2019 Toyota Sequoia Reviews

2019 SequoiaNew Car Test Drive

The following review is for a 2018 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at.

Introduction

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. 

Lineup

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.). 

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