60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLS.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GLS 450 (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the GLS’ (38.1 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia Platinum has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLS 63 (9.6 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The design of the Toyota Sequoia amounts to more than styling. The Sequoia has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the GLS (.37 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sequoia get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GLS can only carry 7.

The Sequoia has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 7.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, 7.3 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row legroom and 15.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the GLS.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sequoia’s middle and third row seats recline. The GLS’ third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the GLS.



Behind Third Seat

18.9 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

49.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

93.8 cubic feet

The Sequoia’s cargo area is larger than the GLS’ in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






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


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 GLS 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 GLS only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Sequoia has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the GLS.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the GLS because it costs $246 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the GLS, including $361 less for a water pump, $460 less for a muffler, $122 less for front brake pads, $270 less for fuel injection, $105 less for front struts and $1025 less for a power steering pump.


Consumer Reports? recommends the Toyota Sequoia, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLS isn't recommended.

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