Re: Sequoia vs Yukon XL Size vs reliability. Need help
My wife and I have newborn twins and a 3 and a half year old, all in car seats, all set up in the middle row. My wife has a 2015 Yukon SLT, but not a XL. I have a 2014 Sequoia SR5 4x4.
The Yukon is nice, it's got all the updated gadgets and is definitely more flashy, but feels less like a truck to me and more flimsy in areas. Where to me, the Sequoia feels and drives solid.
To me, the drive is extremely bouncy in the GMC to the point I brought it in to the dealer because I thought there was a failure with the suspension (just driving over a speed bump I feel like I'm in that scene from Ferris Bueller where the valet guys jump the Ferrari), but GMC said it's supposed to bounce like that. And it makes winding noises when you turn the wheel, but GMC also said it's supposed to make that sound. But my many Toyotas never made sounds like that nor did their ride ever compel me to brace myself out of fear of head trauma every time before I drove over railroad tracks.
Regarding reliability, in the 10K miles my wife put on her Yukon, we've brought it in for a check engine light from a bad gas cap, exterior appliqués falling off in the rain, a rubber gasket continuously falling off the back door area, and the ride issues. All covered by warranty, but all annoying. In 15K miles, I've only brought my Sequoia in to the dealer for oil changes.
Unless the XL has more leg room in the second and third rows than a normal Yukon, I think my Sequoia has more leg room than my wife's Yukon. And we need it, I'm 6'6, my wife is 5'10, and my 3 and a half year old is almost 4 feet tall. The cargo area of a normal Yukon is definitely cramped, I think more cramped than the Sequoia. The XL hopefully will give you the extra room you need.
I like my Sequoia but a few very noticeable things that the Yukon beats the Sequoia on is gas mileage and it is updated and looks modern (and I feel guilty saying this, but I think the new Yukons looks nicer than a stock Sequoia). All of these points are biggies. If I didn't buy a year old Sequoia used for $20K+ less than a new one, I wouldn't have got it because I can't justify in my mind buying something that has not been updated in so long for over $50K. But for less than $30K and under 40K mile, it was justifiable to me.
Regarding making more space in the cargo area of the Sequoia, you can remove that cargo area trunk lid, then unbolt the internal bin to make it deeper. But I'm unsure if that'll be deep enough for your purpose.
2014 Sequoia SR5 with many mods and more to come.
Last edited by MoSeq; 08-05-2016 at 09:52 PM.