2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Honda Pilot

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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 Honda Pilot doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Pilot 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 Pilot’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 Pilot.

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

Both the Discovery and the Pilot 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 and rearview cameras.

The Land Rover Discovery weighs 416 to 864 pounds more than the Honda Pilot. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 Pilot’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 Pilot’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 60 more horsepower (340 vs. 280) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 262) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 181 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 262) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Honda Pilot:

Discovery

Pilot

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel city mileage than the Pilot 4WD 9-spd Auto (21 city/26 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

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.) Honda only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition.

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pilot (22.4 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pilot (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 Pilot:

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Pilot

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 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 Pilot are solid, not vented.

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Pilot:

Discovery

Pilot

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

153 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 Pilot (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 Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition’s 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 Pilot LX/EX/EX-L. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition.

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 Pilot, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare that limits mileage and speed before replacement.

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 Pilot (115 inches vs. 111 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Pilot (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 Pilot (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 Pilot doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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 Pilot doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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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 Pilot doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Pilot’s (8201 vs. 3500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Discovery uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Pilot 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 Pilot. 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 Pilot EX-L/Touring/Elite/Black Edition, 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 Pilot 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 Pilot’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery and the Pilot 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 Pilot 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 Pilot’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 Pilot’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 Pilot 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 Pilot 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 Pilot doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Discovery’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite/Black Edition.

The Discovery’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Pilot’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

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

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 Pilot 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 is only available on the Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite/Black Edition.

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 Pilot doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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