2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Lexus GX460

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Sequoia and the GX460 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available four-wheel drive.

The Toyota Sequoia weighs 532 to 870 pounds more than the Lexus GX460. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the GX460.

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sequoia has a standard 180-amp alternator. The GX460’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia second among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The GX460 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 80 more horsepower (381 vs. 301) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 329) than the GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Sequoia is faster than the Lexus GX460:

Sequoia

GX460

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.2 sec

21.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.9 sec

7.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

89 MPH

Top Speed

115 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Sequoia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GX460 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sequoia has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the GX460 (26.4 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Sequoia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GX460:

Sequoia

GX460

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the GX460 (275/65R18 vs. 265/60R18).

The Sequoia TRD Sport/Limited/Platinum/TRD Pro’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GX460’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sequoia TRD Sport/Limited/Platinum/TRD Pro has standard 20-inch wheels. The GX460’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Sequoia has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Lexus GX460 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 12.2 inches longer than on the GX460 (122 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 5.5 inches wider in the front and 6.7 inches wider in the rear than on the GX460.

The Sequoia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the GX460’s (52% to 48%). This gives the Sequoia more stable handling and braking.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the GX460 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the GX460 (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the GX460’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GX460 (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 GX460 (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 GX460 (71 vs. 73 dB).

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GX460 can only carry 7.

The Sequoia has .8 inches more front legroom, 6 inches more front hip room, 11 inches more front shoulder room, 6.8 inches more rear legroom, 4.7 inches more rear hip room, 8.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 6 inches more third row legroom, 7.3 inches more third row hip room and 11.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the GX460.

Cargo Capacity

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the GX460.

Sequoia

GX460

Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

11.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

46.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

64.7 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s cargo area is larger than the GX460’s in almost every dimension:

Sequoia

GX460

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

18.5”/52.5”/90.5”

9.8”/39”/75”

Max Width

54.5”

54.6”

Min Width

50”

43.4”

Height

36”

35.5”

The Sequoia’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The GX460’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Sequoia Limited/Platinum/TRD Pro has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The GX460 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Payload and Towing

The Sequoia’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the GX460’s (7100 vs. 6500 pounds).

The Sequoia has a higher maximum payload capacity than the GX460 (1350 vs. 1295 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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 GX460 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Model Availability

The Sequoia is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The GX460 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the GX460 because typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the GX460, including $18 less for a water pump, $419 less for a muffler, $122 less for fuel injection and $966 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sequoia, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lexus GX460 isn't recommended.

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