2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Toyota Sequoia

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Sequoia have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Sequoia’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Full-time four-wheel drive is standard on the Discovery. 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. Four-wheel drive of any type costs extra on the Sequoia.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Discovery’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Sequoia doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Discovery offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sequoia only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Discovery 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 that has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Discovery has standard InControl that uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in 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 Discovery and the Sequoia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The Discovery comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty that covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Sequoia’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Discovery’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Sequoia’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 401) than the Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Toyota Sequoia:

Discovery

Sequoia

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

11.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia 4WD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 13 city/17 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery supercharged V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia 4x4 (16 city/21 hwy vs. 13 city/17 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery’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

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

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Discovery P340’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Sequoia:

Discovery P340

Sequoia

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

13.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Sequoia:

Discovery

Sequoia

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sequoia (285/40R22 vs. 275/65R18).

The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sequoia TRD Sport/Limited/Platinum/TRD Pro’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Sequoia SR5. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Sequoia TRD Sport/Limited/Platinum/TRD Pro.

Suspension and Handling

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The Discovery HSE Luxury executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sequoia Limited 4x4 (28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sequoia (11.1 vs. 10 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Rover Discovery may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1100 pounds less than the Toyota Sequoia.

The Discovery is 10 inches shorter than the Sequoia, making the Discovery easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Discovery’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.

The front grille of the Discovery uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sequoia doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has 4.6 inches more front headroom, 4.1 inches more rear headroom and 3.4 inches more third row headroom than the Sequoia.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Sequoia doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery has a standard third row seat that folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sequoia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Discovery’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Sequoia doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sequoia’s (8201 vs. 7100 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Discovery 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.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Sequoia (except SR5/TRD Sport/TRD Pro), the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Discovery’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sequoia’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery and the Sequoia have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Discovery 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.

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

If the windows are left open on the Discovery the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. The driver of the Sequoia can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Discovery 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 Discovery’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Sequoia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Discovery to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Sequoia doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Sequoia’s headlights that were rated “Good.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Sequoia doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Discovery’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Sequoia’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Discovery offers optional heated front, second and third row seats that keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Toyota doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the Sequoia.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Sequoia doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

On extremely cold winter days, the Discovery’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.

The Discovery’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sequoia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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