2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Cadillac Escalade

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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 Cadillac Escalade doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

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

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Discovery’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Escalade doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

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 Escalade doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Discovery uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Escalade uses a body-on-frame design that has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Discovery and the Escalade 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Discovery has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Cadillac Escalade:

Discovery

Escalade

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade 4WD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery supercharged V6 gets better city fuel mileage than the Escalade 4WD (16 city/21 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Escalade doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Escalade

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Escalade:

Discovery

Escalade

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 Escalade’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Discovery has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade (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 Escalade (11.1 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis

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The Land Rover Discovery may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 950 pounds less than the Cadillac Escalade.

The Discovery is 8.8 inches shorter than the Escalade, making the Discovery easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Discovery’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Escalade uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has .3 inches more rear headroom and 8.7 inches more third row legroom than the Escalade.

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 Escalade doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery’s cargo area is larger than the Escalade’s in almost every dimension:

Discovery

Escalade

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

55.6”

n/a

Height

37”

33.9”

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

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escalade’s (8201 vs. 8100 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Escalade, 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’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Escalade’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Discovery’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Escalade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to 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 Escalade can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Escalade 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 Escalade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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

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

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 Escalade only retains 37.47% to 39.58%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Land Rover Discovery will be $14927 to $18604 less than for the Cadillac Escalade.

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