A new Sequoia has finally arrived and it might make you forget about another large Toyota.
Toyota has gradually been revitalizing its lineup of dated large trucks and SUVs, a process that began with the unveiling of the all-new Tundra last year. It's now the turn of the full-size Sequoia three-row SUV. The outgoing Toyota Sequoia had been on sale for well over a decade and was in dire need of replacement since newer rivals like the latest Chevrolet Tahoe had arrived on the scene, but its extended production run is also an indication of how much value is placed on Toyota durability above all else. The new Sequoia arrives with a Capstone luxury trim and a twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain with 437 horsepower. It's also got a butch new appearance and a fresh cabin. Is the Sequoia once again worthy of a spot on the podium in its segment?
The Toyota Sequoia release date has been set for the summer of 2022 in the USA, so there should still be some time to get your hands on the outgoing model if big, thirsty V8s are your thing. Hopefully, the new one will be coming out earlier in summer rather than later.
As is often the case with the unveiling of a brand-new model, Toyota is remaining tight-lipped on pricing for now, saying only that this will be shared closer to the on-sale date. As a reference point, the 2022 Sequoia will cost just over $50,000 for the entry-level version. As far as rivals go, the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe also begins at an MSRP of just over $50,000. We expect the 2023 Toyota Sequoia price to increase, but it is likely to still begin at under $55,000 for the base trim. Then again, since the new Sequoia has a much more powerful and complex standard engine, this factor could raise the price of the base model.
With a similar grille and headlight design as the latest Tundra pickup, the 2023 Sequoia is a far more imposing vehicle than before. From every angle, the new model has tauter, more muscular sheetmetal. The grille has grown, the new headlights are modern, and the wheel arches now have a squarer design. The previous model's anonymous rear end has been replaced by sleek taillights and large SEQUOIA lettering. The base SR5 comes with a hands-free liftgate and standard 18-inch wheels, but upper trims have 20-inch items. Further up in the range, the Sequoia gets a panoramic moonroof and, in the case of the TRD Pro, a front skid plate and a heritage-inspired TOYOTA grille.
The Toyota Sequoia colors that will be available include Lunar Rock, Blueprint, Midnight Blue Metallic, and premium shades like Wind Chill Pearl. Overall, the Toyota Sequoia exterior redesign has been a success in our eyes.
Official Toyota Sequoia dimensions have yet to be revealed but it does appear bigger than the model it replaces. The outgoing model is over 200 inches in length, has a height of 77 inches, and has a width of nearly 80 inches, so the new one will take up plenty of space on the road. That's just fine since Americans are unlikely to tire of full-size SUVs anytime soon.
Whereas the previous model used a large-capacity, naturally-aspirated V8, the new Toyota Sequoia SUV steps up its game with a smaller engine supplemented by electrification and turbocharging. The V6 hybrid i-FORCE MAX engine's specifications are already known from the new Tundra. It produces 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque, and the 9,000-pound maximum towing capacity is an improvement of almost 22 percent. This Toyota Sequoia engine should make for a quicker 0-60 mpg time than before, and we expect that mpg ratings will improve dramatically.
Paired with this high-tech powerplant is a ten-speed automatic transmission. Both two- and four-wheel-drive derivatives will be on offer. Sharing its architecture with the new Tundra and Lexus LX, the body-on-frame Sequoia will be a competent vehicle both on- and off-road. A load-leveling rear height control air suspension and adaptive variable suspension are available, and in a first for the Sequoia, a TRD Off-Road package will be available for SR5 and Limited 4x4 models. This adds a selectable locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select, TRD-tuned Bilstein monotube shocks, and Crawl Control.
A flexible three-row configuration allows customers to set up the Toyota Sequoia interior space for the best balance of cargo space and people-carrying duties. The second row features a bench or individual captain's chairs depending on the trim. Both second and third rows can recline, and a power-folding mechanism for the third row is available. As before, the Toyota Sequoia seats up to eight occupants.
The range begins with the SR5, which comes with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a panoramic view monitor, and a moonroof. Upper trims add features like a 14-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia display, SofTex upholstery, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, a head-up display, and wireless charging. The luxury-oriented Capstone is a new addition this year and significantly moves the game on inside the Sequoia. This high-end derivative comes with semi-aniline leather upholstery, authentic American Walnut trim with an open-pore finish, and acoustic glass for the front doors.
As for the Toyota Sequoia trunk space you can expect, the company hasn't yet revealed specific cargo area specs, but there is a new Adjustable Cargo Shelf System - this is a removable shelf that can be positioned in several ways. The third row's ability to slide by six inches is another feature that adds to the flexibility of the cabin.