2019 Dodge Durango vs. 2018 Toyota Sequoia

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Durango. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Durango uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Sequoia uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Durango offers optional Uconnect 9-1-1, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Durango and the Sequoia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 2 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Durango has a standard 850-amp battery. The Sequoia only offers a 710-amp battery.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Durango V8 is faster than the Toyota Sequoia:

 

Durango

Sequoia

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

91.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Durango gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia:

 

 

Durango

Sequoia

 

2WD

5.7 V8/Auto

14 city/22 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4WD

5.7 V8/Auto

14 city/22 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Durango V6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sequoia doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Dodge Durango, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Sequoia.

Brakes and Stopping

The Durango stops much shorter than the Sequoia:

 

Durango

Sequoia

 

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Durango SXT/GT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sequoia SR5’s standard 65 series tires. The Durango’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Sequoia TRD Pro/Limited/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Durango GT 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Sequoia Platinum 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Durango R/T 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Sequoia Limited 4x4 (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

The Dodge Durango may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1050 pounds less than the Toyota Sequoia.

The Durango is 3.9 inches shorter than the Sequoia, making the Durango easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Durango’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Sequoia uses body-on-frame design instead.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Durango GT 4x4 is quieter than the Sequoia Platinum 4x4 (38 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space

The Durango has 5.1 inches more front headroom, 4.9 inches more rear headroom and 3.3 inches more third row headroom than the Sequoia.

The front step up height for the Durango is .5 inches lower than the Sequoia (20.5” vs. 21”). The Durango’s rear step up height is 1.6 inches lower than the Sequoia’s (20.6” vs. 22.2”).

Payload

The Durango has a higher standard payload capacity than the Sequoia (1380 vs. 1250 lbs.).

The Durango has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Sequoia (1460 vs. 1350 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The engine computer on the Durango automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sequoia’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the Durango and the Sequoia have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Durango is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sequoia prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

On a hot day the Durango’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sequoia can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Keyless Enter-N-Go standard on the Durango allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Durango has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Durango’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sequoia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Durango’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Durango’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Sequoia’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold winter days, the Durango’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because typical repairs cost much less on the Durango than the Sequoia, including $149 less for a water pump, $445 less for a starter, $73 less for fuel injection, $161 less for a fuel pump and $400 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango will be $6496 to $7611 less than for the Toyota Sequoia.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2018 issue and they ranked the Dodge Durango R/T 4x4 three places higher than the Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Durango second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sequoia isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Dodge Durango outsold the Toyota Sequoia by almost six to one during 2017.

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