If you’ve got a big family or need to carry many adults around in comfort and luxury, a full-size SUV is an excellent way to go about it. The full-size SUV class continues to enjoy strong sales and sustained demand even in light of midsize alternatives with similar seating capacities. The 2023 GMC Yukon and the 2023 Toyota Sequoia are two formidable models on the market.
The 2023 Yukon is based on the fifth generation of the nameplate and is a sister vehicle of the Chevrolet Tahoe. Introduced in 2021, GMC manufactures these fifth-generation siblings in Arlington, TX. Meanwhile, the 2023 Sequoia hails from the third generation of Toyota's revered nameplate in North America and comes out from production in San Antonio, TX.
Which one is ahead in the best full-size SUV race? Let’s compare the 2023 Yukon vs. Sequoia in terms of interior, performance, and safety characteristics to find out. If you’re keen to know more about the 2023 Yukon, call David Scott Lee Buick GMC in Crestview, FL, and our friendly sales associates will gladly answer all your questions.
The 2023 Yukon offers seating for seven occupants in a 178-cubic-foot cabin, while the 2023 Sequoia offers the same seating capacity in a smaller 157-cubic-foot cabin. There’s also a Yukon XL for even more space. The sheer capacity of the 2023 Yukon is all the more apparent when you realize that with all three rows deployed, there’s still 26 cubic feet of cargo space on offer. The 2023 Sequoia can only offer 12 cubic feet in this configuration.
The 2023 Yukon offers a fantastic mix of luxury features, especially when you choose the top-tier Denali trim, which brings hand-stitched leather upholstery and wood trim on the dashboard. The same can't be said of the 2023 Sequoia, which feels a little bit less special even with similar materials. Both vehicles have multi-zone climate control, powered and heated front seats, and touch-screen infotainment displays. As you’d expect, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are standard on all variants of the 2023 Yukon and the 2023 Sequoia. You can also select a Bose sound system upgrade to elevate the aural experience in the 2023 Yukon’s cabin.
The 2023 Yukon comes with two gasoline engines and one diesel engine. Let's check out the gasoline engines first, which are brawny V8s that befit a true American full-size hero. The 5.3-liter unit produces 355 horsepower, and the 6.2-liter unit churns out 420 horsepower. Then, there’s a 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 280 horsepower. All engines pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and buyers get to pick between a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel-drive system. For those who need to venture off-road, there's an AT4 trim that brings a two-speed transfer case, underbody skid plates, 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, and optional air suspension with height adjustment.
The 2023 Sequoia comes with Toyota’s iForce Max hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with an electric motor for a total output of 437 horsepower. This is sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission, and you can select an all-wheel-drive system if desired. There's also an off-road-oriented TRD Pro variant that brings some changes, such as a locking rear differential and off-road tires.
The 2023 Yukon and 2023 Sequoia offer at least eight airbags, stability control, child safety locks, daytime running lamps, brake assist, automated emergency braking, and forward-collision warning. You can also option adaptive cruise control with hands-off driving and lane-departure warning.
The 2023 Sequoia may seem like a compelling choice, but the sheer space and ambiance of the 2023 Yukon’s cabin firmly places it as the winner of this GMC vs. Toyota matchup. In the full-size segment, interior space is king, and the Yukon offers it in spades for passengers as well as cargo. Backed by brawny V8s or a torquey turbodiesel, the 2023 Yukon is all the car you’ll ever need, plus more. So swing by David Scott Lee Buick GMC in Crestview, FL, and test drive one today.