|440||Max Horsepower (hp)||381|
|15.5||Max Screen Size (in)||7|
If you’re on the hunt for the most capable and luxurious large SUV, have we got good news for you. The 2022 Ford Expedition vs 2022 Toyota Sequoia battle for the top spot in the category rages on for the newest model year, and the completely redesigned Expedition appears to have the early lead. What do buyers look for in this category? Space, performance, and luxury.
That’s exactly what you’ll find within the six-trim Expedition lineup. In fact, buyers can dial in the exact level of luxury and technology they want, from well-equipped to over-the-top fully-loaded cabins boasting massive 15.5-inch touchscreens and plush leather seating. Toyota’s massive Sequoia struggles to keep up, especially because it’s been years since the flagship SUV has received a substantial upgrade.
As comparisons go, it’s almost not a fair fight. The updated Expedition bests the Sequoia in almost every category that counts, from performance to in-vehicle tech. Still, it’s worth comparing the two if only to reinforce your decision to purchase a Ford. In fairness, the Sequoia’s truck-like boxy SUV body style is classic, a feature some buyers still appreciate. Some buyers also appreciate the old-school feel of the Sequoia’s somewhat dated interior. It’s reminiscent of the early days of large SUVs, boasting a cavernous cabin and large dials and knobs to control climate and entertainment. The infotainment touchscreen isn’t the dashboard dominator inside the Sequoia, which appeals to tech-averse buyers.
It’s hard to compare any feature of the 2022 Expedition and the 2022 Sequoia without declaring the Expedition the winner, but buyers can decide for themselves. Do you want Toyota’s throwback, old school, and stalwart original, or would you prefer the Expedition’s advanced technology, over-the-top performance, and upscale interior finishes?
A true side-by-side comparison of the 2022 Ford Expedition and the 2022 Toyota Sequoia should start with the spec sheet. It’s here that you’ll discover the Expedition’s myriad of class-leading performance characteristics. For starters, the all-new Expedition Timberline trim features several best-in-class features, including 10.6 inches of ground clearance, 440 horsepower, and 510 lb-ft of torque.
The Sequoia simply can’t compete with those performance specs. Toyota equips the Sequoia with a single 5.7-liter V8 engine across the entire trim range. It generates 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque on its best day. The Sequoia is available in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and the TRD Pro trim, which is most closely aligned with the Expedition Timberline, adds extra off-roading equipment like skid plates and an off-road-tuned suspension.
The Expedition features a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the Sequoia settles for a six-speed version. As for towing capability, the all-new Expedition boasts a max 9,300-pound trailering capability. Unfortunately for Sequoia buyers, you’ll only be able to tow up to 7,400 pounds. That’s a big difference, so if you plan to tow a boat or an RV, be sure to do the math before you decide on a Sequoia.
Sadly, the giant V8 engine under the Sequoia’s hood uses copious amounts of gas. The Sequoia offers a dismal 13 MPG in the city and 17 MPG on the highway of fuel economy. Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology manages to output more horsepower and torque and also deliver better fuel economy with an estimated 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. Environmentally aware buyers might find the difference alarming.
Ford says the Expedition Timberline is “the most off-road capable Expedition ever” and delivers on that promise with a set of standard equipment that will cover you on backcountry trails. One of the most exciting features is Trail Turn Assist, a system that can actually tighten the turning radius for better maneuverability. Also, Ford outfits the Timberline with massive 33-inch all-terrain tires.
Once you slide behind the wheel of the 2022 Ford Expedition, the first thing you’ll notice is the giant dash-mounted infotainment touchscreen. Even entry trims receive an oversized 12-inch screen centrally mounted on the dash. Upper trims receive a standard portrait-mounted 15.5-inch version that runs on Ford’s newest operating system, SYNC 4A.
By contrast, you’ll find the same 7-inch infotainment touchscreen inside every Sequoia trim. By 2022 standards, a 7-inch screen is grossly undersized. Even budget entry-level hatchbacks and small crossovers typically receive at least an 8-inch version. This is where the Toyota Sequoia most shows its age, unfortunately. For tech-oriented buyers, it could be a deal killer.
Expanding on the entertainment screen is the available 22-speaker Bang & Olufsen Unleashed Sound System that was custom-fitted to the Expedition’s cabin for optimal acoustics. Not only does the B&O audio system offer the most speakers in the large SUV category, but upper trims receive true surround sound that’s enriched by the included subwoofer.
The best Toyota can offer is a JBL 14-speaker system. It also includes a subwoofer but again seems dated when compared with the immersive audio technology deployed on the 2022 Expedition. Entry trims fare even worse, with a standard 8-speaker sound system. Once again, technology and infotainment fall far short in the Sequoia.
As for seating, both SUVs are designed to move people, with seating for up to eight and plenty of extra cargo space for gear and luggage. The numbers don’t lie: the 2022 Expedition provides 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space with all three rows of seats upright. The Sequoia falls a bit short of that number, offering 18.9 cubic feet of space.
Getting where you are going safely is even more important than arriving in style, which is why Ford outfits the 2022 Expedition with an array of advanced driver-assist safety systems designed to keep the driver alert and help everyone avoid common driving hazards. Chief among them is the incredible BlueCruise hands-free cruise control system. The top-of-the-line Expedition Platinum receives BlueCruise, a true hands-free highway driving tool that lets drivers relax and remove their hands from the wheel while traveling on connected roadways. Ford adds an in-dash camera to monitor the driver, sending an alert when it senses your eyes have left the road. BlueCruise headlines a long list of intelligent semi-autonomous driving technology available on the 2022 Expedition.
The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer any hands-free systems; however, all Sequoia trims receive Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of driver-assist systems that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also standard.
Other features available on the 2022 Expedition (and not on the 2022 Sequoia) include Active Park Assist 2.0, a feature that helps drivers locate a parking spot that will fit their vehicle. Drivers simply shift to neutral and press the Active Park Assist button. The Expedition literally parks itself. When you’re ready to leave, it works in reverse, helping you leave your spot without kissing any bumpers. Intersection Assist is yet another advanced tool that drivers of large SUVs will especially appreciate. The system deploys cameras and sensors to detect oncoming vehicles as you are turning left. It sends an audible alert when it senses a car coming that could be too close for a safe turn. Toyota doesn’t offer a similar system on the Sequoia.