2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2020 Mercedes GLS

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Safety

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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 Mercedes GLS doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Sequoia and the GLS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Sequoia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLS. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLS 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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GLS.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 62 points higher than the GLS.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia second among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The GLS 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 19 more horsepower (381 vs. 362) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 369) than the GLS 450’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Sequoia has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLS (26.4 vs. 23.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the GLS (275/65R18 vs. 255/50R19).

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 GLS; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the GLS.

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the GLS’ (38.1 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Passenger Space

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

The Sequoia has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 7.1 inches more front shoulder room, 7.1 inches more rear shoulder room and .7 inches more third row legroom than the GLS.

Cargo Capacity

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

Sequoia

GLS

Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

17.4 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

42.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

84.7 cubic feet

Ergonomics

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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 GLS does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sequoia has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLS only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 GLS doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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

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