Land rover discovery vs Lexus rx 350

Trying to figure out which of these cars to buy? We compare the Land rover discovery vs Lexus rx 350 to make an informed buying decision as to which car to buy in 2020. This comparison has been carried out on the basis of prices, engine specifications, mileage, and features of these cars.

Land rover discovery vs Lexus rx 350

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Land Rover Discovery Sport offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Lexus RX 350, with comparable head- and legroom. The Lexus RX 350 will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Convenience
With the Lexus RX 350, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Land Rover Discovery Sport, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Land Rover Discovery Sport will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Lexus RX 350. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it’s built. Both the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Lexus RX 350 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is about the same width as the Lexus RX 350. If you go with the Land Rover Discovery Sport, you’ll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus RX 350.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Lexus RX 350 are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Handling
The Land Rover Discovery Sport has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Lexus RX 350, allowing you to much more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Lexus RX 350 is clearly the choice over the Land Rover Discovery Sport for pulling heavy loads. The Land Rover Discovery Sport has a little less horsepower than the Lexus RX 350.

Utility
In terms of seating, you’ll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Lexus RX 350. You’ll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Land Rover Discovery Sport as you will in the Lexus RX 350.

Warranty
The Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus RX 350.

2019 Lexus RX Series vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lexus RX Series 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 RX Series 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The RX Series offers optional Auto Brake which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Discovery doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the RX Series 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RX Series the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the RX Series 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 RX Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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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 RX Series’ reliability 63 points higher than the Discovery.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the RX Series second among midsize premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 76 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 105 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the RX 450h gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Td6 (31 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the RX Series gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery:

  RX SeriesDiscovery 
2WD350/Auto20 city/27 hwyn/a 
4WD350/Auto19 city/26 hwy16 city/21 hwy3.0 Supercharged/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the RX Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Discovery doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Lexus RX Series at emission levels ranging from “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV). The Land Rover Discovery is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

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The RX 450h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Discovery doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The RX Series stops much shorter than the Discovery:

 RX SeriesDiscovery 
60 to 0 MPH123 feet137 feetMotor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The RX Series offers an optional 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 RX 350 handles at .79 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The RX 350 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE Luxury (27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the RX Series’ turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.8 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Lexus RX Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 550 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.

The RX Series is 3.2 inches shorter than the Discovery, making the RX Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The RX Series is 7 inches narrower than the Discovery, making the RX Series easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Lexus RX Series amounts to more than styling. The RX Series has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Discovery (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the RX Series get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The RX Series has 5.1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear hip room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the RX Series. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

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The RX Series 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.

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

The RX Series 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.

Model Availability

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The RX Series is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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we recommends the Lexus RX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Discovery isn’t recommended.

The Lexus RX Series outsold the Land Rover Discovery by almost 17 to one during 2017.

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