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2012 Range Rover Sport: A perfect balance of velvet and steel

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The thing that makes the Range Rover Sport so attractive to Denver luxury buyers is its ability to do a number of things really well. The Sport not only provides luxury transportation, but it also will go anywhere the Denver owner will need to go. The Range Rover Sport does both exceptionally well, and better than just about anything else out there.

Ride quality in the Sport is excellent thanks to the four corner electronic air suspension. The automatic load leveling keeps the heavy SUV stable in any driving situation especially when entering a corner at high speed. The ZF six-speed automatic transmission shifts very quickly and smoothly, up or down, with Normal, Sport and Manual modes.

The Sport's air suspension and traction control can only be truly appreciated when the Sport is taken off the pavement and onto the trail. We took the Sport up a trail above 10,000 feet near Breckenridge to test it out. The Terrain Response system found traction in any situation, including climbing up steep bare rock and wet snow covered trails. If you get stuck, its probably the fault of the driver.

The Hill Descent Control worked flawlessly on steep downhill rocky paths. And the Gradient Acceleration Control kicks in to keep the SUV from going too fast, when Hill Descent Control isn't set. Hill Start Assist worked perfectly to keep from sliding back when we went from the brake pedal to the gas.

Most luxury owners won't be using the Range Rover Sport to carve their way through rock strewn trails and snow fields above 10,000 ft. Most buyers are more interested in a plush, quiet cabin, and safety for the family, something this Range Rover Sport delivers.

The 2011 Range Rover Sport has a perfect balance of mountain climbing abilities and luxury amenities to now compete with the Porsche Cayenne's and BMW X5 M's of the world.

In the end, there isn't much not to like about the 2012 Range Rover Sport. Besides, the $60,000 price tag and mid teens fuel-economy, the Sport delivers with luxurious appointments and vastly improved performance while honoring a 60-year tradition of off-road capability. Add in its masculine good looks and you can't help but fall in love with the Range Rover Sport.

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