The Toyota Sequoia is an exciting option for people who are looking for a full-size SUV. It has been consistently ranked as one of the best in its class, due to its sheer strength, size, and affordability. It's renowned for its reliability when it comes to towing and family hauling. And if you wish to do some off-road driving, then the Toyota Sequoia is equally capable. Its four-wheel-drive system will enable you to venture into places that its competitors cannot manage. You will also love its smooth handling, plenty of cargo space, as well as high predicted reliability.

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Performance and Handling

The Toyota Sequoia comes standard with a 5.7-liter, V8 engine, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers an output of 381 hp, making it one of the most powerful engines in its class. Its acceleration is great, while its shifts are precise and smooth. As much as driving this full-size SUV might not compare with the lighter crossovers, the Toyota Sequoia is surprisingly easy to control. As much as it feels large, it navigates corners with ease and confidence. It's also equipped with an independent rear suspension, which helps to minimize lean, especially when you are driving in off-road tracks. And once you hit the smooth roads, you will enjoy a smooth driving experience. Its steering is precise and responsive. You can also lock the center differential to improve the vehicle's traction when you encounter loose terrain.

Trim Levels and Features

The Toyota Sequoia is available in four trims. They include Platinum, Limited, TRD Sport and SR5. All trims come with the standard 5.7-liter, V8 engine. Four-wheel drive is optional while rear-wheel drive comes standard in all trims. The Limited and SR5 trims have a seating capacity of 8 passengers while the Platinum trim has a seating capacity of 7, due to the inclusion of captain chairs in the second row.

The SR5 trim comes packed with plenty of standard features such as LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a moonroof, satellite radio, as well as tri-zone automatic climate control. It's also equipped with the Entune infotainment system, featuring a 6.1-inch touchscreen, an 8-speaker audio system, navigation, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features for the SR5 model include leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable passenger seats, a power liftgate, heated front seats, as well as an integrated navigation system.

When you step up to the TRD Sport, you will have access to all the features present in the base trim. You will also get 20-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, special exterior styling details, anti-sway bars, Bilstein shocks, as well as second-row captain's chairs. The Limited trim adds all the available features in the base trim such as heated front seats, leather upholstery, power-folding third-row seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat. On the other hand, the Platinum model comes with almost everything that you would find in a full-size SUV. It also adds adaptive air suspension, heated second-row passenger seats, a 14-speaker JBL stereo system, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. Considering that all trims come standard with a 5.7-liter, V8 engine, your decision will mostly depend on the features you need and your preferred seating capacity.


Federal testers gave the Toyota Sequoia a high safety score. Standard safety features in all models include rear-cross traffic alert, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist and a rearview camera. All models are also equipped with Toyota's Safety Sense package, which includes features like pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. The Toyota Sequoia outshines large SUVs when it comes to airbag protection. Apart from the front airbags, this large SUV is also equipped with seat-mounted side airbags, roll-sensing side curtain airbags, as well as front passenger and driver knee airbags.

Interior and Comfort

Whether you are driving this full-size SUV in the city or in the countryside, you will always experience serenity and comfort. Wind and tire noise are adequately suppressed. The cabin is spacious and the seats are comfortable even on longer trips. Seats are wide, with ample shoulder and legroom. As noted above, the Toyota Sequoia is equipped with tri-zone climate control, which helps to keep the cabin cozy at all times.


With a high-reliability rating, a powerful V6 engine, and a roomy cabin, the Toyota Sequoia is a solid vehicle for families looking for a large SUV. Its outstanding towing capabilities, remarkable interior comfort, and composed handling make it a joy to drive, whether you are dropping your kids to school or hitting off-road trails.

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