 months. The 2018 Range Rover Sport; better performance, better luxury, better payment.

*Lease and purchase offers discussed were pulled from local dealer websites on 12/12/2017. Due to manufacturer programs changing, the exact lease offers discussed may not be available at this time.


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