2019 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2018 Mercedes G-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Sequoia has a standard Pre-Collision System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The G-Class doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Sequoia’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The G-Class doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Sequoia’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The G-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Sequoia’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The G-Class doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Sequoia’s gas tank is mounted inside the frame rails in front of the rear axle to optimally protect the fuel tank in a collision. The Mercedes G-Class’ gas tank is mounted behind the rear axle, where it is more susceptible to rear collisions.

Both the Sequoia and the G-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Sequoia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the G-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the G-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sequoia for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the G-Class.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Sequoia 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the G 550 (13 city/17 hwy vs. 13 city/14 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Sequoia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The G-Class requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sequoia has 1 gallons more fuel capacity than the G-Class (26.4 vs. 25.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Sequoia higher (5 out of 10) than the Mercedes G-Class (3). This means the Sequoia produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G-Class every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Sequoia’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the G-Class:

 

Sequoia

G-Class

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

10.7 inches

The Sequoia’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G 550 are solid, not vented.

The Sequoia stops much shorter than the G-Class:

 

Sequoia

G-Class

 

70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

210 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Toyota Sequoia’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Mercedes G-Class’ solid front axle, which allows the Sequoia’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Sequoia has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mercedes G-Class has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Sequoia has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sequoia flat and controlled during cornering. The G-Class’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sequoia offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The G-Class doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Sequoia has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the G-Class.

The Sequoia has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The G-Class doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 9.8 inches longer than on the G-Class (122 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 8.5 inches wider in the front and 9.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the G-Class.

The Sequoia Platinum 4x4 handles at .71 G’s, while the G 65 pulls only .58 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the G 550 (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 6.5 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (38.1 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the G 63 (9.6 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The design of the Toyota Sequoia amounts to more than styling. The Sequoia has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is significantly lower than the G-Class (.54). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sequoia get better fuel mileage.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Sequoia has standard flush composite headlights. The G-Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the G-Class can only carry 5.

The Sequoia has 10.1 inches more front shoulder room and 9.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the G-Class.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sequoia’s middle and third row seats recline. The G-Class’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the G-Class.

 

Sequoia

G-Class

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

38.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

79.5 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The G-Class’ swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

The Sequoia’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The G-Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Sequoia Limited/Platinum has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The G-Class doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Towing

While the G-Class 4x4/G 65 can only tow 7000, any Sequoia can tow a minimum of 7100 pounds.

Ergonomics

The Sequoia’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G-Class does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Sequoia’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The G-Class’ power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sequoia has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the G-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Sequoia detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The G-Class doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Sequoia Limited/Platinum has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The G-Class doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sequoia has standard extendable sun visors. The G-Class doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Sequoia has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The G-Class doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Model Availability

The Sequoia is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The G-Class doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the G-Class because it costs $243 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the G-Class, including $408 less for a water pump, $478 less for a muffler, $128 less for front brake pads, $319 less for fuel injection, $222 less for front struts and $992 less for a power steering pump.

The headlight lenses on the Sequoia are made of plastic to be lighter, more resistant to damage and less expensive to replace than the glass headlight lenses on the G-Class.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sequoia, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Sequoia outsold the Mercedes G-Class by almost three to one during 2018.

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