2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Infiniti QX80

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 QX80 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sequoia and the QX80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras and available four-wheel drive.


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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX80.

There are almost 6 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.


To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sequoia has a standard 180-amp alternator. The QX80’s 150-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 20 points higher than the QX80.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia second among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The QX80 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Infiniti is ranked 6th.


As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Sequoia is faster than the Infiniti QX80:



Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

11 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Sequoia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX80 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sequoia stops shorter than the QX80:



60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

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 QX80’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the QX80.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the QX80 AWD (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the QX80’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX80 (9.6 vs. 9.2 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the QX80 (10 vs. 9.2 inches).


The Sequoia is 5.1 inches shorter than the QX80, making the Sequoia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has 2.9 inches more front legroom, 3.3 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear hip room, 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 6.5 inches more third row legroom, 1.6 inches more third row hip room and 5.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX80.

The front step up height for the Sequoia is 1.7 inches lower than the QX80 (21” vs. 22.7”). The Sequoia’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the QX80’s (22.2” vs. 23.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX80.



Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

16.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

95.1 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sequoia easier. The Sequoia’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 33 inches, while the QX80’s liftover is 35.8 inches.

The Sequoia’s cargo area is larger than the QX80’s in almost every dimension:



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



Max Width



Min Width






The Sequoia’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX80’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Servicing Ease

The Sequoia has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The QX80 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.


Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the QX80 because it costs $264 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the QX80, including $171 less for a muffler, $6 less for front brake pads, $21 less for fuel injection and $989 less for a power steering pump.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sequoia, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Infiniti QX80 isn't recommended.

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