It could be that the specific model and size you bought for your Sequioa happens to be an OE tire on something else out in the market somewhere...and the performance of that tire could differ by a lot from the performance of the Pilot's OE tire...which could also differ by a lot from the performance of one size in that model line that's not an OE tire. I'm not saying that was the reason in your case, but just saying that it could be.That same model Continental is still in production and according to some comes on the Touring and Elite Pilots in 20”. Some give it good reviews for snow, maybe they updated the tread compound since mine which was back in probably ’08.
For example, I don't know which Continental model you bought in the past, but the CrossContact LX Sport, as an example, is a very common OE tire in Conti's portfolio. Most sizes are likely to be an OE contract tire for somebody. Conversely, a tire with a similar name, the CrossContact LX25, is a retail market tire and I don't think that tire has any OE fitments...meaning it performs like Continental would have it to perform, and not as an OE would have it to perform.
This is definitely one thing to consider when shopping. There are sometimes multiple part numbers, even in a single size. My mother-in-law has a 2019 Acura RDX with OE Conti CrossContact LX Sport in 235/55R19. There are no fewer than 10 different part numbers of that exact same model and size...one is OE for Acura/Honda, one for Alfa Romeo, two for Audi, one for Hyundai, one for Land Rover, one for Maserati, two for Mercedes (including an extended mobility one), and one for Volvo. Even if she went into a tire store and said she wanted the "same tire" put back on, she could get very different performance from a replacement set if it wasn't the exact part number used by Acura and Honda.