Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport VS 2017 GMC Acadia Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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2017 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery Sport. But it costs extra on the Acadia.

The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Acadia doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Discovery Sport and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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The Discovery Sport comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Acadia’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Discovery Sport’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Acadia runs out after 100,000 miles.

Engine Comparison

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The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 47 more horsepower (240 vs. 193) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Sport gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia AWD V6 (20 city/25 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Acadia:

 

Discovery Sport

Acadia

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

12.6 inches

The Discovery Sport stops shorter than the Acadia:

 

Discovery Sport

Acadia

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Discovery Sport SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Acadia’s standard 65 series tires. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport SE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the Discovery Sport’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Acadia’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (8.3 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Sport’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the Acadia All Terrain (8.3 vs. 7.8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The Discovery Sport is 1 foot shorter than the Acadia, making the Discovery Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Discovery Sport with 5+2 Seating’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Acadia doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Acadia (except SL/SLE), the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Acadia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Discovery Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Acadia’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The Discovery Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery Sport offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Acadia doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery Sport HSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Acadia doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Acadia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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