2020 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2020 Land Rover Discovery

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Discovery doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Tahoe 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Chevrolet Tahoe weighs 455 to 867 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Tahoe 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 17 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Tahoe has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Discovery doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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 Tahoe’s reliability 52 points higher than the Discovery.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery isn’t in the top three in its category.

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.

Engine

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The Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8 produces 15 more horsepower (355 vs. 340) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Tahoe’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 80 more horsepower (420 vs. 340) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The Discovery doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Tahoe uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 6.2 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tahoe has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 22.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tahoe has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank (26 vs. 23.8 gallons).

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Tahoe EcoTec3 6.2 V8, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Discovery.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tahoe stops much shorter than the Discovery:

Tahoe

Discovery

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

The Chevrolet Tahoe’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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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

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The Tahoe offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Discovery’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Tahoe offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Tahoe’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Discovery doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery.

The Tahoe LT handles at .77 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tahoe LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (27.9 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tahoe’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (39 feet vs. 40.6 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Discovery can only carry up to 7.

The Tahoe has 3.4 inches more front headroom, 6.2 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front hip room, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 4.6 inches more rear hip room, 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom, 7.3 inches more third row hip room and 15.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity

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

Tahoe

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

15.3 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

51.7 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

88.3 cubic feet

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

The Tahoe’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Discovery’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Discovery is limited to 8201 pounds. The Tahoe offers up to a 8600 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Tahoe 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 Tahoe’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 Tahoe has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Tahoe Premier has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Discovery doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Tahoe 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

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tahoe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tahoe will cost $2780 to $4545 less than the Discovery over a five-year period.

The Tahoe will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tahoe will retain 50.08% to 50.55% of its original price after five years, while the Discovery only retains 47.79% to 49.86%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Tahoe will be $10266 to $11434 less than for the Land Rover Discovery.

Recommendations

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The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Land Rover Discovery by almost 12 to one during the 2019 model year.

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