By on November 11, 2016

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Luxurious Road TripLand Rover sells the company’s flagship luxury SUV with three different powertrains in the United States. In two states of tune, with 340 horsepower or 380 and at $85,945 and $92,945, there’s the 3.0-liter supercharged V6. Priced in between, the $87,945 Range Rover is a 3.0-liter diesel V6.

At the top of the heap sits the supercharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Range Rover, which stretches from $104,190 onward and upward.

You can likely guess which one is most popular.

This is Range Rover we’re talking about, remember. So naturally the model that attracts the largest number of buyers is the top-trim, most powerful, most expensive Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged.

The Range Rover is facing a great deal more competition these days. Bentley began selling the Bentayga in August. 505 copies of the $230,000-plus Bentley were sold in its first three months. The Range Rover certainly reaches into that territory. Before options, the long-wheelbase V8 Supercharged Autobiography is a $200,490 SUV. (There are paint jobs available that cost $14,500.)

Maserati is also selling a new luxury utility vehicle, the Levante, 979 of which were sold in the U.S. between August and October.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising to then see that overall Range Rover sales are in decline in the U.S., falling 11 percent so far this year. The Range Rover’s 32 percent decrease in October translated to 580 lost sales, year-over-year.2016 Land Rover Range Rover LWB AutobiographyWithin the Range Rover range, that diesel option seems to be stealing some of the limelight from its supercharged V6 and supercharged V8 siblings, as well. V8 Supercharged Range Rover sales have decreased by 1,277 units so far this year, for instance. Diesel-powered Range Rover sales are up by 1,608 units.

Yet the most costly Range Rover powerplant remains the most popular, earning 48 percent of all U.S. Range Rover sales in 2016: 6,081 of the 12,748 Range Rovers sold year-to-date.

Down the Land Rover ladder, the same practice isn’t followed. The Range Rover Sport’s most popular variant is the least costly ($65,495) V6 Supercharged variant, a powerplant that earns 56 percent of all Range Rover Sport sales. For the Land Rover Discovery Sport, all of which come with the same 2.0T/nine-speed auto combo, 55 percent of buyers choose the mid-grade HSE trim.

But if you’re going to spend big money, the theory goes, why not spend big money?

The Land Rover Range Rover is America’s 74th-best-selling SUV/crossover, just behind the Infiniti QX80; just ahead of the Porsche Cayenne. Brand-wide, Land Rover USA sales are up 8 percent this year, setting a pace that should crush last year’s all-time record annual performance.

Of the 59,923 Land Rovers sold so far this year, one in five have been Range Rovers. The three-pronged Range Rover family — Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque — account for more than six out of every ten Land Rover sales in America.

[Images: Land Rover]

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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18 Comments on “Surprise: The Most Popular Range Rover In America Is Not The Most Affordable Range Rover...”


  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    I think the Land Rover is the ultimate “impress your neighbors” vehicle and, unlike exotic 2-seat sports cars, it is reasonably practical. It can carry 4 people and their stuff very comfortably.

    The cost of impressing your neighbors has gone up substantially these days.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I guess people want the better car sometimes, and don’t always buy on price. This is one reason why the expensive Tesla Model S outsells all other EVs, each costing 1/2 or 1/3 as much.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Don’t these buyers know that a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder would provide perfectly adequate power?

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Pricing that if you’re going to be douche you might as well go all in.

  • avatar
    Dan R

    Just lease me the top of the line model and be done with it.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    Land Rovers sales dropped by about 20% this month. I thought that sounded a bit odd until I realised most of that drop was caused by the Discovery ending production. The replacement doesn’t turn up until early next year so until the new model appears it’s worth bearing that fact in mind.

    • 0 avatar
      Timothy Cain

      Land Rover U.S. sales were down 23% in October, but it had little to do with the LR4’s 13% YOY decrease, which was responsible for just 113 of the 1667 lost sales. Every model in the lineup was down.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    I just don’t get the appeal of a Range Rover. First and foremost, it’s hideously unreliable to the point that people who don’t know anything about cars will understand the jokes we make. It doesn’t really look like anything, and plenty of cars and SUV’s have an equally comfortable ride and can get out of a patch of grass or snow.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      The appeal is that they feel WAY more special than anything else out there previously. You feel like royalty driving one. It’s a vehicle that is 90% of an S-class in ride and handling while being 90% of a Jeep in off-road capability. I can see Shaguar, Maserati, and Bentley stealing some of this though. A Lexus SUV is no more special feeling than a Camry, for all their wonderful talents.

      I’d never pay the ask for a new one, but my 15yo one is pretty great for about $75K less than it cost new. And they are no more unreliable at 15yo than they were when new. Possibly better, as you can get better than new parts for some of the problematical bits, like relay panels and suspension air springs. Actually, I wouldn’t even call it particularly unreliable, though it certainly has its quirks.

      • 0 avatar
        Mandalorian

        It’s easy to dismiss in person, but go test drive one and come back. It’s an extraordinarily refined vehicle. If cars were only on paper then everyone would be driving Land Cruisers.

        As far as reliability goes, who knows with this new generation? They haven’t been out long enough to accurately tell.

      • 0 avatar
        S2k Chris

        “A Lexus SUV is no more special feeling than a Camry, for all their wonderful talents.”

        Which Lexus? Because the interior of the latest RX is a wonderful place to be.

  • avatar
    romanjetfighter

    Range Rovers are Veblen and positional goods. The Sport is not.


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