Greene Ford Compares 2014 Ford Expedition VS 2014 Toyota Sequoia Near Buford, GA

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2014 Ford Expedition

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2014 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.

The Expedition offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or 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, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Expedition is safer than the Sequoia:

Expedition

Sequoia

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest forces

38 g’s

44 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

669 / 702

847 / 884

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest forces

37 g’s

45 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

384 / 332

489 / 528

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results. Not comparable with post-2010 results.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 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 Ford Expedition’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Sequoia’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The engine in the Expedition has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Sequoia has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Expedition

Sequoia

2WD

5.4 V8/6-spd Auto

14 city/20 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4WD

5.4 V8/6-spd Auto

13 city/18 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

The Expedition has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sequoia (28 vs. 26.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Sequoia can only carry 8.

The Expedition has 4.8 inches more front headroom, 4.9 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more third row headroom and 2.4 inches more third row legroom than the Sequoia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sequoia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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.

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 keypad. The Sequoia doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry 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.

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 $188 less for a water pump, $564 less for a starter, $175 less for fuel injection, $369 less for a fuel pump, $36 less for front struts, $259 less for a timing belt/chain and $124 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Expedition outsold the Toyota Sequoia by almost three to one during the 2013 model year.

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