North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Expedition VS 2018 Toyota Sequoia Near Ellijay, GA

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2018 Ford Expedition

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2018 Toyota Sequoia

Safety Comparison

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Expedition. 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Expedition 4x4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Sequoia doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Expedition (except XLT) offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sequoia only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Expedition’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Expedition has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Expedition and the Sequoia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Expedition 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’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 401) than the Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8. The Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 19 more horsepower (400 vs. 381) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 401) than the Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Expedition

Sequoia

 

2WD

3.5 twin turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4WD

3.5 twin turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/22 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Expedition’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.

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Expedition’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 Expedition offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Sequoia’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Ford Expedition’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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Expedition’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sequoia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sequoia Platinum (9.8 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Expedition may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Toyota Sequoia.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has 7.2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 5.1 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room, 2.8 inches more third row headroom, .8 inches more third row legroom and 1 inch more third row hip room than the Sequoia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Expedition

Sequoia

Behind Third Seat

19.3 cubic feet

18.9 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Expedition’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sequoia doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Expedition’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Expedition and the Sequoia have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Expedition 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.

If the windows are left down on the Expedition the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Sequoia can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The Sequoia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Advanced Key System standard on the Expedition allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Expedition’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sequoia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Expedition’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Expedition’s 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.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Expedition’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Expedition (except XLT)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sequoia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Expedition/Expedition Max outsold the Toyota Sequoia by over four to one during the 2017 model year.

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