2023 Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy Figures Are Massively Impressive

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The 437-hp V6 twin-turbo hybrid bests outgoing V8, which had dismal MPG ratings.

Toyota's on a roll. The company has been hard at work pumping out new designs geared toward the track and the trails. Perhaps that's why it's held off on updating the family-hauler Sequoia, which received an all-new design for the first time since 2007.

We've tested the Toyota Sequoia before, and we can tell you it is competing well in a crowded market. Competition is stiff and includes the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and the luxurious Nissan Armada. Toyota needed to make the Sequoia stand out as best it can and the hybrid powertrain's fuel economy numbers definitely help. We now know what these improved MPG figures from the EPA are.

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The numbers represent an impressive increase over the last-gen Sequoia's fuel mileage. The 2023 Sequoia in 2WD guise is rated for 21/24/22 mpg city/highway/combined, showing improvements of 8/7/7 mpg, respectively.

Equipping the Sequoia with 4WD will see numbers drop by two mpg across the board, to 19/22/20 mpg. In all, these numbers are close to the fuel stats of the Tundra pickup but trump other gasoline-powered rivals like the Chevrolet Tahoe, which only manages 15/20/17 mpg in 5.3-liter V8 form, and the Ford Expedition (17/23/19 mpg).

The only way the GM competition would fare better is if the optional 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six diesel engine was equipped, netting it an impressive 21/28/24 mpg.

How did Toyota do this? Well, the Sequoia uses the same powertrain seen in the identical million mile-capable-Tundra. This means the 3.5-liter i-FORCE MAX twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain. The engine is bolted to a motor-generator fitted in transmission's bell housing, qualifying it as a hybrid. This means you can squeeze out almost 100 highway miles more out of the new Sequoia versus the outgoing one, bringing the driving range to 540 miles.

Gas mileage isn't the only place the Sequoia trumps its rivals. It'll tow more too. While the Tahoe is only capable of towing up to 8,400 lbs, the Sequoia can haul up to 9,520 lbs. The Ford Expedition is closest at 9,300 lbs.

The 2023 Sequoia will be available in SR5, Limited, Platinum, Capstone, and TRD Pro trims, the latter being 4WD-only. The new SUV arrives at dealers before the summer is out, priced from $58,300.

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