2019 Nissan Armada vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Armada 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Armada are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Discovery doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Armada has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Discovery doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Armada (except SV) offers optional Backup Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Discovery doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

The Nissan Armada weighs 674 to 1221 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Armada 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. 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 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Armada’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 Armada’s reliability 39 points higher than the Discovery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 71 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 50 more horsepower (390 vs. 340) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (394 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Armada is faster than the Land Rover Discovery:

 

Armada

Discovery

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Armada has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Armada has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Armada stops much shorter than the Discovery:

 

Armada

Discovery

 

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Armada has larger standard tires than the Discovery (265/70R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The Nissan Armada’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Discovery only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Armada has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Discovery doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Armada has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Discovery Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The rear suspension of the Armada uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Discovery, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Armada has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Discovery doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Discovery (121.1 inches vs. 115 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Armada is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery.

The Armada Platinum 4x4 handles at .73 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Armada Platinum 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (28 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery (9.1 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Armada has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Discovery can only carry up to 7.

The Armada has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room, 4 inches more rear shoulder room, 6.8 inches more third row hip room and 13.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Armada’s middle and third row seats recline. The Discovery’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Armada’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery.

 

Armada

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

16.5 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

49.9 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

95.4 cubic feet

88.3 cubic feet

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Armada. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The Armada’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Discovery’s (8500 vs. 8201 pounds).

While the Discovery Td6 can only tow 7716, any Armada can tow a minimum of 8500 pounds.

Ergonomics

The Armada SL/Platinum has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Armada’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Discovery does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The Armada SL/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Discovery doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Armada is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Armada, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Discovery isn't recommended.

The Nissan Armada outsold the Land Rover Discovery by over three to one during 2018.

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