The Land Rover people want the American sport/utility shopper to think of the discovery as a new vehicle, but it?s actually been around since ?90 when it was introduced to the British market. This British offering is new to America however, and it offers U.S. enthusiasts a more affordable alternative to the luxurious Range Rover County LWB. As would be expected form the premier maker of luxury utility vehicles, though, the sport/utility Discovery isn?t inexpensive. But it arrives at a time when the demand for such vehicles is high, and it comes with a list of standard equipment that helps offset pangs of sticker shock. The key to understanding the Discovery ?s appeal is its versatility. Its creature comforts, interior spaciousness and smooth highway ride qualify it as a well-appointed family sedan. Its full-time 4-wheel drive system and trail-tested suspension make it a nimble off-roader. In addition, its high tow rating means it?s a genuine trailer-hauler. The Discovery needs to be a good all-round vehicle, because it competes in a crowded segment with a number of accomplished vehicles, including the Ford Explorer - America?s best-selling sport/ute - the immensely popular Jeep Grand Cherokee and the refurbished Chevrolet Blazer/GMC Jimmy, not to mention the numerous Asian entries.