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For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Blazer 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.
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 Blazer are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Both the Blazer and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Blazer 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 17 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.
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 Blazer’s reliability 20 points higher than the Discovery Sport.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 106 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 22 more horsepower (308 vs. 286) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport (base engine):
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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Blazer uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo for maximum performance). The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (19.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (21.7 vs. 18.5 gallons).
The Blazer 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.
For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (265/45R21 vs. 245/45R20).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer RS/Premier offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Discovery Sport’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Discovery Sport only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Blazer 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 Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (112.7 inches vs. 107.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Discovery Sport.
The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .83 G’s, while the Discovery Sport HSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The front grille of the Blazer 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 Blazer 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.
The Blazer has 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.
The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 27.5 cubic feet). The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with all its rear seats folded (64.2 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 Blazer. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Blazer’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 Sport 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 Blazer has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Blazer (except L) offers an optional 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 Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Blazer is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Blazer first among midsize 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.
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