2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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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 Dodge Durango doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Durango 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 Durango’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 Durango.

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

The Discovery offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 Durango doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Discovery and the Durango 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Durango’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Discovery’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Durango’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

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 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 47 more horsepower (340 vs. 293) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 45 more horsepower (340 vs. 295) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 53 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 390) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Dodge Durango:

Discovery

Durango Dual Exhaust

Durango V8

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

86.9 MPH

93.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 V6 (295 HP) 4WD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery supercharged V6 gets better city fuel mileage than the Durango 4x4 V8 (16 city vs. 14 city).

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.) Dodge only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Durango V6.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Durango V6

Durango V8

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

13 inches

13.8 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 standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Durango:

Discovery

Durango

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Durango (285/40R22 vs. 265/60R18).

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 Durango’s optional 50 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Discovery has standard front and rear stabilizer bars that help keep the Discovery flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Durango.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (8.7 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 3 inches higher than on the Durango (11.1 vs. 8.1 inches).

Chassis

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The Discovery is 6.1 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Discovery easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Durango doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has .8 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear hip room, 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room and .1 inches more third row headroom than the Durango.

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 Durango doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery

Durango

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

43.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

85.1 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 Durango 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 Durango 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 Durango 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 Durango’s (8201 vs. 6200 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Durango (except SXT), 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 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 Durango 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 Durango’s parking brake has to released manually.

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 Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Durango’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 Durango 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 Durango 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 Durango 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. Dodge doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the Durango.

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 Durango 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 Durango doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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