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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Comparing Full Size Luxury SUV Options

Redesigned for 2015, the fourth-generation Escalade
 gets some minor enhancements and several new color choices for 2016.

The Range Rover Sport gets a new diesel engine option
capable of driving 658 miles on a single tank.  
The Ford Expedition gets higher scores for its ride comfort
 and more spacious third row seating than others in the segment.


Outside:
Escalade: Bold, sleek, and chromed up… lots of mojo
Range Rover Sport:  Classy yet ready to sprint with a less massive appearance than others.
Ford Expedition:  New front and rear styling modernize all variants. 

Inside:
Escalade:  Sleek and modern, quiet, generous passenger space on 1st and 2nd rows. 
Range Rover Sport:  The pinnacle of SUV luxury
Expedition:  Refreshed, modern upgrades.  One of the roomiest cargo spaces of the segment.  

Powertrain:
Escalade:  Strong V8 power with 8-speed automatic transmission, standard rear-wheel drive or 4WD option—420 hp, 460-lb-ft torque.
Range Rover Sport:   Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 improved to 380 hp for 2016.  The 3 liter V6 turbodiesel (Td6) delivers 254 hp, 440-lb-ft torque.  4WD is standard on all models.  Terrain Response traction system enhances off-road capability. 
Expedition:  The turbocharged V6 with 365 hp and 420 lb-ft torque can tow up to 9,200 pounds and makes it one of the quickest trucks in its class (0-60 in 6.5 seconds). Standard RWD; 4WD option.   
Special Features:
Escalade:  Platinum trim is the cat’s meow including massaging seats and retracting side steps with approach lighting, improved CUE (Cadillac User Experience) Infotainment interface and dual rear-seat DVD screens.
Range Rover Sport:  8.4 inches of ground clearance, rated to wade in water up to 3 feet deep.  Automatically lowers to aid entry and exit.  Hands-Free Gesture Tailgate.  InControl® Remote™ app checks fuel level, lock/unlock, and remote start from your smartphone.
Expedition:   Load-leveling rear suspension, 22-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers and a dual-screen rear seat video entertainment system and new Sync 3 infotainment system.  Extended-wheelbase (EL) variant-- 15 inches longer overall than the regular Expedition. 

Safety Standouts:
Escalade:  Center front seat airbag and automatic braking collision mitigation.  Vehicle Health Management (VHM) warns of vehicle issues via the CUE display, text or email. Driver Awareness Package includes Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert.
Range Rover Sport:  A network of four cameras positioned in both front and rear bumpers and the side mirrors crisply relays the vehicle’s surroundings to the driver for maximum safety and convenience. 
Expedition:  Comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.  Top five-star rating for overall protection.
Average Fuel Economy Rating:
Escalade:  17 MPG
Range Rover Sport:  25 MPG with Td6; 20 MPG with the gas V6-6
Expedition:  18 MPG on standard model; 17 MPG on the EL

Average Price:
Escalade:  $74K- $95K
Range Rover Sport:  $67K-$91K

Expedition:  $45K-$66K

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