2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Lexus RXL

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Safety

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Both the Discovery and RXL 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 RXL’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 RXL.

Both the Discovery and the RXL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 50 more horsepower (340 vs. 290) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 263) than the RX 350L’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 32 more horsepower (340 vs. 308) than the RX 450hL’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 180 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 263) than the RX 350L’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the RX 350L 3.5 DOHC V6:

Discovery

RXL

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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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.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the RXL Hybrid.

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the RXL Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.4 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 4.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RXL’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 19.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

RXL

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the RXL:

Discovery

RXL

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

133 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 RXL (285/40R22 vs. 235/65R18).

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 RXL’s optional 55 series tires.

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

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 RXL, 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 5.2 inches longer than on the RXL (115 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RXL.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RXL (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 RXL (11.1 vs. 8.1 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 RXL doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has 2 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 6.7 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.1 inches more third row headroom, 10 inches more third row legroom and 1.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the RXL.

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 RXL doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery

RXL

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

33.4 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

70.7 cubic feet

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RXL’s (8201 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Discovery is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RXL. 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 optional at extra cost in the RXL, 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.

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 RXL doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

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 RXL 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 RXL doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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