North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Land Rover Near Chatsworth, GA

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2018 Ford Explorer

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2017 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer 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 middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Discovery doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Explorer and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Explorer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 18 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Discovery doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer Sport/Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 25 more horsepower (365 vs. 340) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Explorer Sport/Platinum 4WD 3.5 Twin Turbo V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Supercharged V6 (16 city/22 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Explorer uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Explorer Sport/Platinum for maximum performance). The Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Discovery doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Discovery (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The Explorer Base/XLT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Explorer Base/XLT/Limited’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.9 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Explorer Sport’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (40 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Explorer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 3.9 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room, 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room and 3.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

77.3 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the Discovery’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Explorer. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Explorer offers a 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Discovery doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Explorer has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Explorer owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Explorer will cost $1485 to $5030 less than the Discovery over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Explorer will be $17525 to $23783 less than for the Land Rover Discovery.

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