by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing
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.
by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer
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.