2020 Land Rover Discovery vs 2020 Ford Explorer comparison

2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Ford Explorer

41.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space (Rear Seats Up)

18.2 cubic feet
Four-wheel drive

Standard Drivetrain

Rear-wheel drive
340 hp 3.0L V6 engine

Base Engine

300 hp 2.3L I-4 engine
23.5 gallons

Fuel Tank Capacity

17.9 gallons
5-7 passengers

Seating Capacity

7 passengers

Standard Upholstery


If you’ve been looking around South Brunswick for a rugged SUV that’s capable off road but has an exquisitely designed interior, then you’re in the right place. Land Rover Princeton is here to compare two perennial list-toppers in the full-sized SUV segment, but who will win: the Land Rover Discovery or the Explorer? Read our comparison to find out which of these SUVs edges past the other. Then fill out a pre-approval and get in touch with Land Rover Princeton to schedule for a test drive in Princeton.

Discovery or Explorer: Performance Options

The Land Rover Discovery comes standard with four-wheel drive and offers Mount Laurel drivers two engine options. The Ford Explorer offers front wheel drive on its base trim, meaning you’ll have to pay extra for 4WD.

Land Rover Discovery engine options:

  • 340-hp 3.0L supercharged V6 engine: 332 lb-ft of torque and 4WD
  • 254-hp 3.0L turbodiesel engine: 443 lb-ft of torque and 4WD
  • Maximum towing capacity: 8,201 pounds

Ford Explorer engine options:

  • 300-hp 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine: 310 lb-ft of torque, standard RWD, available 4WD
  • 365-hp 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine: 380 lb-ft of torque, standard 4WD
  • 400-hp 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine: 415 lb-ft of torque, standard 4WD
  • Maximum towing capacity: 5,600 pounds

When it comes to Land Rover Discovery vs. Ford Explorer performance, we also feel that the Discovery offers the better package. While the elite level trims of the Explorer best the Land Rover Discovery horsepower, the Land Rover Discovery offers better towing, standard 4WD, and higher torque.

Discovery or Explorer: Space

The Land Rover Discovery offers Hopewell drivers 5 seats with the option to upgrade to a third row, which adds 2 more seats. The Ford Explorer, on the other hand, offers 7 seats from the get-go. But when choosing between the Land Rover Discovery or Ford Explorer,
you’ll want to consider cargo space as well.

Both models feature nearly identical cargo bay dimensions, with the Explorer taking the lead. However, with the seats up, the Land Rover Discovery cargo bay is more than twice the size of the Explorer. We’re going to have to give this one to the Discovery:

  • Land Rover Discovery – 5 seats up/down: 41.2 / 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Ford Explorer – 7 seats up/down: 18.2 / 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space

Test Drive the Land Rover Discovery in Princeton

Now that you’ve read our Land Rover Discovery vs. Ford Explorer comparison, it’s time to test drive the victor. While the Ford Explorer is admirable competition, it just doesn’t have the value of the Land Rover Discovery. Flemington drivers interested and experiencing the Land Rover Discovery in person can give us a call at 833-974-1261. We look forward to showing you just what this SUV is capable of.

Be sure to check out our Land Rover Discovery vs. Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover Discovery vs. Nissan Pathfinder, and 2022 Land Rover Discovery vs. Ford Explorer comparison while you’re here!

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