2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Ford Expedition Max

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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 Ford Expedition Max doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max’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 Expedition Max.

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 Expedition Max uses a body-on-frame design that has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Discovery and the Expedition Max 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning 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 Expedition Max’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 Expedition Max’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Expedition Max Platinum:

Discovery

Expedition Max

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

11.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

88.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Expedition Max 4WD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

Drivetrain

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The Discovery has a true four-wheel drive system that uses a four wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Discovery moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Discovery P340’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Expedition Max:

Discovery P340

Expedition Max

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.2 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Expedition Max:

Discovery

Expedition Max

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Expedition Max’s optional 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 Expedition Max.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Discovery’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Expedition Max’s (40.6 feet vs. 43.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Expedition Max (11.1 vs. 9.7 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Rover Discovery may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 900 pounds less than the Ford Expedition Max.

The Discovery is 2 feet, 2.8 inches shorter than the Expedition Max, 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 Expedition Max uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

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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 Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max’s (8201 vs. 6000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Expedition Max, 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 Expedition Max doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

The Discovery has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Expedition Max’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 Expedition Max doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Expedition Max’s headlights that 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 Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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

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 Expedition Max 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 Expedition Max.

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 Expedition Max only retains 42.41% to 44.73%.

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