The aging off-roader has some new updates for MY22.
The three-row, eight-passenger 2022 Toyota Sequoia made its debut on Wednesday. Not much has changed for the full-size SUV and that's a shame. In sales, it gets handily defeated by the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and the Nissan Armada. Those have all been refreshed recently, but while the Tundra was recently overhauled for 2022, the current-generation Sequoia has been plodding along since 2007.
The engine compartment stays the same for the new year with a 5.7-liter V8 as your only option. Here it makes 381 hp and 401 lb-ft with a six-speed transmission. The Sequoia only comes with all-wheel drive but can tow 7,400 pounds when properly equipped.
The Nightshade Edition returns for 2022 with dark interior and exterior trim. It joins the SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Pro, Limited, and Platinum trims. A new color called Wind Chill Pearl will replace both Blizzard Pearl and Super White. The Nightshade is only available in that Wind Chill Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic.
The biggest thing the Sequoia has going for it is its extra-large size. It can be configured for seven passengers with captain's chairs in the second row, which also slide 5.9 inches fore and aft. Second-row legroom is measured at more than 40 inches, which Toyota notes is "on par with full-size luxury sedans." Those seats also fold flat and flip, for easy entry into the third row, which can also recline.
It has a ton of space for cargo too, with 66.6 cubic feet of space with five passengers and 120 cubic feet with both rows folded and two passengers in front. When needed the Sequoia can fit cargo up to 11 feet long, bigger than the size of an average kayak. It also has a power window in the liftgate, which can be used when materials go even longer than 11 feet.
The TRD Pro returns for the new year as the company's toughest version of the big SUV. It comes with Fox internal bypass shocks, which are usually soft but firm up through the piston stroke to avoid bottoming out over obstacles. It also comes with bigger Toyota lettering on the grille, Rigid fog lights, skid plates, special wheels, and running boards.
At the rear, a TRD cat-back exhaust system pokes out with a black chrome tip on the Pro, which probably sounds good, though Toyota still uses sound cancellation to improve the in-cabin noise. Inside, the TRD Pro buyers get leather seats with red stitching, TRD Pro logos, and all-weather floor mats.
A seven-inch touchscreen is standard on all models. The standard stereo is an eight-speaker system with Android Auto, Alexa, and Apple CarPlay. The Limited model gets a 12-speaker stereo, navigation, and voice recognition. Top models get a 14-speaker JBL system.
The 2022 Toyota Sequoia starts at $50,500 before destination and handling ($1,495), which is $400 more than last year's starting price. The TRD Sport is next up at $53,215 followed by the Limited at $59,520. The Nightshade has an MSRP of $60,605, the TRD Pro asks $64,625, and the top Platinum trim will set you back $66,550.