Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Toyota Sequoia VS 2016 Lexus GX460 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Toyota Sequoia

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2016 Lexus GX460

Safety Comparison

Both the Sequoia and the GX460 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, front parking sensors, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

The Toyota Sequoia weighs 531 to 870 pounds more than the Lexus GX460. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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. Lexus doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GX460.

There are over 6 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sequoia’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sequoia has a standard 180-amp alternator. The GX460’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia first among large suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The GX460 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 80 more horsepower (381 vs. 301) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 329) than the GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Sequoia is faster than the Lexus GX460:

Sequoia

GX460

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

12.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

89.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Sequoia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GX460 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sequoia has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the GX460 (26.4 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sequoia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GX460:

Sequoia

GX460

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.3 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the GX460 (275/65R18 vs. 265/60R18).

The Sequoia’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GX460’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sequoia offers optional 20-inch wheels. The GX460’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Lexus GX460 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 12.2 inches longer than on the GX460 (122 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 5.5 inches wider in the front and 6.7 inches wider in the rear than on the GX460.

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the GX460’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GX460 (9.6 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the GX460 (10 vs. 8.1 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GX460 can only carry 7.

The Sequoia has .8 inches more front legroom, 6 inches more front hip room, 11 inches more front shoulder room, 6.8 inches more rear legroom, 4.7 inches more rear hip room, 8.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 6 inches more third row legroom, 7.3 inches more third row hip room and 11.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the GX460.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sequoia’s middle and third row seats recline. The GX460’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the GX460.

Sequoia

GX460

Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

11.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

46.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

64.7 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s cargo area is larger than the GX460’s in every dimension:

Sequoia

GX460

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

18.5”/52.5”/90.5”

9.8”/39”/75”

Min Width

50”

43.4”

Height

36”

35.5”

The Sequoia’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The GX460’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Sequoia Limited/Platinum has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The GX460 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 GX460 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the front windows are left down on the Sequoia the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the front windows. The driver of the GX460 can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Sequoia Limited/Platinum has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The GX460 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sequoia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sequoia will cost $430 less than the GX460 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 GX460 only retains 49.85% to 52.31%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the GX460 because it costs $189 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the GX460, including $76 less for a water pump, $190 less for an alternator, $25 less for a starter, $72 less for fuel injection, $58 less for a timing belt/chain and $219 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 $1209 to $4085 less than for the Lexus GX460.

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