Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2006 Ford Expedition VS 2006 Toyota Sequoia Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2006 Ford Expedition

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2006 Toyota Sequoia

Safety Comparison

Full time four-wheel drive is optional on the Expedition. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.

To prevent power induced skids and loss of control on slick surfaces, the Ford Expedition offers optional full range traction control. The Sequoia’s traction control is for low speeds only. Low traction conditions at higher speeds are more dangerous, making the need for full range traction control important.

The Expedition (except XLS) offers an optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Compared to metal, the Expedition’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Sequoia has a metal gas tank.

Both the Expedition and the Sequoia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, available head airbags, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Ford Expedition has a better injury history. The Expedition was involved in injury causing accidents at a rate 6.6% lower per vehicle registered than the Sequoia, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Warranty Comparison

The Expedition comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Toyota doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Sequoia.

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Expedition’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Sequoia’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt, which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Sequoia’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The engine in the Expedition has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Sequoia has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The Expedition has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 27 more horsepower (300 vs. 273) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 314) than the Sequoia’s 4.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Expedition has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sequoia (28 vs. 26.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Expedition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sequoia:

Expedition

Sequoia

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.2 inches

The Expedition stops much shorter than the Sequoia:

Expedition

Sequoia

70 to 0 MPH

188 feet

204 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

145 feet

146 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition has larger tires than the Sequoia (265/70R17 vs. 245/70R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Sequoia SR5.

The Expedition (except XLS) has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Sequoia has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 1.1 inches wider in the front than the average track on the Sequoia.

The Expedition’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Sequoia’s (52% to 48%). This gives the Expedition more stable handling and braking.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 handles at .70 G’s, while the Sequoia Limited 4x4 pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Expedition NBX 4x4 goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 5.7 MPH faster than the Sequoia Limited 4x4 (56.5 vs. 50.8 MPH).

For better maneuverability the Expedition’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the Sequoia’s (39.2 vs. 42.3 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Sequoia can only carry 8.

The Expedition has 10 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sequoia (165 vs. 155).

The Expedition has 3.3 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 4.1 inches more rear hip room, 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.4 inches more third row headroom, 6.5 inches more third row legroom and 4.2 inches more third row hip room than the Sequoia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly, without having to lift, carry or store heavy seats, like in the Sequoia.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Expedition. The Sequoia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Expedition (except XLS) offers a power adjustable foot pedal set. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining pedal contact. The Sequoia doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

The power windows standard on both the Expedition and the Sequoia have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Expedition is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sequoia prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Expedition’s standard speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sequoia’s intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Expedition has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Sequoia only offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Expedition has standard secondary sun visors that block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Sequoia doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Expedition’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Sequoia’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Expedition (except XLS/XLT)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Sequoia doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Expedition Eddie Bauer/Limited/King Ranch’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Sequoia doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Sequoia, including $80 less for a water pump, $347 less for an alternator, $160 less for a starter, $96 less for fuel injection, $111 less for front struts and $172 less for a power steering pump.

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