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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.
Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the CR-V deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The CR-V’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Discovery Sport’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.
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 almost 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.
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 41 points higher than the Discovery Sport.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery Sport 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 Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 16th in reliability. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
On the EPA test cycle the CR-V AWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport turbo 4 cyl. (27 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/24 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.
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.
The CR-V EX-L AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Discovery Sport S pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
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).
The Honda CR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 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.
The CR-V has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 2.3 inches more rear legroom than the Discovery Sport.
The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 4.1 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 55.6 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.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Touring’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
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.
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.
Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $1145 to $3385 less than the Discovery Sport over a five-year period.
The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.67% to 50.98% of its original price after five years, while the Discovery Sport only retains 42.13% to 42.27%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $19216 to $25209 less than for the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 19 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 29 to one during 2019.
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