Plenty of people are in the market for a full-size SUV right now and there are more than just a few to choose from. When it comes to finding one that has the best safety features, interior and exterior design, and storage room however, narrowing down the selection can get a little tricky. If you’re on the lookout for a 2018 SUV but aren’t even sure where to start, we here at Westbury Toyota have put together a comprehensive comparison of two of the top contenders in the full-size SUV class: The 2018 Toyota Sequoia and the 2018 Chevy Tahoe.
While both are built for rough and tumble use, have everything to offer in terms of convenience and utility, and stand as great options for families or for those who travel alone, the truth of the matter is that the Toyota Sequoia rises above in each of these categories. To prove this point, and ensure that you pick the right full-size SUV when the time comes to sign on the dotted line, spend a moment with the Westbury Toyota team as we offer up a deep dive into exactly how the 2018 Toyota Sequoia reigns supreme when compared to competitors like 2018 Chevy Tahoe.
Both of these SUVs are incredibly durable and capable of doing anything from towing to hauling cargo to carting around eight friends or family members. For a more in depth look of what we’re talking about, take a look at the table below:
|2018 Toyota Sequoia||2018 Chevy Tahoe|
|5.7-liter (L) i-Force DOHC V8 engine capable of 381 horsepower (hp) and 401 pound-feet (lb.-ft) of torque||5.3-L V8 engine capable of 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft of torque|
|Maximum payload of 1,335 pounds (lbs.)||Maximum payload of 1,670 lbs.|
|Standard towing capacity of 7,100 lbs.||Standard towing capacity of 6,400 lbs.|
As you can clearly see, the Toyota Sequoia pulls ahead of the Tahoe in quite a few areas, including cargo room and towing capacity. As a side by side comparison done by the staff of The Car Connection points out, the Sequoia also rules the roost when it comes to engine output. Anyone who needs an SUV that can function just as well at being an everyday family vehicle as it can at being a workhorse will see the obvious benefits the Sequoia has over the Tahoe.
Both of these top SUV contenders boast the best in safety technology, including standard daytime running lights, traction control, front driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, and rear-view cameras. However, there are some notable differences, which Alvin Reyes of Slash Gear makes note of: The Sequoia offers you a bigger safety bang for your buck overall than the Tahoe does. The 2018 Sequoia comes equipped with Safety Sense-P across all trim models. Safety Sense-P is a feature that provides pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with sway warning system, and automatic high beams.
Both of these SUVs have an impressive array of interior and exterior design features to allow both drivers and passengers to ride in comfort and style. The Sequoia has LED headlights (high and low beam), 18-inch wheels, a 6.1-inch color touchscreen, dual-element sun visors, a power sunroof, and an audio system that has Bluetooth connectivity and eight speakers.
In comparison, the Tahoe has a little less going on. It lacks the sunroof and the dual-element sun visors and instead of an eight-speaker audio setup, it has a system the relies on only six such outputs. In other words, the interior of the 2019 Chevy Tahoe may be nice, but it is just not on the same level as the 2018 Toyota Sequoia.
Choosing from between these two SUVs is a very tough call, and that’s why we put together this comparison list. While the Tahoe is an impressive vehicle, the Sequoia has more to offer a driver in almost every area, whether it’s in engine specs, cargo room, or conveniences. Westbury Toyota staff members are obviously going to be a little biased in favor of the 2018 Sequoia, but when it all comes down to it the stats we’ve listed here don’t lie. If you like what you’ve read here about the Sequoia, don’t hesitate to pay us a visit. We’d love to show you a little more of our favorite full-size SUV!