The 2021 Toyota Sequoia hasn’t been absolutely redesigned in ages, a actuality fabricated abnormally accessible by the bulk of new rivals in this segment. With three rows of seats and a apartment of accepted driver-assistance technology, the Sequoia is accordant alone to families who appetite a ample SUV with Toyota’s acceptability for reliability. Inside, there’s an absorbing bulk of amplitude for all passengers, but the actual affection and all-embracing clarification are disappointing. Every archetypal has a able V-8 powertrain that can be commutual with four-wheel drive, but ammunition ability is poor, and the SUV’s 7000-pound towing accommodation is beneath than what competitors can pull. While the 2021 Sequoia calendar includes the TRD Pro—one of the bigger off-road options in this class—the SUV’s architecture and active amenities accept contrarily exceeded their cessation dates.
For 2021, the sole change to the Sequoia calendar is the accession of the new Nightshade model. Essentially an actualization package, it appearance atramentous 20-inch auto and blurred chrome on the grille, aperture handles, ancillary trim, and badging. The Nightshade Sequoia additionally has atramentous covering upholstery and is accessible in Wind Chill Pearl, Magnetic Gray, and Midnight Black.
Compared with best of its classmates, the Sequoia has one of the accomplished starting prices. While its fanciest trim akin comes in beneath $70,000, that affectionate of money could additionally get you a top-of-the-line Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon. We’d aerate the Sequoia’s bulk by afraid with the well-equipped abject SR5 model. It comes loaded with accepted disciplinarian assists, abounding of which bulk added on the competition. The SR5 seats eight with a accepted second-row bank seat; seven-seat Sequoias are accessible with captain’s chairs. Adding four-wheel drive costs $3255 on the SR5, but it provides four-season aegis for those who charge it. The Exceptional amalgamation is the alone cogent advantage on this model, but we don’t anticipate its agreeable is account the ample price. Too bad it’s the alone way to get an SR5 with a covering interior, a exceptional audio system, and acrimonious advanced seats.
The Sequoia is accessible alone with a 381-hp V-8 agent akin to a six-speed automatic manual and either rear- or four-wheel drive. The Sequoia we activated was analytic quick about town, with a acknowledging gas pedal and a smooth-shifting transmission. It additionally had affluence of ability for artery amalgamation or passing. Although the Sequoia is congenital on a pickup-truck chassis, it still appearance a rear abeyance with a avant-garde design. While it abundantly abandoned us from the harshest bumps, too abounding all-overs and rattles entered the berth back we catholic over asperous surfaces. None of its rivals are decidedly fun to drive, either, but they tend to handle bigger and feel added composed. The Toyota’s ablaze council was accessible to ascendancy in bound spaces and while canoeing on the highway, but the absent acknowledgment added beneath its handling. The Sequoia’s anchor pedal was accessible to attune and firmed up afterwards antecedent inputs. The TRD Pro archetypal has accepted off-road accessories that includes a aerial suspension, able-bodied shock absorbers, and absolute auto with compact tires. While it can tow up to 7400 pounds, several competitors can cull addition 1000 pounds or more.
The Sequoia is a abundant drinker—of gasoline, that is. While abounding of its full-size classmates additionally accept an clamorous appetite for deposit fuels, the Toyota has the affliction EPA estimates and real-world ammunition abridgement of its class. The Sequoia we activated becoming 16 mpg on our artery fuel-economy analysis route, 1 mpg shy of its government rating. That cardinal is at atomic 2 mpg worse than that of every added battling we evaluated.
The cheap-looking plastics and blatant controls abide to date the Sequoia’s cabin. The big knobs and apparent buttons are acutely functional, though. Still, this SUV conspicuously lacks avant-garde features—such as a acrimonious council wheel, a head-up display, and massaging advanced seats—that are accessible on best rivals. Bodies who appetite a abiding autogenous bare of abounding options will acknowledge the Sequoia. Best anybody abroad will not. Thankfully, commuter amplitude is plentiful, with adequate legroom in all three rows. And the third row will authority adult-size bodies able-bodied enough. The Sequoia fits a advantageous bulk of attache baggage abaft the third row and with rear seats stowed. This is noteworthy because the Toyota doesn’t accept an continued adaptation for added burden accommodation like the Ford Expedition does. It additionally has abundant autogenous accommodation accumulator to annex as a traveling backyard sale.
The Sequoia calendar ships with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Toyota assuredly brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto adequacy to the table and makes both smartphone-friendly appearance standard. The Sequoia additionally has a Wi-Fi hotspot, which requires a cable afterwards the antecedent balloon period. A rear-seat ball arrangement is additionally available, as is an upgraded JBL audio system.
This bearing of Sequoia has not been crash-tested. However, Toyota stuffs every archetypal with a agglomeration of accepted assurance and driver-assistance technologies. While its competitors action best of the aforementioned equipment, these appearance are abundantly optional. This may advice absolve the Toyota’s ambiguous sticker price, but alone for those who appetite disciplinarian assists in the aboriginal place. Key assurance appearance include:
Toyota provides two years of adulatory appointed maintenance, which is aberrant in this segment. The aegis aeon in added categories is beneath absorbing but still competitive.
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
BASE PRICE $65,430
ENGINE TYPE DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, anchorage ammunition injectionDisplacement 346 in3, 5663 cm3Power 381 hp @ 5600 rpmTorque 401 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm