2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Dodge Durango

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 Dodge Durango doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

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 Durango doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sequoia and the Durango 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 and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty

The Sequoia’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 60,000 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. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Sequoia has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sequoia has a 180-amp alternator. The Durango’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sequoia’s reliability 39 points higher than the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia second among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Durango 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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Dodge is ranked 21st.

Engine

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 88 more horsepower (381 vs. 293) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 86 more horsepower (381 vs. 295) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 21 more horsepower (381 vs. 360) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 390) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

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

Sequoia

Durango Dual Exhaust

Durango V8

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

86.9 MPH

93.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Sequoia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Sequoia has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Durango (26.4 vs. 24.6 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 Dodge Durango (3 to 5). This means the Sequoia produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Durango every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Toyota Sequoia as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Dodge Durango is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Sequoia

Durango V6

Durango V8

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

13 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 Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Sequoia stops much shorter than the Durango:

Sequoia

Durango

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the Durango (275/65R18 vs. 265/60R18).

The Sequoia has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Durango Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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

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 Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Durango (122 inches vs. 119.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 4 inches wider in the front and 5 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Durango GT 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Durango’s (38.1 feet vs. 41 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (9.6 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the Durango (10 vs. 8.1 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Sequoia Platinum 4x4 is quieter than the Durango GT 4x4 (71 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry up to 7.

The Sequoia has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 5.5 inches more front hip room, 7.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room, 7.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.8 inches more third row legroom, 8 inches more third row hip room and 15.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Sequoia

Durango

Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

43.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

85.1 cubic feet

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

Sequoia

Durango

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

18.5”/52.5”/90.5”

20”/50”/83”

Max Width

54.5”

49”

Min Width

50”

42.5”

Height

36”

36”

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

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

Towing

The Sequoia’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Durango’s (7100 vs. 6200 pounds).

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 Durango doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the Durango because it costs $100 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the Durango, including $198 less for a muffler, $37 less for front brake pads, $47 less for front struts and $482 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sequoia, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Dodge Durango isn't recommended.

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