Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 GMC YUKON VS 2012 Toyota Sequoia Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Toyota Sequoia

Safety Comparison

Full time four-wheel drive is optional on the Yukon. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.

The Yukon has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Yukon and the Sequoia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Yukon is safer than the Sequoia:





5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

32 g’s

44 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

605 / 609

847 / 884



5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

34 g’s

45 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Warranty Comparison

GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Yukon 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Sequoia. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Sequoia ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Yukon’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Sequoia’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 86 percent more GMC dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Yukon’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Yukon has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yukon second among large crossover/suvs in their 2011 Initial Quality Study. The Sequoia isn’t in the top three.

Engine Comparison

The Yukon has more powerful engines than the Sequoia:



Yukon 5.3 V8

320 HP

335 lbs.-ft.

Yukon Hybrid 6.0 V8 hybrid

332 HP

367 lbs.-ft.

Yukon Denali 6.2 V8

403 HP

417 lbs.-ft.

Sequoia 4.6 DOHC V8

310 HP

327 lbs.-ft.

Sequoia 5.7 DOHC V8

381 HP

401 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Yukon Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia:





20 city/23 hwy

14 city/20 hwy



20 city/23 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Yukon gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia:




5.3 V8/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto

6.2 V8/Auto

14 city/18 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto


5.3 V8/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

4.6 V8/Auto

6.2 V8/Auto

13 city/18 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Yukon’s fuel efficiency. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the Yukon Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Yukon Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sequoia doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Yukon stops shorter than the Sequoia:



60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Yukon’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sequoia (285/45R22 vs. 275/65R18).

The Yukon’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sequoia Limited/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Yukon offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Sequoia’s largest wheels are only 20 inches.

The GMC Yukon’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Sequoia only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Chassis Comparison

The GMC Yukon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Toyota Sequoia.

The Yukon is 3.1 inches shorter than the Sequoia, making the Yukon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Yukon has standard seating for 9 passengers; the Sequoia can only carry 8.

The Yukon has 2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more third row headroom than the Sequoia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Yukon easier. The Yukon’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.7 inches, while the Sequoia’s liftover is 33 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Yukon automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sequoia’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the Yukon and the Sequoia have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Yukon is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sequoia prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Yukon’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Sequoia’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Yukon owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Yukon with a number “8” insurance rate while the Sequoia is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the GMC Yukon will be $273 to $454 less than for the Toyota Sequoia.

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