2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Highlander doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Highlander have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Highlander’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery. But it costs extra on the Highlander.

Both the Discovery and the Highlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Discovery comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty that covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Highlander’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Discovery’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Highlander’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 155 more horsepower (340 vs. 185) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 184) than the Highlander’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 45 more horsepower (340 vs. 295) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 263) than the Highlander’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 69 more horsepower (254 vs. 185) and 259 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 184) than the Highlander’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 180 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 263) than the Highlander’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Toyota Highlander V6:

Discovery

Highlander

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Discovery’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Toyota only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Highlander LE Plus/XLE/Limited/Platinum.

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander (22.4 vs. 19.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 4.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander (23.8 vs. 19.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Discovery’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Highlander:

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Highlander

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Discovery’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Highlander are solid, not vented.

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Highlander:

Discovery

Highlander

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Highlander (285/40R22 vs. 245/60R18).

The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Highlander SE/Limited/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Highlander. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Highlander SE/Limited/Platinum.

The Discovery offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Highlander, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare that limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Discovery has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the Highlander (115 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Highlander.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Highlander (8.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 3.1 inches higher than on the Highlander (11.1 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has .6 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more third row headroom and 5.8 inches more third row legroom than the Highlander.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Highlander doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery

Highlander

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

42.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

83.7 cubic feet

The Discovery has a standard third row seat that folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Highlander doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Discovery’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Highlander doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Highlander doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Highlander’s (8201 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Discovery uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Highlander uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Discovery is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Highlander. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

The Discovery has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Highlander doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Highlander Limited/Platinum, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury’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 Highlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Discovery’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Highlander’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery and the Highlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Discovery is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Highlander prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Discovery’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Highlander’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Discovery the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. The driver of the Highlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Discovery’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Highlander’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Discovery to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Highlander doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Highlander doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Highlander doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Highlander’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Discovery has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Highlander offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Discovery offers optional heated front, second and third row seats that keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Toyota doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the Highlander.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Highlander doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Discovery has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the Highlander.

The Discovery’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Highlander doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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