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.
Both the Expedition and the Sequoia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
The Expedition comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 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.
The Ford Expedition’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
The engine in the Expedition has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Sequoia have 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 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.
The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 24 more horsepower (300 vs. 276) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 314) than the Sequoia’s standard 4.7 DOHC V8.
The Expedition has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sequoia (28 vs. 26.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Sequoia only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Expedition offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Sequoia can only carry 8.
The Expedition has 3.1 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more third row legroom than the Sequoia.
The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sequoia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.
The Expedition offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The engine computer on the Expedition automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sequoia’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.
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.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the exterior keypad. The Sequoia doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.
The Expedition’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sequoia’s manually variable 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. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Sequoia only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.
The Expedition’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Sequoia’s standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.
The Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Sequoia, including $79 less for a water pump, $214 less for a starter, $143 less for fuel injection, $162 less for a fuel pump, $53 less for front struts and $29 less for a power steering pump.