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2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for August 2018

by John Adolph, Supervising Producer

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Land Rover Discovery had a lopsided August, with 85 percent of its total miles being driven by Mike Schmidt on one long weekend. He piled in the family and started north along the California coast to Big Sur and Monterey. He then circled back through one of the newer national parks, Pinnacles, and headed south past Morro Bay. Pinnacles was the fifth national park Mike visited in the Discovery, and he says the SUV was just as comfortable a companion on the trip as some of our other long-term cars had been.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Land Rover Discovery has proven to be quite popular, but you wouldn't know it by examining July's weak-sauce accumulation of just 946 miles in isolation. The bigger picture is much brighter. Our trusty Disco has amassed a healthy 18,500 miles in the 9.5 months we've had it. July notwithstanding, it stands an excellent chance of clearing our target of 20,000 miles in 12 months at least a month ahead of schedule.

Curiously, summer travel may have got in the way. Numerous business trips and a few vacations put staffers on airplanes instead of in test vehicles, and that led to the Land Rover sitting idle for more than a week. Also, everyone has driven it a time or two by now, so it's not getting snapped up as quickly as it once did. Much of the mileage it acquired came courtesy of Brent Romans, an editor who works remotely more than 200 miles away from the mothership.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
Did you know our 2017 Land Rover Discovery has a wading depth of 35.4 inches? Or that it can traverse a side slope with a 35-degree angle? And that we used neither of these capabilities all month? OK, that last one was kind of a given, but we did live a real life with the Disco in May and for the most part it was easy living. For the most part.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Monthly Update for April 2018

by Dan Frio, Staff Writer

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
April was a workhorse month for our 2017 Land Rover Discovery. We used it for local running around as per usual, but we also got it out on the open highway for a Grand Canyon road trip where the Disco returned decent fuel economy while carrying a family of four and gear.

While the Discovery continues to impress with its capability and overall panache, the verdict is in: This navigation system has got to go.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for March 2018

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
March was a workaday month for our 2017 Land Rover Discovery. We used it mostly in local driving and commuting roles, so its mileage fell below our typical monthly target.

Editor Brent Romans had it for a spell and formed several impressions of its real-world use, ranging from the usefulness of its air suspension, odd road-noise infiltration, and disappointing infotainment interface. On the other hand, passenger room and cargo space rated highly.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
Expectation: Land Rover's website grandly displays pictures of its Discovery charging across majestic rocky terrain in search of adventure and fun.

Reality: I can personally attest to doing little more in our 2017 Discovery this month than driving to work and taking my kids to school while listening to sports talk radio sipping a Starbucks flat white. Adventure is all about where you find it, I guess.

Still, as an urban adventure vehicle, the Discovery works out well. Here's the latest report on what we love and what we don't.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
You're in luck. This 2017 Land Rover Discovery update contains bonus material. Our new Disco arrived just after October's midpoint, so we decided to save the late October impressions and roll them into November's update. You're getting six weeks for the price of four. Such a deal.

Even with that in mind, we're still surprised at the miles our new Land Rover has accumulated. The final November gas station visit occurred on the 27th of the month and the odometer was already showing 5,718 miles.

A look at the logbook shows why. One of our editors had driven the Discovery to Yosemite National Park. Another loaded it with dogs and gear and took it on a duck hunting trip. And I've piloted it to Oregon and back to see family in two parts of the state. Add in the usual commuting and that big number makes more sense.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery: Introduction

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Land Rover Discovery

What Did We Get?
The Land Rover Discovery has been a go-to choice for adventurers, or people who want to appear adventurous, for decades. The boxy vehicle has been popular everywhere from Beverly Hills to the Masai Mara, but its shape hasn't quite won everyone over.

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery received a full redesign that smoothed over some of the hard edges of its predecessors (renamed the LR3 and LR4 in the U.S.). It no longer looks like a kitchen appliance, thanks to a tapered nose and graceful body sculpting. The redesign should give it some added appeal for shoppers new to the brand, but die-hard Discovery fans shouldn't fear that it's lost any of its off-road credentials. Land Rover claims the 2017 Discovery is even more capable than before.

We intend to test that claim by driving one for a year in a variety of circumstances. From commuter duty to hard-core off-road adventures, our long-term Discovery will see a little bit of everything during its first 20,000 miles. By the end of the year, we'll have a good idea whether or not it lives up to its reputation as a tough but sophisticated SUV.

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