2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2020 Infiniti QX60

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 QX60 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sequoia and the QX60 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available four-wheel drive.

The Toyota Sequoia weighs 1178 to 1611 pounds more than the Infiniti QX60. 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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the QX60.

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.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sequoia has a standard 180-amp alternator. The QX60’s 150-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 QX60’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia second among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The QX60 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.

Engine

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 86 more horsepower (381 vs. 295) and 131 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 270) than the QX60’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Sequoia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX60 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sequoia has 6.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX60 (26.4 vs. 19.5 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 QX60:

Sequoia

QX60

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the QX60 (275/65R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Sequoia has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the QX60, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Sequoia has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The QX60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 QX60’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 QX60 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 7.8 inches longer than on the QX60 (122 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the QX60.

The Sequoia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the QX60’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the Sequoia more stable handling and braking.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the QX60 AWD 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 2 seconds quicker than the QX60 AWD (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the QX60’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 3.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (9.6 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is 3.5 inches higher than on the QX60 (10 vs. 6.5 inches).

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the QX60 can only carry 7.

The Sequoia has .3 inches more front legroom, 5.7 inches more front hip room, 6.1 inches more front shoulder room, 4.1 inches more rear hip room, 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 4.5 inches more third row legroom, 8.4 inches more third row hip room and 8.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.

Sequoia

QX60

Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

40.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

76.2 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s cargo area is larger than the QX60’s in almost every dimension:

Sequoia

QX60

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

18.5”/52.5”/90.5”

20.7”/45”/78.5”

Max Width

54.5”

50”

Min Width

50”

46”

Height

36”

32.2”

The Sequoia’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX60’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

The Sequoia’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the QX60’s (7100 vs. 5000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Sequoia is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the QX60. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

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 QX60 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 QX60 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because it costs $273 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the QX60, including $373 less for a muffler, $105 less for fuel injection and $1113 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Sequoia and the Infiniti QX60, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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