2019 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 BMW X7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Sequoia and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available four-wheel drive.


Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Sequoia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.


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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.


The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 46 more horsepower (381 vs. 335) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 330) than the X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Sequoia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sequoia has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the X7 (26.4 vs. 21.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

The Sequoia has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X7, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than on the X7.

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the X7’s (38.1 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (9.6 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is 1.3 inches higher than on the X7 (10 vs. 8.7 inches).

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the X7 can only carry 7.

The Sequoia has 2.7 inches more front legroom, 6.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 7.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 2 inches more third row legroom and 17.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

Cargo Capacity

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the X7.




Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

48.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

90.4 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 X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.


The Sequoia has a higher standard payload capacity than the X7 (1250 vs. 1202 lbs.).

The Sequoia has a higher maximum payload capacity than the X7 (1350 vs. 1202 lbs.).


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 X7 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Sequoia (except SR5/TRD Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Sequoia is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.


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

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