2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for December 2017
by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician
Where Did We Drive It?
Happy New Year, everyone! By the time you read this, the holidays will have come and gone, and we sincerely hope you had a great time with your loved ones. In our vehicle introduction, we promised to take our long-term 2017 Land Rover Discovery through a variety of circumstances that would test its reputation as both a tough and sophisticated SUV. What better time to test the Discovery than during the festive month of December?
Between family get-togethers, holiday shopping and excursions up north, we had a blast taking the Discovery through the paces. Yosemite is a popular destination and the tempting, powdery conditions at Mammoth Mountain in California called for a family outing for one of our editors. Let's see how the Discovery fared.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
In December, we traveled more than 1,500 miles in the Discovery. The tail end of the Yosemite trip resulted in 13.1 mpg, the worst of the month. But aside from that one fill-up early in the month, we hovered just under 16 mpg. The Discovery was a little more optimistic about its performance, the onboard meter claiming it had returned around 18 mpg. We've learned not to take these computers at face value.
Average lifetime mpg: 17.3
EPA mpg rating: 18 combined (16 city/21 highway)
Best fill mpg: 21.3
Best range: 449.9 miles
Current odometer: 7,957 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
Nothing yet, but oh so close.
"I've always viewed the Discovery to be this legendary off-road entity, almost mythical. I also know its reputation for being extremely comfortable. A lot of enthusiasts buy older Discoveries for overlanding these days. Having driven ours, I can see the appeal and can imagine going on an overlanding trip in ours. Camping in the lap of luxury? Sign me up. With a shower facility close by? Yeah." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician
"Rain, sleet or snow, our Discovery trudges on undeterred." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres
"As the sky darkened and Highway 41 into Yosemite began winding, an oncoming motorist rounded the bend ahead of me. As if with malicious intent, the auto high beams illuminated, sending a blinding charge of light through his windshield midturn. Insert expletive here. I fumbled through steering wheel menus to disable the feature while the lights continued spraying the innocent.
"Our Pacifica had a toggle on the stalk to disable its auto-highs on the fly. While there is literature to suggest the Land Rover does, too, I've found no such option. Once neutralized, the highs did a fine job supplying the added light needed to get us into the park safely. Adaptive headlights would have helped even more." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"It's crazy how much stuff I was able to stick in the back: two rollaways, a huge duffle full of ski clothes, an ice chest and large box of food." — Kelly Hellwig, manager, content production