Toyota Sequoia vs Toyota 4Runner Comparison

toyota sequoia vs toyota 4runner comparison

Toyota is the best-seller in the Hatchback, SUV, sedans, and pick-up vehicles which have been around for many years. 

Toyota is a famous brand around the globe for producing reliable, durable, and powerful cars. The Sequoia and 4Runner resemble each other in every aspect but they vary in other aspects like exterior, interior, engine, and performance. The Sequoia has been in production since 2000 and is now in its 3rd generation (XK80) while the 4Runner has been in production since 1983 and is now in its 5th generation (N280) therefore the 4Runner is the star of Toyota Sequoia.

Toyota is well-known for its diversity of everyday and functional cars. Both are good for an adventure, larger than life, you might be interested in the Toyota 4Runner or the Sequoia.

Therefore in this review, you will get to know the differences between these two giant SUVs. So take a tour to the end to understand these two giant SUVs.

N.B: Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of March 2022.

 Toyota SequoiaToyota 4Runner
Capacity/Doors5 doors / 8 seater4 doors / 5 seater
Torque427 Nm - 544 Nm376 Nm – 382 Nm
Top Speed180 Kph180 kph
0-100 km/h7.1 sec - 12.8 sec8.2 sec
Max Power381 hp - 437 hp157 hp – 270 hp
Engine3.4L2.0L – 4.7L
Fuel Tank Capacity100L 55L – 91L
Key FeaturesHeated/Ventilated Front Seats,

Moonroof, Three-Zone

Climate Control, Rear-Seat

Crawl Control, Kinetic

Dynamic Suspension System

(KDSS), Multi-Terrain

Fuel Consumption6.5 Km/L – 11.5 Km/L6.8 Km/L – 8.0 Km/L
Length x Width x Height5.21×2.03×1.96 m4.83×1.92×1.82 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 4,450 – 29,210USD 3,990 – 39,540

Interior & Exterior Comparison

Toyota Sequoia

The Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV produced by Toyota and since 2000 sold mainly for the North American market and designed borrowed from the Tundra pickup truck. After the Japanese Domestic market, Toyota Sequoia is the largest SUV ever produced under the Toyota lineup.

(a) Cabin Storage


The Toyota Sequoia has a roomy cabin that can carry 8 people with the available leg- and headroom on each row compared to the 4Runner and the interior of the Sequoia is full of heavier plastic.

Inside the Toyota Sequoia cabin, you will find numerous storage boxes that are useful for keeping items such as handbags, smartphones, goggles, and beverages. In the 1st row, you will find 3 cup-holders, a center box, a glovebox, and door pockets. In the 2nd row, there are only door pockets while in the 3rd row there are side panel pockets.

(b) Cargo Space

The Toyota Sequoia has average boot space when all seats are used but when more space is needed the 2nd-row seats can be folded down and make the large space for accommodating more luggage.



The latest Toyota Sequoia exterior looks similar to the Toyota Tundra (XK70) but the design appeals to a male clientele.

Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is a 4-door body style and luxury SUV with 5 passengers seating capacity. The Toyota 4Runner provides both full-time four-wheel drive (4WD) and part-time systems.

(a) Cabin Storage


The Toyota 4Runner has many storage stalls used for keeping handbags, beverages, bottles, and smartphones. In the 1st cabin, there is the center box, door panel storage, a glove box, and 2 cup holders in the control panel. In the 2nd cabin, there is door panel storage, a storage compartment with 1 USB port, and 2 cup holders in the armrest when it flips down.

The interior has some modern features and technology like a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rearview camera, navigation, and 8 speakers.

(b) Cargo Space

With an overall length of 191.3 inches, a height of 71.5 inches, and a width of 75.8 inches, the Toyota 4Runner has large cargo space. Therefore the Toyota 4Runner has significantly large cargo space and a bigger size of cargo than the Toyota Sequoia.



The Toyota 4Runner features its own distinctive look on every trim level. TRD Off-Road trims stand out with unique features including TRD badging on the exterior and 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels with black-painted inserts. The 4Runner Limited models feature chrome door handles, front grille, stylish 20-inch split 6-spoke alloy wheels, and exclusive front fascia. The 4Runner has complementing the rugged design, with LED taillights and LED headlights adding a touch of style while offering you superior visibility. Skid plates help protect the front suspension/engine and transfer case from damage when traveling across rough terrain on all 4X4 models.

Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

Toyota Sequoia

toyota sequoia blue engine


(a) Engine & Performance

The 2nd generation comes fitted with a 4.7L 2UZ-FE VVT-i V8 that generates 276 hp, 4.6L 1UR-FE V8 generates 310 hp, 5.7L 3UR-FE V8 generates 381 hp, and 5.7L 3UR-FBE V8 (USK65) gasoline flex-fuel generates 381 hp. These engines transfer power to the wheel via a 6-speed automatic or 5-speed automatic.

The 3rd generation which is the latest generation of Sequoia comes fitted with only single-engine choices, a twin-turbo 3.4L V6 gasoline hybrid engine which combines with a 2NM AC permanent magnet synchronous which produces a maximum power output of 437 hp (combined system output). This engine is attached to a 10-speed AWR10L65 “ECTi Direct Shift” automatic.

(b) Fuel Consumption

The latest Toyota Sequoia fuel consumption is between 6.5 Km/L to 11.5 Km/L.

Toyota 4Runner

toyota 4runner gray engine


(a) Engine & Performance

The 5th generation 4Runner is the latest generation powered by two engine options: a 2.7L 2TR-FE I4 petrol engine (157 hp) which produces a maximum power output of 157 hp and a 4.0L 1GR-FE V6 which generates a maximum power output of 270 hp. These engines push power to the wheel via a 4-speed automatic for I4 for the 2010 model only or a 5-speed automatic for a V6 engine. All are available in 2WD and 4WD.

(b) Fuel Consumption

The Toyota 4Runner’s fuel consumption is between 6.8 Km/L to 8.0 Km/L.

Final Verdict

Toyota is well-known for its full SUV with luxury, enough power, and exciting interiors such as Toyota Sequoia, Toyota 4Runner, and Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Sequoia and 4Runner are car models that are countless in almost every detail. Both have good performance, luxury, and comfortability but the latest Sequoia model seems to have more comfortability and luxury interior. The Sequoia seems to have a better fuel economy.

The Sequoia and the 4Runner are tremendously capable and reliable. Out of the 2, the Sequoia is family-friendly but the 4Runner is more practical.

The 4Runner has been around for a while now, and its status rank for itself, while the Sequoia has been around for a short period. You can buy one of these SUVs on BE FORWARD.




Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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