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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 June 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
For a good portion of June, our long-term 2017 Land Rover Discovery spent time with some of our Edmunds colleagues outside of the editorial team. But while we had the keys, we took it in for a regularly scheduled maintenance appointment. The most notable thing about that visit was the price; it set us back almost $600. Ouch.

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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 January 2018

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Where Did We Drive It?
Normal is the new normal. After lengthy road trip adventures in its first couple of months, our 2017 Land Rover Discovery settled into regular commuting duties in January. Not that normal is a bad thing. Now we get to see how it handles the cyclic, everyday routine of our editorial team.

The second or third month of ownership is typically when a new car's glitz and glamour starts to wear off and owners start nitpicking things. We're no different, and we began to notice little annoyances and quirks with our Discovery last month. A gremlin also reared its ugly head. Was it just a minor glitch? We intended to find out.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

2017 Land Rover Discovery

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.

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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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