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2017 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

2017 Toyota Sequoia

Introduction

 

Crossovers may get a lot of the headlines but there’s a lot to be said for three-row full-size SUVs with a traditional style. Both the 2017 Toyota Sequoia and the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe compete in this niche. The Sequoia is the king of comfort from Toyota, with lots of space in all three seating rows. It offers a supremely smooth ride, and with a 38.1-foot turning circle it’s easier to drive in the city that you might first expect. As a Toyota is comes with a raft of safety features, and it’s the leading vehicle in its class for airbags.

The Toyota Sequoia is a great place for your family to hang out, with very little outside noise permeating the cabin and options for a blu-ray rear entertainment system, 14-speaker Entune Premium Audio system and effortless interaction with smartphones. The cargo area is much bigger than the Tahoe’s, and the engine is more powerful and capable of hauling a bigger load.

The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is available for sale in Jefferson City, MO, perfect for drivers from the surrounding communities of Columbia, MO; Moberly, MO; Washington, MO; Marshall, MO; Lebanon, MO; and Wentzville, MO.

Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between the 2017 Toyota Sequoia and the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe.

 

Price

 

One of the biggest differences between the Toyota Sequoia and the Chevrolet Tahoe is in pricing. You can get the base trim 2017 Toyota Sequoia for $3,000 less than the cheapest Chevrolet Tahoe, so consider the upgrades you could install for $3,000 and you begin to see how these models differ.

 

Performance

 

Another place where the Sequoia shines is in its excellent, powerful V8 engine. It’s a 5.7-liter V8 that can produce 381 horsepower and throw out 401 lb-ft of torque. This makes for a large vehicle that can really shift. The V8 sounds great when you’re heading off, and over 90% of the torque is available at a low 2,200 rpm. This is one reason why the Sequoia is the reigning towing champ in the sector.

Consider also that this large vehicle can be powered from zero to sixty in 6.7 seconds, and you’ll see that it’s more than just a pretty face. For a bit of light off-roading, choose the four-wheel drive variant that has a two-speed transfer care with a Torsen limited-slip diff. It’s automatic, but you can lock it for some real fun with the touch of a button. There’s also the A-TRAC active traction control that curbs wheel slip when you’re in deep mud or snow.

The Sequoia is built similarly to the Tundra but it performs better thanks to its four-wheel independent suspension. It feels really stable round the corners and there’s little side-to-side tossing. Among the big SUVs, its handling is one of the best, if not the best. Take it through the streets of Kansas and you’ll find the independent suspension also works well on tarmac, with a nice, composed ride. For the best of all, choose the Platinum model, which includes an active variable air suspension system. The ride quality rivals Lexus cars, all for a much lower price.

The Tahoe’s engine is underpowered compared to the Sequoia, offering just 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. If you don’t need to use the vehicle for anything apart from grocery shopping, this might be enough. The 2017 Toyota Sequoia has a much more comfortable ride, something that’s pretty important if you’re planning to haul people around all day.

 

Styling

 

The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is a muscle-bound machine that doesn’t try to be anything other than a truck-based SUV. The biggest in the Toyota stable, it’s almost as wide as the Chevy Suburban. It’s one of the most masculine SUVs you’ll find on the market, and even the door handles and mirrors are chunky and made to last. Limited and Platinum models look great, especially with the swanky wheels. Inside, the chunky design continues, making for a vehicle that’s all-man-all-the-time, without getting into cartoonish territory. This toughness isn’t just for show – it’s how the Sequoia is able to pull so much cargo and take such a beating day after day without batting an eyelid.

The Tahoe, in comparison, is a bit bland and samey. It’s boxy, unadorned, and instantly forgettable. It lacks the subtle masculinity of the Sequoia, going for a more gender-neutral feel mixed with elements of the GM design language.

 

Cargo Space and Comfort

 

Why do you choose an SUV over a sedan? One reason is for the increased cargo space so you don’t need to worry whether you’re going to be able to fit the entire family and the shopping into the vehicle. The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe falls down in this regard, offering a comparatively low amount of space for cargo. Behind the third seat, there’s just 15.3 square feet for example, where the 2017 Toyota Sequoia gives you 18.9 square feet.

Things don’t get better if you drop the seats too – the Tahoe offers close to 50 square feet, where the Sequoia gives you closer to 70 square feet.

Drop all the seats to try to get the maximum cargo space, and you’ll find that the 2017 Toyota Sequoia offers you a full 25 square feet more room than the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe. That’s like a whole other trunk load of space!

This is interesting when you consider the vehicles, on the outside, are very similar in length and width. The Sequoia just makes much better use of space inside than the Tahoe.

The front seats of the Sequoia are wide and soft, and the first front two rows of the vehicle, in particular, offer excellent legroom. There are plenty of cupholders and there’s small item storage everywhere.

 

Features

 

When comparing the features of SUVs, it's worth considering that there’s a $20,000 gap between the lowest price trims and the highest price trims. This means there should really be multiple separate comparisons made at each price point.

The Sequoia does particularly well in its base SR5 guise, including a lot of items that are absent in the higher priced Tahoe. Features such as a 6.1-inch infotainment system, eight-way power driver’s seat, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera set the stage.

At the top of the range, you’ll find a completely different Sequoia in the Platinum model, which has everything from 20-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, rear-seat 9-inch Blu-ray player, and navigation, to air conditioned front seats and a power tailgate. Note that the highest trim of the 2017 Toyota Sequoia comes with a power sunroof/moonroof as standard, whereas it’s an optional extra on the Tahoe despite them coming in at the same price.

Toyota’s Entune system is also one of the best in-car infotainment systems on the market, and its intuitive interface works best when paired with a smartphone.

 

Trailering

 

It’s often the case that when you buy a new SUV you suddenly find yourself with a lot of friends who need a trailer towed. Having the ability to tow a lot of cargo is something every SUV should be able to, especially V8-engined powerhouses like the Tahoe and the Sequoia. How do these fare? The Toyota comes out significantly ahead, being able to tow up to 7400 lbs. With a dead weight hitch, the Chevrolet Tahoe struggles, only able to pull up to 5000 lbs. maximum.

Towing is certainly one of the Sequoia’s strong points, and if you’re planning on using a trailer often it’s a better choice than the Chevrolet Tahoe, and even the Toyota Highlander.

 

Safety

 

Although the Toyota Sequoia hasn’t been crash tested by the IIHS or the NHTSA, the NHTSA assigned it a four out of five calculated score. It’s a standout for safety, as it has the biggest compliment of airbags out of all of the traditional large SUVs for sale today. Front knee airbags come as standard on the Sequoia, whereas they are not available at all on the Tahoe.

There’s also the traction and stability control systems, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, standard rearview camera, and parking sensors on the Platinum. Adaptive cruise control is an option. Four-wheel drive versions get the A-TRAC traction system. It’s a really safe vehicle to be in.

The Chevrolet Tahoe, on the other hand, has received some questionable results in crash tests, such as a three-star rating for rollover resistance from the NHTSA.

 

Summary

 

Choose the 2017 Toyota Sequoia over the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe and you’ll get a more powerful engine with more torque and horsepower, significantly more power to pull a trailer, more features, more cargo space, and better safety equipment – and you’ll pay less for it.

Come to Riley Toyota in Jefferson City, MO where you’ll find the 2017 Toyota Sequoia for sale. It’s perhaps the right vehicle for you to drive the streets of Columbia, Sedalia, and St. Louis in, and haul a trailer from Wentzville, MO to Liberty, MO.