Trucks & SUVs

How to Choose Between the Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia

The Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia are both iconic SUVs with proven dependability. But how is the Toyota Sequoia different from the 4Runner? Which option is the better SUV for your family? Let’s dive in and see how the Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia are different. 

The Toyota 4Runner VS the Toyota Sequoia 

If you’ve made it this far, you may be wondering why the Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia are still around. They’re certainly older than the Toyota RAV4, the popular two-row SUV. Plus, the Toyota Highlander has three rows of seats too. 

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro | The Straight Pipes via YouTube

However, the Toyota Sequoia and 4Runner are more rugged options that are truck-like. They provide more off-roading capabilities and power than their younger brother and sister SUVs. But they also have higher price tags. 

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The 2020 Toyota Sequoia starts with a hefty price of around $49k, and the 2020 Toyota 4Runner starts around $36k. The Sequoia costs more partly because it’s much larger. While the Toyota 4Runner is available with a 3rd row, it’s much smaller than the 3rd row found in the Sequoia. 

2021-Toyota-4Runner-Trail-Edition parked in gravel
2021-Toyota-4Runner-Trail-Edition

You’ll find up to 89.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the Toyota 4Runner. However, the Toyota Sequoia provides up to 120.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The 4Runner has plenty of space for adults in the second row, but smaller children should climb in the 3rd row. Meanwhile, the Sequoia comes with eight seats that are incredibly spacious for adults. 

Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia tech 

The Toyota Sequoia comes with a few more creature comforts than the 4Runner. It has tri-zone climate control to keep your entire family comfortable. Also, smart key comes standard with every Sequoia trim. 

2020 Toyota Sequoia Platinum
2020 Toyota Sequoia Platinum | Toyota

Meaning you can use the tailgate, unlock the doors, and start the engine while the key is in your pocket. This feature is extremely convenient when you come out of the store with your hands full. 

The Toyota 4Runner offers a dual-zone climate control system, which is still great, and you can pay to upgrade to the smart key feature. Both of these SUVs come with large infotainment centers and connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in navigation, Wi-fi hotspots, and more. 

Toyota Sequoia and 4Runner power 

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner has a robust 1.0-liter V6 engine that cranks out 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 5,000 lb, which is excellent for boats and campers. Also, it’s an off-roading beast. 

2019 Toyota 4Runner off-roading in dirt
2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD

It has 9.6” of ground clearance along with optional four-wheel drive, and an electronically locking rear differential. Off-roading drive modes include a Rock Crawling feature to go over any obstacle in your way. 

The Toyota Sequoia has a bit more power with a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 7,400 lb. There are fox shocks, a locking Torsen center differential, and multiple four-wheel-drive driving modes for off-roading. 

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro side
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro side | Toyota

Both of these SUVs are great for off-roading, and the Toyota 4Runner is perfectly fine for families. However, if you have a larger family or need to tow more than 5,000 lb, go with the much larger Toyota Sequoia.