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Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Sequoia 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 Mercedes G-Class has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Sequoia offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The G-Class doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sequoia’s wheelbase is 8.2 inches longer than on the G-Class (122 inches vs. 113.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 4.6 inches wider in the rear than on the G-Class.

The Sequoia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.4% to 49.6%) than the G-Class’ (53% to 47%). This gives the Sequoia more stable handling and braking.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the G 550 pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.4 seconds quicker than the G 550 (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 30.7 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 6.5 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (38.1 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a greater minimum ground clearance than the G-Class (9.6 vs. 9.5 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Sequoia’s minimum ground clearance is .5 inch higher than on the G-Class (10 vs. 9.5 inches).


For excellent aerodynamics, the Sequoia has standard flush composite headlights. The G-Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the G-Class can only carry 5.

The Sequoia has 3.8 inches more front legroom, 8.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and 8.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the G-Class.

Cargo Capacity

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the G-Class.



Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


38.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

68.5 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The G-Class’ swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

The Sequoia’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The G-Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Sequoia Limited/Platinum/TRD Pro has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The G-Class doesn’t offer a power cargo door.


The Sequoia’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G-Class does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sequoia has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the G-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Model Availability

The Sequoia is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The G-Class doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.


Consumer Reports? recommends the Toyota Sequoia, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Sequoia outsold the Mercedes G-Class by almost three to one during 2018.

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