The Sequoia needs an overhaul, and this update wasn't enough.
Toyota has been busy developing new models like the Prius Prime and the upcoming Supra. These cars show that the automaker is an advanced company that can innovate as well as any competitor...and then there's the Sequoia. If you're looking for a high-tech SUV that is very modern, the Sequoia is not for you. The current, second-generation Sequoia was revealed back in 2007 and hasn't changed much since. Toyota has just "updated" it for 2017. We barely noticed any differences with the "new" model.
For 2017, the Sequoia comes in three trim levels. The base SR5 model starts at $45,460 before delivery. This is certainly not expensive when you consider how big the car is, but it isn't exactly a technology behemoth at this price. Standard amenities include steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, towing package, seating for eight, and an eight-way power driver seat. The Limited trim adds parking sonar, a power lift gate, power third-row seats, a 10-way adjustable driver seat, and heated leather front seats. The Platinum trim gets you 12-way adjustable seats, air suspension, memory seats, laser cruise control, and rear-seat Blue-Ray with wireless headphones.
As it was in 2007, the Sequoia is still powered by a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque going to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sequoia comes in either RWD or AWD, and can tow up to 7,400 lbs. The Sequoia has never been a bad car, but it is starting to show its age. Even the Nissan Armada, which hadn't been updated since 2004, got a complete refresh this year. One of the biggest problems with the Sequoia is its poor fuel economy at 13 city/17 highway. Full-size SUVs just aren't getting much attention in the market anymore, so it comes as no surprise that models like the Sequoia continue to go without major updates.