2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda CR-V are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the CR-V and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Honda dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 49 points higher than the Discovery Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V LX is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport (base engine):

 

CR-V

Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Discovery Sport

 

AWD

P250 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/25 hwy

 

 

P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops shorter than the Discovery Sport:

 

CR-V

Discovery Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the CR-V’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.3 feet).

Chassis

The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The CR-V is 8.5 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the CR-V easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has .5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34.6 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with all its rear seats folded (75.8 vs. 62.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The CR-V is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Discovery Sport

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Discovery Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Discovery Sport has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over 32 to one during the 2018 model year.

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