2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Ford Expedition Max

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 Ford Expedition Max doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Sequoia and the Expedition Max have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available four-wheel drive.

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. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Expedition Max.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia second among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Expedition Max was rated third.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 6 more horsepower (381 vs. 375) than the Expedition Max’s standard 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Sequoia is faster than the Ford Expedition Max (base engine):

Sequoia

Expedition Max

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Drivetrain

The Sequoia has Active-TRAC, a true four-wheel-drive system, which uses a four wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Sequoia moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sequoia stops shorter than the Expedition Max:

Sequoia

Expedition Max

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Expedition Max.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Expedition Max Platinum 4x4 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Expedition Max Platinum 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the Expedition Max’s (38.1 feet vs. 43.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Expedition Max (10 vs. 9.7 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Sequoia is 1 foot, 4.8 inches shorter than the Expedition Max, making the Sequoia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has .3 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear shoulder room and 1.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Expedition Max.

Towing

The Sequoia’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Expedition Max’s (7100 vs. 6000 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Sequoia’s front power windows 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 Expedition Max’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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 Expedition Max doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the Sequoia Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Expedition Max’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 costs extra on the Expedition Max.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Sequoia and the Ford Expedition Max, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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