If you're in the market for a rugged and capable off-road SUV, the redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport is quickly proving itself worthy of a second look. Although it may have gotten lost among the 22 SUVs vying for the Motor Trend SUV of the Year, the Range Rover Sport has followed up its Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road 4x4 of the Year award with a similar honor, having just been named Four Wheeler magazine's Four Wheeler of the Year. The Land Rover beat out the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel and 2014 Cherokee Trailhawk (in addition to the updated Toyota 4Runner Trail and Dodge Durango, among others.

To qualify as a contender for Four Wheeler of the Year, a new or updated SUV must be on sale before January 15, 2014 with a planned production run of more than 1,500 and an available two-speed transfer case. The five SUVs were tested for a full week before the Range Rover Sport broke Jeep's three-year stranglehold on the award, which won with the Wrangler for the last two years and with the Grand Cherokee in 2011.
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(MAHWAH, N.J.) – December 5, 2013 – The 2014 Range Rover Sport has been crowned the '2014 Four Wheeler of the Year' by Four Wheeler magazine, marking the third time a Land Rover vehicle has won this top honor.

Now in its 41st year, this annual competition, positions the newest 4x4 SUVs against one another in a variety of tests conducted by the Four Wheeler editorial staff, awarding points for performance capability and build. To qualify for the award, the vehicle must be a new model or have significant improvements from the previous model year. The contestant must also be equipped with a transfer case with a dedicated low-range gear, have a minimum production run of 1500 units and be on sale before February 15, 2014. The complete test results and vehicle evaluations for the 2014 'Four Wheeler of the Year' competition will appear in the February 2014 issue, available on stands December 17, 2013, and online now at www.fourwheeler.com.

"It is a great achievement for the very luxurious and performance oriented Range Rover Sport to be named 'Four Wheeler of the Year,' by the country's oldest four-wheel drive enthusiast publication," said Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Land Rover North America. "To win this extreme off-road competition with the all-new Range Rover Sport highlights the work our engineers and designers have done to enhance our already-leading breadth of capability."

"Our testers appreciated the 510hp, nearly 12 inches of ground clearance, 10-11 inches of wheeltravel at each corner, and a 0-60 time of 5 seconds flat. Add a traction control system that allows the driver to make use of these impressive specifications on- and off-road, along with a plush interior with all the amenities and you have our 2014 Four Wheeler of the Year, the Range Rover Sport," said John Capa, Editor-in-Chief of Four Wheeler.

The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport is Land Rover's fastest, most responsive and agile car to ever hit the market. Its capabilities for on and off-road terrain are unlike any other car of its kind, and provides drivers with the ideal balance of sport and luxury. Based on the new Range Rover, the 2014 Range Rover Sport uses all-new aluminum unibody architecture to achieve a weight savings of approximately 800lbs and features breakthrough suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies. The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport is available in three models: SE, HSE and Supercharged and starts at $63,495*.

*Price shown is MSRP. Includes $895 destination and delivery. Excludes, tax, title, license, retailer fees and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.


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      rsholland
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well done Range Rover, but being far and away the most expensive, would you expect less? Anyone notice that the much-maligned Jeep Cherokee (3rd place overall, and just missing 2nd place by less than 1 point) out-pointed everyone in the off road section—including the RR?
      billfrombuckhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeep had quite a sales month in November surging past Kia, VW, Mazda, Subaru and GMC. Even Hyundai is now within sight. I hope all the Cherokee haters are enjoying eating their crow
      zepeda1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ability of the RR is ridiculous, but so is the price. Its almost double the JGC for a comparably sized vehicle with similar capabilities. Also when you consider it blew a tire while off road suggests that even though it is an \"off roader\" with tremendous abilities, the expectation is it willl spend its time on road, not off road.
      gr8scotny
      • 1 Year Ago
      You could own TWO well outfitted Grand Cherokees including tow packages for the price of one Range Rover! I suppose if you want to spend $35,000 more in money for a name go for it! The diesel makes the Grand Cherokee that much better and it's Made in the USA!
      Philip Kozakieiwcz
      • 1 Year Ago
      ok, the guys from MT keep losing credibility, their euro centric bias is getting too obvious, it is even beyond the point of their usual ridiculousness. i hope they get a decent boodle to justify their reoccurring baloney.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz
        The same Motor Trend that keeps praising the new Corvette and CTS, really?
        Aurio Salimonne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz
        They did make fun of Japanese cars on the 70's and 80's too,the new Motor Trend is not my cup of tea,but this SUV is the best and the dealer never let you down either,I drive Jeep too but the dealer is something else,also got VW and Audi and they do take care.
        Corey Baines
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz
        What are you talking about? The Subaru won the SUV of the year for Motor Trend, the car of the year is the Cadillac CTS.
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      What about reliability?
        Ian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Law
        How about you wake up to the current reality
      Tstag
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Jeep is great off-road. But consider just what Land Rover gave achieved. The RR Sport is luxurious in a way that no other car maker in this sector gas ever achieved. It's excellent off road and pretty dam. Good on road. Jeep don't get anywhere near in making such a great all rounder. Indeed you could argue this car is close to being the perfect vehicle for any occasion. The thing about Land Rover is that they make the worlds best off-roader in the Defender and are always rated highly in all sectors of the market. Land Rover are adding lots more models to meet demand. They are seemingly unstoppable.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tstag
        I didn't realize they had such brainwashed fanboys.
        leo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tstag
        really.. look at that dash and center stack. they look worse than anything in it's class.. just plan ugly and boring.
      i.own.your.ass
      • 1 Year Ago
      more reliable than Jeep anyways
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for JLR! I'm proud of their achievement of just how accomplished the new RR is.
      Tstag
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's funny people in the US criticise JLR products for reliability. But the reason Brits don't go near Jeeps is because bits tend to fall off the dashboard. Things are looking up now Fiat are telling Jeep how to make better interiors but seriously has anyone ever had to use a Compass? Jees they are awful all that plastic trim which falls off when you try and go offroad. At least JLR products aren't flimsy.
      mylz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not a fan of either brand. But Land Rovers are a joke. They have so many issues and are always in the shop. I will still never forget when I was at a country club listening the rich guys joke about how his his Land Rover was always in the shop and he drove his sons Chevy more often. Jeeps are way more reliable than Land Rovers. Land Rover has yet to impress me. I am glad they have moved more towards light offroading with the evoque because none of these vehicles really go anywhere but the mall anyways. But they are still using Ford engines which are rather unimpressive. The Range Rover has been a major improvement from the past ones but that is not saying much
        Clipper44
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylz
        lol you're not a fan of either Jeep or RR. I bet you hate universally acclaimed movies too.
      tbird57w
      • 1 Year Ago
      since having ranked at the bottom for so long in just about everything but price, this must give it a temporary lift. BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Cadillac have cut deep into their SUV market for less and better. i'm sure range rover feels slighted to ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Jeep vehicle! don't people know "who we are?" well, actually they do, and that's been the problem.
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