2021 Sequoia vs. Tahoe Comparison

When you need a vehicle that can handle road trips or off-roading adventures with the whole family, sport utility vehicles (SUV) offer the best of both.

Toyota unleashed this combination in the Sequoia which hit the market in 2001. Now in its second generation, Toyota has made improvements in engine performance, MPG ratings, interior, and exterior features. However, Toyota is not alone in working to perfect the SUV. Introduced six years earlier, the Tahoe, formerly known as the Chevy Blazer, entered the market in 1995. This full-size SUV has also made improvements in performance and introduced a variety of trim options.

The Sequoia offers stout performance with its 5.7L V8 engine with 381 horsepower while the Tahoe's 5.3L V8 engine has a lower 355 horsepower. For towing and low-end power off-road, Sequoia has 401 lb.-ft. torque while Tahoe’s 5.3L V8 has a lower 383 lb.-ft. torque. Plus, the Toyota Sequoia offers off-roading-styled trims which include available skid plates and beefy suspension.

The Tahoe High Country does have the option for a 6.2L V8 that has 420 horsepower starting at $70,895 MSRP.

But if you’re just looking for a roomy, reliable vehicle in the city, you'll also find more standard active safety and interior features even in the base-grade Sequoia SR5.

Along with these performance features, see more ways these two full-size SUVs compare in other areas of safety and interior.

Publish Date: 11/13/2020

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Performance

Make a big statement with a full-size SUV that has the power and off-road-styling options to support your next adventure.

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Performance

  • The Sequoia SR5 2WD has a more powerful engine that produces 381 horsepower.
  • The comparable Premium Smooth Ride suspension, which is not available on the Tahoe Premium, is standard on the Sequoia.
  • You get more off-roading features with the Sequoia TRD Sport and TRD Pro.
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Safety

When you're driving your family around you want to know that you’re protected. With the standard active safety features of the Sequoia and Tahoe you can be.

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Safety

  • You get more standard safety features with the Sequoia.
  • New Toyota Sequoias come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P).
  • The NHTSA awarded the Sequoia a higher rollover safety rating than the Tahoe in a loss-of-control scenario.
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Interior

For your next road trip take advantage of the standard connectivity features and interior configurations of the Sequoia.

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Interior

  • For more connectivity options the Sequoia comes standard with Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa.
  • For maximum entertainment, Sequoia with the Platinum interior add-on comes with 14 JBL® speakers.
  • Choose between Easy-Clean fabric or leather-trimmed 40/20/40 second row and 60/40 third row split in the Sequoia depending on your needs.
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Conclusion: Sequoia vs. Tahoe

Although it hasn't been around as long as the Tahoe, the Sequoia has been quick to keep up with performance, safety technologies, and convenience features. The 2021 Sequoia offers more standard features at a lower starting price.

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Conclusion: Sequoia vs. Tahoe

  • For a starting MSRP of $50,100, the Sequoia comes packed with standard features that you have to purchase as extra packages on the Tahoe.
  • The Sequoia comes standard with TSS-P which includes Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
  • Get Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility with the Sequoia.
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