Consumer Reports Road Test Showdown: 2021 Toyota Sequoia Can’t Beat its Biggest Competition

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia and 2021 Ford Expedition are two of the largest SUVs you can buy. If you’re in the market for a new large SUV, you may be wondering: which is safer, the Toyota Sequoia or Ford Expedition? Although they’re both great choices, the 2021 Ford Expedition got a slightly better Consumer Reports overall score.

A white 2021 Toyota Sequoia tows a boat.
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Is the Sequoia better than the Expedition?

Both the 2021 Toyota Sequoia and 2021 Ford Expedition are recommended by Consumer Reports. That’s a huge deal. Consumer Reports recommended vehicles have to get a good overall score. The Consumer Reports overall score combines their road test, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, crash tests and safety equipment. 

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia got a 60 on its road test. This includes a four out of five for its acceleration. The Sequoia went from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The routine handling score is a three out of five.

On the other hand, the 2021 Ford Expedition scored a 73 on its road test. It got a four out of five for acceleration and could go from 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds.

Both the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia got a three for reliability. The Expedition and Sequoia each got a four for owner satisfaction. Owner satisfaction is how happy people are with what they got for what they paid for their vehicle and is determined by a survey.

The Expedition has a slightly higher ride score

The 2021 Ford Expedition scored slightly better for its ride, getting a three out of five to the Sequoia’s two. The Expedition’s driving position was also a point higher, though noise and front seat comfort were the same, at four out of five. 

Rear seat comfort in each the Expedition and Sequoia was a five out of five, while the third row comfort is a three out of five for both. 

The two large SUVs scored the same for rear access, interior fit and finish, and trunk/cargo area. However, the Expedition did slightly better for its front access, third access, and usability. They both scored a five out of five for climate system. 

Unsurprisingly, both the 2021 Toyota Sequoia and the 2021 Ford Expedition scored a one out of five for their fuel economy. The Sequoia’s overall mpg was 15 mpg, with 10 in the city and 21 on the highway. On the other hand, the Expedition could get 16 mpg overall, with 11 in the city and 23 on the highway. Consumer Reports predicted that this would cost a Toyota Sequoia owner approximately $200 a year extra, so it may not be a big deal if you’re otherwise a big fan of the Sequoia. 

They have almost the same standard safety equipment

A blue 2021 Ford Expedition on a beach.
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Almost, but not quite. While the 2021 Ford Expedition comes with everything Consumer Reports recommends new car shoppers look for, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia is lacking one thing: lane keeping assist. 

Both the Sequoia and the Expedition come with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, and pedestrian detection. They also come with lane departure warning, though lane keeping assist is not an option. Blind spot warning is standard in both the 2021 Toyota Sequoia and the 2021 Ford Expedition. 

Backup cameras are standard in all new cars, but both SUVs also come with rear cross traffic warning. New Toyota Sequoias and Ford Expeditions have anti lock brakes, as well as traction and stability control. Daytime running lights in the Sequoia and Expedition are optional. 

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia and 2021 Ford Expedition also come with front side airbags and head protection standard with rollover. 

So which is a better choice, the Toyota Sequoia or Ford Expedition? The Toyota Sequoia wasn’t crash-tested by the IIHS or NHTSA, so it’s impossible to say which is the overall safer vehicle. If you’re looking for the all-around better large SUV though, it’s hard to go wrong with the 2021 Ford Expedition.