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Lexus vs Range Rover: A Battle of Performance and Luxury
As a mechanic and proud owner of multiple Range Rover models, I have to admit that choosing between a Lexus and a Range Rover can be tough. With each brand offering top-notch convenience, safety, and luxury, picking the right SUV can be tricky. But if you’re looking for a performance-driven SUV with a reputation for luxury, then the choice is clear: you want a Range Rover. (Just kidding, don’t @ me.)
In this article, I’ll explore the differences between Lexus and Range Rover brands. I’ll break down their head-to-head comparisons, from cargo volume to fuel economy. I’ll also share my personal experiences with each brand and highlight some of the trends that I’ve noticed in the industry.
Comparing the Brands: Lexus and Range Rover
Performance and Luxury
When it comes to performance, Range Rover remains the leader. Each Rover model comes equipped with a powerful engine, whether it’s the 3.0L V6 or the 5.0L V8. The V8 has the power to reach 0-60 in under 6 seconds. However, Lexus’ top-of-the-line SUV, the LX, is no slouch. The base model comes with a 5.7L V8 that can get up to 383 horsepower.
Where the Range Rover truly shines, though, is in its luxurious design. With understated elegance and exceptional build quality, Range Rover vehicles represent some of the most expensive cars on the market today. Lexus may make similarly built cars, but it doesn’t have the same level of prestige as Land Rover.
Cargo Volume and Seating Capacity
When you’re hauling around kids, groceries, and suitcases, cargo space is important. The Lexus LX boasts a spacious 53.5 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded. The Range Rover HSE, however, falls a bit short with only 31.8 cubic feet of cargo space. For seating, the Lexus LX is more accommodating, with seating for up to eight passengers. In comparison, the Range Rover can only seat up to seven passengers.
Safety and Convenience
The Lexus LX is loaded with convenience and safety features. From the 12.3-inch multimedia display to the available head-up display, this SUV seeks to make your drive as easy and comfortable as possible. The LX also comes with a suite of driver-assist features, including collision detection and cruise control. The Range Rover HSE compares with its standard safety features, like airbags and stability control. It comes with a rearview camera and parking sensors, but its driver-assist features are only optional.
When it comes to fuel economy, the Lexus LX is the clear winner. The LX gets an EPA-estimated 15 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway. The Range Rover HSE falls short with an EPA-estimated 16 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway. However, one should keep in mind that the Range Rover HSE has a larger fuel tank, which allows for longer road trips than the LX.
My Experience with Lexus and Range Rover
As a mechanic who has worked on many luxury SUVs, I have to say that Range Rovers are some of my all-time favorite vehicles. These SUVs are impressively powerful, and the attention to design and engineering is clear in every detail. I’ve also spent a lot of time working on Lexus SUVs, and I must say they are also well built and reliable.
Recently, I had a friend who was considering a Lexus LX or a Range Rover HSE. I had the pleasure of test-driving both SUVs with him. He ultimately chose the Range Rover HSE because of its performance and style. We also found that the Range Rover HSE did better off-road and provided a more comfortable ride, thanks to its superior suspension system.
Trendsetters in the Industry
As two of the biggest competitors in luxury SUVs, Lexus and Range Rover are always looked at for new trends in the industry. With the growing popularity of SUVs, both brands are making strides in blending performance and luxury. However, Lexus may be falling short when it comes to design. The Lexus LX comes off clunkier and less sleek compared to the sophisticated look of the Range Rover HSE. Lexus may consider following in the footsteps of Range Rover when it comes to design choices.
Another trendsetter is Mercedes. Its G-Class SUV could beat out the Range Rover when it comes to luxury presence and reputation. Mercedes, Lexus, and Range Rover are the top three luxury SUVs. Cadillac also tries to imitate these top brands, but they fall short compared to the standard set by these top vehicles.
Lexus vs Range Rover: Which to Consider?
At the end of the day, the choice between a Lexus and a Range Rover really boils down to personal preference. If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient luxury SUV with loads of safety features, Lexus might be the way to go. However, if you’re after an SUV with exceptional off-road capability, superior performance, and an unparalleled luxurious design, then look no further than a Range Rover.
Whether you decide to follow in the footsteps of many Range Rover owners or choose to fall short of the trendsetters’ standards, make sure to evaluate your own needs and desires before making a final decision.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023