While Toyota may keep updating the specs and features of the Sequoia to keep it somewhat competitive, it hasn't done much to improve upon the design and aesthetics of the interior. Long story short, the interior of the Sequoia feels like an old truck garnished in semi-modern tech. There are plenty of cheap plastics on display and clever ergonomics don't play a particularly big role. That said, the cabin is spacious and comfortable. Many buyers still appreciate the old-school rugged aesthetic, but the Sequoia is not as refined as its similarly-styled rivals, such as the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe. It also lacks a lot of the comfort features we take for granted on many modern cars. The biggest selling point for Toyota's largest SUV is the fact the third row is spacious enough for adults, at least over short jaunts.
Seating and interior space is the Sequoia's saving grace since it offers three rows of seats and seating for up to eight adults. This is reduced to seven on models equipped with captain's chairs in the second row. Many automakers offer eight-seater vehicles, but the viability of their seating is questionable, more often than not. Hopefully, this is a strength that will make its way into the next-generation Sequoia. As it currently stands, passengers in the front row enjoy 42.5 inches of legroom and 34.8 inches of headroom. Those in the second row, regardless of whether it hosts a bench or captain's chairs, get 40.9 inches of legroom and 34.9 inches of headroom. The final row maintains almost the same headroom, at 34.5 inches, and only sacrifices a few inches of legroom, leaving 35.3 inches. An eight-way power driver's seat is standard, but it is upgraded with two additional directions on upper trims.
|Toyota Sequoia Trims||SR5||TRD Sport||Limited||Nightshade Edition||TRD Pro||Platinum|
|Headroom Front Seat||34.8 in.||34.8 in.||34.8 in.||34.8 in.||34.8 in.||34.8 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||34.9 in.||34.9 in.||34.9 in.||34.9 in.||34.9 in.||34.9 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.5 in.||42.5 in.||42.5 in.||42.5 in.||42.5 in.||42.5 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.||66.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||65.6 in.||65.6 in.||65.6 in.||65.6 in.||65.6 in.||65.6 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||62.5 in.||62.5 in.||62.5 in.||62.5 in.||62.5 in.||62.5 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||59.9 in.||59.9 in.||59.9 in.||59.9 in.||59.9 in.||59.9 in.|
The materials used inside the cabin of the Toyota are nothing to write home about. The build quality is also middling at best. The dash and door panels are awash with hard plastics, even on the top-tier TRD Pro or Platinum trims. This is a failing that the automaker has already addressed on its more modern nameplates, so hopefully, a new Toyota Sequoia will benefit from these broader enhancements.
The lower trim levels make do with cloth upholstery, which is durable and moderately comfortable, but not particularly plush. The leather on the upper trims is much more premium but equally rugged and long-lasting. Color choices reinforce this work-day mentality, with Graphite and Sand Beige cloth being the no-cost options offered on entry-spec models - it's worth noting that Sand Beige is only available to certain exterior colors. Upgrading to leather by means of the Premium Package costs $4,325 on base trims, and color options remain the same.
The TRD Sport is offered with Black cloth only, while the Nightshade and TRD Pro have the same color limitation in leather. The top-of-the-range Platinum gets the broadest choice for its perforated leather upholstery: Graphite, Sand Beige, and Red Rock. Your choices are further limited by exterior paint, since not every interior option can pair with every paint color.
The immense size of the Sequoia benefits it here again by endowing it with an enormous trunk. Many three-row vehicles end up sacrificing all their cargo capacity when the rear-most seats are in place, but the full-size Toyota SUV still supplies an impressive 18.9 cubic feet. Still, this isn't enough room for five people's luggage, let alone eight. For that kind of space, you'll need to fold down the third row, freeing up 66.6 cubic feet. Since many people will be moving only four or five people daily, this makes the Sequoia extremely practical. If you need to move house, folding down all the seats behind the first row opens up 120.1 cubic feet.
There is also a fair amount of small-item storage around the cabin, including a total of 16 cupholders (18 on Platinum trims). There is also a covered armest with a storage compartment and a spacious glove compartment. Each of the four doors houses a large pocket that can easily store a water bottle or more.
Despite having a broad range of trims, the Toyota Sequoia doesn't have the greatest list of features. There is enough for most people shopping in this economy segment. The base model gets tri-zone climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat, a power moonroof, as well as Toyota Safety Sense. This driver-assist suite includes forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, dynamic cruise control, and auto high beams, which bolsters the front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited and Platinum trims add a ten-way power driver's seat and a six-way power passenger seat, along with a power liftgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Nightshade Special Edition and TRD Pro boast heated front seats, which include ventilation on the Platinum. The second-row seats get heating on the top-tier trim, too.
Toyota has the technology to deliver modern infotainment suites with intuitive interfaces, but the Sequoia doesn't benefit from this expertise yet. For its size, it only gets a seven-inch touchscreen, which is difficult to interact with from the driver's seat. We can't fault it for the list of features though. The standard suite includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, HD Radio, and Bluetooth. eight speakers, while the mid-tier models upgrade to 12 speakers. Only the range-topping TRD Pro and Platinum trims get the 14-speaker JBL setup. The Platinum also gets a rear-seat entertainment system, which comprises a nine-inch display, two wireless headphones, and a Blu-ray player. The next-gen infotainment system will only be available on the new, 2023 Sequoia.