Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Toyota Sequoia VS 2016 Volvo XC90 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Toyota Sequoia

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2016 Volvo XC90

Safety Comparison

Both the Sequoia and the XC90 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

The Toyota Sequoia weighs 997 to 1707 pounds more than the Volvo XC90. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Sequoia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Sequoia’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the XC90’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sequoia first among large SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The XC90 isn’t in the top three 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 131 more horsepower (381 vs. 250) and 143 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 65 more horsepower (381 vs. 316) and 106 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Sequoia is faster than the XC90 T6:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Sequoia has 13.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sequoia has 7.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (26.4 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sequoia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC90:


XC90 T5

XC90 T6

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

13.2 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.1 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sequoia has larger tires than the XC90 (275/65R18 vs. 235/55R19).

The Sequoia has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the XC90, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Sequoia uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the XC90 (122 inches vs. 117.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XC90.

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the XC90’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The Sequoia’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the XC90’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XC90 (9.6 vs. 9.4 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the XC90 can only carry up to 7.

The Sequoia has 1.6 inches more front legroom, 6.5 inches more front hip room, 8.7 inches more front shoulder room, 3.9 inches more rear legroom, 3.4 inches more rear hip room, 9.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.4 inches more third row legroom, 5.5 inches more third row hip room and 18.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sequoia’s middle and third row seats recline. The XC90’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.



Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

42 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

85.7 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s cargo area is larger than the XC90’s in almost every dimension:



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



Min Width






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 XC90 has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature 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 XC90 can only operate 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 XC90 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sequoia has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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