2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV

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 Escalade ESV doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sequoia and the Escalade ESV 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, 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. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Escalade ESV.

There are over 36 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Sequoia has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade ESV.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sequoia has a standard 180-amp alternator. The Escalade ESV’s 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sequoia has a standard 710-amp battery. The Escalade ESV’s 660-amp battery 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 32 points higher than the Escalade ESV.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Sequoia

Escalade ESV

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13 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 Cadillac Escalade ESV has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Escalade ESV 4WD pulls only .76 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 Escalade ESV 4WD (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Escalade ESV’s (38.1 feet vs. 43 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade ESV (9.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is 2 inches higher than on the Escalade ESV (10 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis

The Sequoia is 1 foot, 7.2 inches shorter than the Escalade ESV, making the Sequoia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has 1.6 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room, .8 inches more third row legroom, 1.1 inches more third row hip room and 3.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Escalade ESV.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

If the front windows are left open on the Sequoia the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Escalade ESV can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Escalade ESV doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the Escalade ESV because it costs $464 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the Escalade ESV, including $922 less for a muffler, $31 less for front brake pads, $58 less for fuel injection, $430 less for front struts and $1247 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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