The two vehicles share an uncanny similarity in looks, right down to the thick C-pillar, rear spoiler, and headlight shape. Their silhouettes are nearly identical. Pricing on the two SUVs isn’t very far apart either: base prices for the Ford range between $31,000 for the base and nearly $53,000 for the Platinum trim, and the Range Rover runs from $34,400 for the base SE trim to just under $46,000 for the HSE LUX.
The Ford has a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder that makes 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is available. The Land Rover has a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder along with a nine-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. And get this: it’s an engine built by Ford.
These two vehicles might seem like they’d compete fiercely for sales, but under the skin they are vastly different animals. One is the rig to use if the highway leads to your destination, while the other is the one to use if the highway is just a speed bump to cross on your way to grander adventures.
The Land Rover, as you might expect, is a serious off-road machine, a fact concealed by its road-worthy good looks. The Explorer, on the other hand, is a car-based crossover that can only handle limited off-road runs. It comes standard with front-wheel drive, though AWD is available.
The Land Rover is about 180 inches long, compared with the Explorer’s nearly 200 inches. That puts the Explorer and Discovery Sport in different classes. The Discovery Sport is a compact luxury SUV while the Explorer is a midsize crossover. That means the Ford is the one you want as a family car. It has 3 rows of usable seating, while the Land Rover offers a third row that’s barely suitable for small children on short trips.
While the Explorer and Discovery Sport look almost exactly alike in photos, put them next to each other and the Ford will dwarf the smaller Land Rover. If you’re looking for a family hauler that’ll get you to the kids’ lacrosse games, check out the Ford. The Land Rover, on the other hand, is perfect for small families with a sense of adventure that sprawls into the uncharted wilderness.
The Ford Explorer and Land Rover Discovery Sport may look a lot alike, but they are vastly different. Which one do you prefer?