Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Toyota Sequoia VS 2015 Mercedes GL-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Toyota Sequoia

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2015 Mercedes GL-Class

Safety Comparison

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 GL-Class doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

Both the Sequoia and the GL-Class 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, daytime running lights, front parking sensors, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Sequoia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GL-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GL-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Sequoia’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the GL-Class’ (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

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 GL-Class.

There are almost 4 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 Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Sequoia’s reliability will be 130% better than the GL-Class.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia first among large suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The GL-Class was rated second in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 third in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

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 GL450’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GL-Class.

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the GL-Class’ (38.1 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Toyota Sequoia amounts to more than styling. The Sequoia has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the GL-Class (.369 to .377). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sequoia get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GL-Class can only carry 7.

The Sequoia has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 7.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, 7.3 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row legroom and 15.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the GL-Class.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the GL-Class.



Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

49.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

93.8 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s cargo area is larger than the GL-Class’ in almost every dimension:



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



Min Width






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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sequoia offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The GL-Class doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 GL-Class 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 GL-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sequoia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sequoia will cost $4245 to $9680 less than the GL-Class over a five-year period.

The Sequoia will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Sequoia will retain 53.8% to 56.01% of its original price after five years, while the GL-Class only retains 39.04% to 46.15%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the GL-Class because it costs $819 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the GL-Class, including $352 less for a water pump, $485 less for an alternator, $17 less for front brake pads, $246 less for fuel injection, $209 less for front struts and $555 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Sequoia will be $20373 to $64990 less than for the Mercedes GL-Class.

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