2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs. 2017 Ford Explorer

Land Rover Discovery Sport SE

2017 Discovery Sport

2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer

There’s no doubt that the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the epitome of luxury and performance in the compact crossover SUV segment. Between its vast interior space, off-road capabilities, and well-appointed cabin, it’s tough to beat. But for Marco Island drivers that need some reassurance, see how the latest Land Rover Discovery Sport compares to the 2017 Ford Explorer before heading to Land Rover Fort Myers to get behind the wheel.

Off-Road Capabilities

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport was built to perform both on the road and off it. While both the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Ford Explorer have terrain management systems, the former model’s is clearly more advanced. That’s because its powertrain has All Terrain Progress Control, which is a low-speed, off-road cruise control system, as well as the driver-adjustable Terrain Response system. This feature boasts four settings (general, grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts, and sand) to adapt the Land Rover Discover Sport’s steering, gear selection, braking, and more to improve performance in various driving situations. The Explorer’s setup, on the other hand, only focuses on traction, making the Land Rover Discovery Sport a more appealing option for adventurous Marco Island drivers.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Exterior

Features

On the base trim, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with much more equipment and high-tech features than the 2017 Ford Explorer. The latter has a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch dashboard display screen, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system. Meanwhile, the Land Rover model boasts these features, but builds upon them with a larger, 8-inch touchscreen interface, a 10-speaker sound system, rear parking sensors, and more. The Land Rover Discovery Sport has available onboard Wi-Fi as well, which isn’t available at all on the Explorer. So for drivers who want more features at their disposal as well as the ability to stay connected on the go, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the perfect option.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport exterior2

Fuel Economy

Despite both of these models’ power output, they achieve fairly competitive fuel economy figures. However, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport bests the 2017 Ford Explorer with its turbocharged 2.0L inline-four engine that’s mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and achieves an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city. The Explorer tops out at 19 mpg city with its turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Drive the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport at Land Rover Fort Myers

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is clearly the best pick, and it’s on sale now near Marco Island at Land Rover Fort Myers, located at 15875 S. Tamiami Trl. in Fort Myers, FL. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like more information before you get behind the wheel for a test drive!