2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Land Rover Discovery doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Sequoia and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available four-wheel drive.

The Toyota Sequoia weighs 814 to 1249 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Sequoia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery ends after only 4 years or 50,000 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. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Discovery.

There are over 7 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.


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 60 points higher than the Discovery.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia second among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, 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 Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 113 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.


The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 41 more horsepower (381 vs. 340) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

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



Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Sequoia has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 22.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sequoia has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 23.5 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Toyota Sequoia as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Discovery is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sequoia stops much shorter than the Discovery:



60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the Discovery (275/65R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The Sequoia has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Discovery Without the option you must 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 Discovery’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Sequoia offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Discovery doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 7 inches longer than on the Discovery (122 inches vs. 115 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery (9.6 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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

The Sequoia has 3.5 inches more front legroom, 4.7 inches more front hip room, 6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room, 6.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.8 inches more third row legroom, 8.4 inches more third row hip room and 18.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

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

Cargo Capacity

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



Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

88.3 cubic feet

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



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



Max Width



Min Width






A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Sequoia. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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


The Sequoia offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Sequoia’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Discovery does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sequoia has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Sequoia (except SR5/TRD Sport/TRD Pro) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Discovery doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Sequoia is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.


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

The Toyota Sequoia outsold the Land Rover Discovery by 13% during 2018.

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