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The LX 570’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Discovery doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LX 570 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The LX 570 has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Discovery doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
Both the LX 570 and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.
The Lexus LX 570 weighs 884 to 1249 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LX 570 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 38 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the LX 570’s warranty.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the LX 570’s reliability 51 points higher than the Discovery.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 115 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 43 more horsepower (383 vs. 340) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (403 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lexus LX 570 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The LX 570 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The LX 570 has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 23.5 gallons).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Lexus LX 570 as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Discovery is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.
The LX 570 stops much shorter than the Discovery:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the LX 570 has larger standard tires than the Discovery (275/50R21 vs. 235/65R19).
The LX 570’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery’s standard 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LX 570 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Discovery.
The LX 570 has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Discovery Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The LX 570 has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Discovery’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The LX 570 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The LX 570’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Discovery doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The LX 570 handles at .78 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The LX 570 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (27.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the LX 570’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet).
For greater off-road capability the LX 570 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery (8.9 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the LX 570 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The LX 570 has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Discovery can only carry up to 7.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the LX 570’s middle and third row seats recline. The Discovery’s third row seats don’t recline.
The LX 570’s cargo area is larger than the Discovery’s in almost every dimension:
Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the LX 570. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The LX 570’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Discovery’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 100% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The LX 570 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The LX 570’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Discovery does not have an oil pressure gauge.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the LX 570 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The LX 570 has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Discovery doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The LX 570 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the LX 570 will retain 49.94% to 53.36% of its original price after five years, while the Discovery only retains 47.79% to 49.86%.
Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its February 2019 issue and they ranked the Lexus LX 570 higher than the Land Rover Discovery HSE.
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