2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Nissan Armada

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Armada doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sequoia and the Armada have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

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. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Armada.

There are over 13 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it 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 Armada’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 21 points higher than the Armada.

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

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 Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Sequoia is faster than the Nissan Armada:

Sequoia

Armada

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.9 sec

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 Nissan Armada (3). This means the Sequoia produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Armada every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sequoia stops shorter than the Armada:

Sequoia

Armada

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the Armada (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R18).

The Sequoia SR5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires. The Sequoia TRD Sport/Limited/Platinum/TRD Pro’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Armada SL/Platinum’s 60 series tires.

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 Armada’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 Armada.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Armada Platinum 4x4 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 1.1 seconds quicker than the Armada Platinum 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

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

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Armada SV (9.6 vs. 9.1 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 Armada SL/Platinum (10 vs. 9.2 inches).

Chassis

The Sequoia is 3.8 inches shorter than the Armada, making the Sequoia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has .6 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, 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 6.9 inches more third row legroom, 1.6 inches more third row hip room and 5.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Armada.

The front step up height for the Sequoia is 1.3 inches lower than the Armada (21” vs. 22.3”). The Sequoia’s rear step up height is .5 inches lower than the Armada’s (22.2” vs. 22.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Sequoia

Armada

Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

16.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

49.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

95.4 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Armada’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 Armada doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

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 Armada doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Sequoia detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Armada doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Sequoia’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Armada SL/Platinum.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the Armada 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 Armada, including $289 less for a muffler and $552 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Sequoia and the Nissan Armada, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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