2018 Sequoia New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Sequoia was last redesigned for the 2008 model year, and it has changed little since. A full-size, truck-based SUV, it offers three rows of seating and a V8 engine.
2018 Sequoia models get new grilles and LED lighting for headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights. A new gauge cluster for 2018 includes a 4.2-inch display screen.
Also new for 2018, the Sequoia TRD Sport edition joins the lineup with more focus on off-road capabilities. Rolling on large (20-inch) black alloy wheels, the TRD Sport features black exterior accents, sport-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, and front/rear anti-sway bars.
Sequoia is powered by a reliable V8 and provides a well-composed ride. Sequoia can carry up to eight passengers. Folding the second- and third-row seats yields a massive 120 cubic feet of cargo space.
With its 5.7-liter V8 and truck-based chassis, a properly equipped Sequoia is rated to tow as much as 7,400 pounds. It works well for towing a small boat or light trailer.
Rated at 381 horsepower, the 5.7-liter V8 develops 401 pound-feet of torque, driving a 6-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.
We found it to be a dated product. It's inefficient compared with the latest crossover SUVs and the interior looks dated.
Standard active-safety technology includes lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. A rearview camera and front knee airbags are standard. Roll-sensing side-curtain airbags protect all three rows of seats.
Families that don't really need the timeworn Sequoia's carrying capacity and V8 vigor might consider a Highlander crossover SUV instead. At the other end of the scale, Toyota continues to offer its rough-and-ready Land Cruiser, also fitted with three seating rows. Smaller than Sequoia, the Land Cruiser promises hard-edged off-roading characteristics.
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia SR5 ($48,300) comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, power-adjustable driver's seat, Bluetooth connectivity, 6.1-inch touchscreen.
All Sequoias come standard with rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional ($3,225).
Sequoia Limited ($56,795) adds leather seat upholstery, 20-inch wheels, a power liftgate, and chrome accents.
Sequoia Platinum ($64,010) includes a rear-seat Blu-ray player, adaptive cruise control, and premium audio. A standard load-leveling rear suspension makes Platinum the logical choice for towing.
Sequoia TRD Sport features 20-inch wheels, blacked-out exterior trim, off-road shock absorbers, and other performance enhancements. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $1,295 destination charge.).