2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Acura MDX

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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 Acura MDX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and MDX 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 MDX’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 MDX.

The Discovery’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The MDX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Discovery and the MDX 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 50 more horsepower (340 vs. 290) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 267) than the MDX’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 19 more horsepower (340 vs. 321) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 289) than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 176 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 267) than the MDX’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 154 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 289) than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Acura MDX V6:

Discovery

MDX

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX Sport Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.4 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

MDX

MDX Sport Hybrid

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

13 inches

13 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 MDX are solid, not vented.

The Discovery stops shorter than the MDX:

Discovery

MDX

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

121 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 MDX (285/40R22 vs. 265/45R20).

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 MDX A-Spec’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the MDX. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the MDX.

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 MDX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the MDX (115 inches vs. 111 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (8.7 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 3.8 inches higher than on the MDX (11.1 vs. 7.3 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 MDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, .4 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.3 inches more third row headroom, 5.4 inches more third row legroom and 1.4 inches more third row hip room than the MDX.

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 MDX doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery has a standard third row seat that folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The MDX 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 MDX 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 MDX 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 MDX’s (8201 vs. 3500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the MDX, 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 power windows standard on both the Discovery and the MDX 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 MDX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 MDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 MDX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MDX’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

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 MDX 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 MDX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

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 MDX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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 MDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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The Discovery will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Discovery will retain 47.79% to 49.86% of its original price after five years, while the MDX only retains 40.03% to 44.9%.

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