2019 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Sequoia are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Hyundai Palisade doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Sequoia and the Palisade 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available four-wheel drive.

The Toyota Sequoia weighs 1343 to 1873 pounds more than the Hyundai Palisade. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Palisade.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia second among large SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Palisade isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 90 more horsepower (381 vs. 291) and 139 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 262) than the Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Sequoia has 7.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Palisade (26.4 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Sequoia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Palisade:

Sequoia

Palisade

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12 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 on the Palisade are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the Palisade (275/65R18 vs. 245/60R18).

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 Palisade, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Sequoia offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Palisade’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Palisade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 7.8 inches longer than on the Palisade (122 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Palisade.

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Palisade’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Palisade (9.6 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is 2.1 inches higher than on the Palisade (10 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has 4.4 inches more front hip room, 5.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear hip room, 4.8 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.9 inches more third row legroom, 6.7 inches more third row hip room and 10.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Palisade.

Cargo Capacity

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

Sequoia

Palisade

Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

45.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

86.4 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s cargo area is larger than the Palisade’s in almost every dimension:

Sequoia

Palisade

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

18.5”/52.5”/90.5”

20.8”/49”/82.5”

Max Width

54.5”

53.7”

Min Width

50”

43.4”

Height

36”

30.5”

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

Towing

The Sequoia’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Palisade’s (7100 vs. 5000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Sequoia is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Palisade. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Sequoia has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Palisade doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Sequoia Limited/Platinum has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Palisade offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Sequoia has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Palisade SEL/Limited.

Recommendations

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

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