North Georgia Ford Compares 2019 Ford Expedition Max VS 2019 Toyota Sequoia Near Ellijay, GA

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2019 Ford Expedition Max

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2019 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 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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 rated the Expedition first among large SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Sequoia isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Expedition (base engine) is faster than the Toyota Sequoia:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

11.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

91.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







17 city/24 hwy

13 city/17 hwy



17 city/22 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Expedition stops much shorter than the Sequoia:





60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

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 TRD Sport/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.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Sequoia Limited 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the Sequoia Limited 4x4 (27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

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.




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 liftgate 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 liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Expedition 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 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 open on the Expedition the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. 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.

Push Button Start standard on the Expedition allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (optional Intelligent Access will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and cargo door without taking your keys out). 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Sequoia, including $256 less for a water pump, $23 less for front brake pads, $693 less for a starter, $154 less for fuel injection, $309 less for a fuel pump, $188 less for front struts and $613 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2018 issue and they ranked the Ford Expedition XLT 4x4 first. They ranked the Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 fifth.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sequoia isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Expedition/Expedition Max outsold the Toyota Sequoia by almost five to one during the 2018 model year.

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