Trucks & SUVs

Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro VS Land Rover Defender

When it comes to the off-roading SUV, there are some pretty exciting options on today’s market. There’s the famed Jeep Wrangler and now the all-new Ford Bronco. There are Toyota SUVs equipped with TRD Pro packages. Additionally, there is an entire lineup of Land Rover SUVs that are great off-roaders. The 2020 Land Rover Defender SUV is one of these. Let’s review them both. Is it better than a 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro SUV, or does the Land Rover option dominate the competition?

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro

The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro SUV is offered for the first time ever for the 2020 Sequoia. According to US News and World Report, the Toyota Sequoia in the 2020 model year with the TRD Pro package starts at $64,030. Of all the trim options for the 2020 Sequoia, the TRD Pro trim is the only one that comes standard with four-wheel drive.

In addition to power to all four wheels, it also features a front skid plate. You’ll also find TRD Fox shock absorbers and the upgraded JBL audio system. This is a large family SUV that is tuned specifically for off-road adventure.

Standard active safety features include a long list of helpful amenities. On the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro SUV, you’ll see a standard lane change assist system, a rearview camera, parking sensors (front and rear), blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The list also includes standard adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning.

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

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Consumer Reports Sequoia review

According to Consumer Reports, the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro earns a perfect predicted reliability score. In terms of reliability, this Toyota SUV is an off-road family hauler that holds true to Toyota’s reputation for rock solid reliability. The Toyota Sequoia is also a model known to retain its value well.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender

Though the TRD Pro Sequoia is one of the upper-level trim options, the 2020 Land Rover Defender SUV comes extremely well equipped in its entry-level version. In fact, it’s competitive enough in the base model that we will compare these two that way. According to US News and World Report, the Land Rover Defender 110 sarts at $49,990––significantly lower than the TRD Pro package-equipped Toyota SUV.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 driving off-road in the desert
2020 Land Rover Defender 110 | Land Rover

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The list of standard features is long, too. You’ll find amenities such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, power adjustable front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Additionally, there’s dual-zone automatic climate control, a universal garage door opener, proximity keyless entry, and a 7-inch driver information display. A 10-inch display and modern infotainment system also come standard.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender also includes an advanced standard safety suite with driver-assist features. In terms of off-road ready features, the base model Defender is impressive. The 2020 Land Rover Defender’s standard off-road features include a dual-speed transfer case, a terrain response system, hill descent control, and an adaptive air suspension. All of the Defender trims come standard with four-wheel drive.

Consumer Reports Defender review

According to Consumer Reports, the Defender of today has veered from its original truck frame design. This may mean it’s a smoother ride than the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro SUV. However, the Land Rover Defender has a far lower predicted reliability score. Consumer Reports give the 2020 Land Rover Defender SUV only 1 out of 5––the lowest rating possible.

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 overhead dominates off-road reviews
2020 Land Rover Defender 110 overhead | Land Rover via Instagram

Unlike the original Defender, the new one has a unibody design, like many of today’s SUVs, rather than trucklike body-on-frame construction.

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Which one is better?

Because the Land Rover Defender is a designated off-roader even in its base trim, it is certainly less expensive though still very well equipped for all-terrain driving. However, The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro brings a lot of value to the table when you consider its better reliability. Overall, the choice will depend on what you want to spend and how much reliability matters to you. Also, one of the defining differences between the two is the fact that the Sequoia remains a truck. The Defender, on the other hand, has adopted a unibody construction.