Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Expedition VS 2017 Land Rover Near Buford, GA

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2017 Ford Expedition

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2017 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Ford Expedition 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.

Both the Expedition 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Ford Expedition weighs 646 to 954 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Expedition 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 Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 25 more horsepower (365 vs. 340) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition has 5.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank (28 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Expedition has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank (28 vs. 23.5 gallons).

The Expedition 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 Expedition has larger standard tires than the Discovery (275/65R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Discovery only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Expedition has a standard full size spare so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Expedition 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 Expedition offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Discovery doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the Discovery (119 inches vs. 115 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Expedition’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (39 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Discovery can only carry up to 7.

The Expedition has 4 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room, 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room, .4 inches more third row headroom, 4.2 inches more third row legroom, 8.2 inches more third row hip room and 4.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

77.3 cubic feet

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




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



Min Width



The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Discovery’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition 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.

The Expedition’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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The Discovery doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 Expedition has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Expedition 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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Expedition has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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