If you’re looking for the ultimate all-weather family hauler, then this trio represents some of the most capable SUVs on the market. All of them offer seating for seven passengers and powerful V8 engines, as well as 4WD to pull heavy loads. Of course, a good full-sized SUV also offers plenty of luxury features to keep your passengers entertained.
So does the refreshed Toyota Sequoia have what it takes to rumble with the likes of the Chevrolet Suburban and the GMC Yukon? Let’s find out!
Sequoia vs. Suburban
The Toyota takes its name from the massive Sequoia tree, but in terms of size it pales in comparison to Chevrolet’s massive Suburban. The Chevy can carry nine passengers to the Sequoia’s eight, but surprisingly outdoes the Toyota in little else in spite of its prodigious size. The Suburban offers a total of 121 cubic feet of space, which is only a touch more than the Sequoia’s 120 cubes. The Suburban can tow up to 8,000 pounds, which is again only slightly more than 7,400 pounds the Toyota will tow.
However, more isn’t necessarily better, especially in regards to base price. Yet that’s also where the Suburban is slightly more than the Sequoia. The Chevy starts at $57,485, which is over two grand more than the Toyota’s starting price of $55,310. So in the end, the Toyota and the Chevrolet walk away near equals. The Suburban offers slightly more, but at a higher price, while the Sequoia does everything the Chevy does for slightly less.
Sequoia vs. Yukon
In terms of size, the Sequoia is more closely matched to the Yukon than the behemoth Suburban. The Yukon does offer more seating (nine) than the Sequoia (eight), but at a price. Whereas two full-sized adults can fit in the third row of the Toyota, the third row of the GMC is suitable for only children. This is because of a raised rear load floor, something which impacts cargo capacity as well. The Yukon offers just 15.3 cubic feet behind the third row, whereas the Sequoia 18.9 cubic feet.
Where the Sequoia also outdoes the Yukon is under the hood. Power is extremely important in this class of vehicle, especially when each of these SUVs weigh more than 5,000 pounds each. It’s lucky then that the Toyota has the more powerful standard engine. The Sequoia’s 5.7L V8 serves up 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque; meanwhile, the Yukon has to make do with a 5.3L V8 producing 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The GMC does offer a more powerful 6.2L engine, but it requires opting for the most expensive model which starts at an eye-watering $77,741.
The Final Decision
So, which one of these heavy-weight family haulers takes the top prize? It’s a tough call, as all of these SUVs have a lot to offer. The GMC Yukon is smaller than any of the others, and isn’t as capable, but is slightly cheaper. The Toyota Sequoia represents an excellent middle ground – more spacious than the Yukon and nearly as capable as the Suburban. Finally, the Chevrolet Suburban is the goliath of the group and offers the most capacity of any of the competitors – albeit at a higher price.
While the ultimate choice is mostly down to personal taste, the Toyota Sequoia offers a ‘goldilocks’ solution to the problem of full-sized family transport. Bigger and better equipped than the Yukon, but smaller and wieldier than the Suburban, the Sequoia offers everything a large family needs. Plus, the Sequoia offers the quality and reliability deserving of the Toyota name as standard.
Interested in getting a closer look at the new 2016 Toyota Sequoia? Come to Mayfield Toyota in Edmonton to view a wide selection of Sequoia’s in a variety of model years and trims.