2020 Sequoia New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Toyota Sequoia is a big eight-passenger SUV that's built on the Tundra full-size truck chassis. It hasn't significantly changed in its 12 years. For 2020 it adds a TRD Pro model that's largely cosmetic, with all-terrain tires. The only other new thing for 2020 is that the base SR5 model gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The Sequoia is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 making 381 horsepower. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that needs two or three more gears to keep up with the times. It can tow 7,400 pounds.
Not surprisingly, gas mileage is low. With rear-wheel drive, the Sequoia is EPA-rated at 13 mpg city, 17 highway, 15 combined; with optional four-wheel drive it drops to 14 mpg combined.
The Sequoia hasn't been crash-tested. But there's a lot of standard safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, blind-sport monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and high-beam assist.
The Sequoia comes as SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, Platinum and the new TRD Pro models.
The rear-wheel-drive SR5 runs about $51,200, and includes cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a power moonroof, LED headlights, a roof rack, running boards, 18-inch wheels, cloth seats, and adaptive cruise control. Add $3,200 for four-wheel drive.
The Limited adds $9,000, for which you get leather upholstery and 20-inch wheels.
The Platinum can cost nearly $70,000 with four-wheel drive. It comes with a Blu-ray player, heated and cooled front seats, a heated second row, keyless ignition, and JBL speakers.
The new TRD Pro is four-wheel drive, and costs $65,355.