In a phase thick with large SUVs powered by V-8 engines, the Sequoia stands aside for its commonplace V-6 hybrid powertrain—a system that guarantees to save lots of gas with out sacrificing efficiency. The 437-hp iForce MAX powertrain is shared with the Tundra Hybrid pickup truck—as are the remainder of the Sequoia’s underpinnings—and it is stout sufficient to tow and haul with the very best of them. The cabin is outfitted properly with all of the anticipated tech goodies, and its rear seats are spacious sufficient for youths to get snug. Hauling adults again there’s a completely different story, because the third row is altogether too cramped. Cargo house behind the third row is proscribed too and, sadly, dropping the rearmost seats to suit extra stuff within the again is hindered by an uneven load flooring with a excessive lift-over top. Rivals such because the Chevy Tahoe and the Ford Expedition are merely extra sensible and versatile. But when what you are on the lookout for is an extra-large SUV with hybrid energy, the Sequoia is an effective—and your solely—selection.
What’s New for 2024?
The Restricted Nightshade mannequin joins the lineup for 2024 and comes with distinctive 20-inch TRD wheels painted in a matte black end to match different blacked-out exterior look gadgets. Platinum trims can now be had with the identical TRD Off-Highway package deal that was obtainable on the Restricted final yr. The package deal provides an off-road suspension system with Bilstein shocks, a skid plate, an electronically managed locking rear differential, off-road driving modes, a crawl management system, a hill-descent management operate, and some particular look gadgets. Restricted fashions with the TRD Off-Highway package deal now additionally include a blacked-out exterior look.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
The Restricted trim seems to supply the very best worth within the lineup. Though it is just one step up from the bottom SR5, it comes with a bunch of further goodies commonplace. These gadgets embrace a bigger 14.0-inch touchscreen, an influence liftgate, 20-inch wheels, heated-and-cooled entrance seats, and a power-folding third row.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
The Sequoia comes commonplace with the iForce MAX hybrid powertrain that’s optionally available within the Tundra pickup. This powertrain is comprised of a twin-turbo 3.4-liter V-6 engine and an electrical motor that produce a complete of 437 hp and 583 pound-feet of torque. The Tundra’s 10-speed automated transmission carries over to the Sequoia SUV as nicely. Rear-wheel drive is commonplace, with four-wheel drive optionally available on most variations—and commonplace on the off-road-oriented TRD Professional mannequin. The four-wheel-drive Sequoia Capstone we examined accelerated to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and reached a quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 94 mph. That is faster than the final GMC Yukon Denali we examined, however considerably slower than the Ford Expedition Timberline. The TRD Professional additionally comes with off-road gear similar to upgraded Fox dampers, a entrance skid plate, a locking rear differential, and solid 18-inch wheels with 33-inch tires. Throughout our initial test drive, we have been happy with the Sequoia’s snug trip and quiet cabin, however much less so with its on-road driving conduct. Its extra-wide feeling on the street makes it onerous to put in a lane—one thing we have complained about in different giant SUVs too—and its featherweight steering effort would not assist. Its brake pedal additionally has an oddly squishy really feel.
Gas Financial system and Actual-World MPG
The brand new Sequoia’s hybrid setup makes it significantly more efficient than the outgoing mannequin. Rear-wheel-drive fashions are EPA-rated at 21 mpg metropolis, 24 mpg freeway, and 22 mpg mixed. Choosing four-wheel drive drops these numbers a bit, to 19 mpg metropolis, 22 mpg freeway, and 20 mpg mixed. On our real-world 75-mph freeway gas economic system check, our Capstone check automobile managed solely 19 mpg. For extra details about the Sequoia’s gas economic system, go to the EPA’s website.
Inside, Consolation, and Cargo
The Sequoia’s giant inside continues on this new technology, with a 3rd row of seats as commonplace gear. A second-row bench setup with an eight-passenger capability is commonplace, with optionally available second-row captain’s chairs lowering the variety of seats to seven. Headroom is proscribed in each of the rear rows, notably when outfitted with the optionally available panoramic sunroof. With a variety of trim ranges obtainable, the inside appointments run the gamut from plain to fancy, and embrace material and leather-based upholstery and ranging ranges of wooden and chrome trim as you stroll up the value ladder. Greater trim ranges supply options like heated-and- cooled second-row seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a premium stereo system. The Sequoia’s cargo space is not as accommodating as different rivals, nevertheless. With the rear seat in use there’s solely 12 cubic ft of cargo house out again, and folding the third row down would not lead to a flat load flooring.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The previous Sequoia’s dated touchscreen setup has been swapped out for the massive 14.0-inch touchscreen discovered within the Tundra. This display comes commonplace on all however the base SR5 and can use Toyota’s newest infotainment software program, which gives all method of smartphone-mirroring and different connectivity choices together with a Wi-Fi hotspot and numerous music-streaming choices.
Security and Driver-Help Options
The entire Sequoia’s obtainable driver-assistance features come commonplace throughout the board. For extra details about the Sequoia’s crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embrace:
- Normal forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking
- Normal lane-departure warning and lane-keeping help
- Normal adaptive cruise management
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
Toyota’s restricted and powertrain warranties are just like lots of the Sequoia’s full-size SUV rivals. Nevertheless, Toyota does supply complimentary scheduled upkeep as a pleasant bonus.
- Restricted guarantee covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary upkeep is coated for 2 years or 25,000 miles
2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone
Automobile Sort: front-engine, rear/all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/As Examined: $80,095/$80,095
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.4-liter V-6, 389 hp, 479 lb-ft + AC motor, 48 hp, 184 lb-ft (mixed output: 437 hp, 583 lb-ft; 1.9-kWh nickel-metal hydride battery pack)
Transmission: 10-speed automated
Suspension, F/R: management arms/dwell axle
Brakes, F/R: 13.9-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Dueler H/T
265/50R-22 112H Additional Load M+S
Wheelbase: 122.0 in
Size: 208.1 in
Width: 79.6 in
Peak: 74.5 in
Passenger Quantity: 157 ft3
Cargo Quantity, behind first/second/third rows: 89/49/12 ft3
Curb Weight: 6179 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 5.6 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.3 sec @ 94 mph
100 mph: 16.4 sec
Outcomes above omit a 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 6.3 sec
High Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.4 sec
High Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.3 sec
High Velocity (gov ltd): 107 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 194 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.76 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Noticed: 16 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 20/19/22 mpg