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2023 Toyota Sequoia Review: Specs and Pricing

Updated: Mar 2


Toyota Sequoia

OVERVIEW


The Toyota Sequoia has always been a three-row, full-size SUV built on the Tundra pickup truck's chassis. The new generation, which will debut for the 2023 model year, won't alter that. The second-generation Sequoia it replaces, which is out-of-date and has been available for more than ten years, is far more modern than the new model, which has been replaced.


The Tundra's iForce MAX hybrid powertrain, which combines a 3.4-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor for a total of 437 horsepower, is standard on the new Sequoia. It has a three-row cabin with space for up to eight passengers and a huge touchscreen with the most recent software inside.

The Toyota Sequoia's interior space and cargo area limit its usefulness, even while modernization provides it a better opportunity to compete with rivals like the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition.


What Has Changed For 2023?


The Toyota Sequoia was completely revamped for 2023, and this third-generation vehicle is a significant advancement over its forerunner. The new Sequoia sports a more aggressive exterior design and a contemporary interior that is noticeably more luxurious.


A brand-new infotainment system, and a V6 hybrid powertrain that is both more potent and more efficient than the V8 engine it replaces. The Sequoia's towing capacity is also around 2,100 pounds higher than that of the outgoing model, despite a significant 33 cubic feet reduction in total load volume.


2023 Toyota Sequoia: Engine And Performance


The iForce MAX hybrid powertrain, which is an option on the Tundra truck, is standard on the Sequoia. A twin-turbo 3.4-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor combine to produce a total of 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque in this combination. The Sequoia SUV also features the same 10-speed automatic transmission as the Tundra.


Four-wheel drive is optional on most versions but standard on the off-road-focused TRD Pro model. Rear-wheel drive is the standard. The Sequoia Capstone we tested with four-wheel drive reached 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and completed a quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 94 mph. Although a little slower than the Ford Expedition Timberline, that is faster than the previous GMC Yukon Denali we tested.


A front skid plate, a locking rear differential, improved Fox dampers, forged 18-inch wheels, and 33-inch tires are further off-road features included with the TRD Pro. We were thrilled with the Sequoia's quiet cabin and pleasant ride during our first test drive, but less so with how it handled on the road.


While cruising, its light steering effort can feel jittery due to its extra-wide feeling on the road, which is a problem we've also mentioned with other large SUVs. We'll put the Sequoia through its paces on our test track as soon as we have a chance, and we'll update this article with the findings.



2023 Sequoia: Interior And Comfort


The new Toyota Sequoia's interior vastly outperforms the previous generation. From the dashboard to the door panels, the cabin is boldly styled and attractive. It features many padded and soft-touch surfaces, as well as luxurious wood and metal accents on higher trim levels. There isn't much road or wind noise coming from the front, and everything feels sturdy and well-built.


The Sequoia's material quality does, however, degrade as you sit further back. The third row of passengers is furnished with cheap-looking plastics that should withstand scrapes and spilled beverages but don't feel particularly upscale.


2023 Toyota Sequoia: Connectivity


The huge 14.0-inch touchscreen featured in the Tundra has replaced the obsolete touchscreen system present in the original Sequoia. The latest infotainment software from Toyota will be used on this screen, which is a standard feature on all models other than the base SR5. It features a Wi-Fi hotspot and a variety of audio streaming options in addition to smartphone mirroring.


2023 Toyota Sequoia: Pricing


The base MSRP of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia is $58,300, making it one of the full-size SUVs with the highest starting prices. For the midrange Limited and Platinum trims, the cost increases to $64,700 and $70,900, respectively. Starting at $75,300 is the range-topping Capstone. The Sequoia is Toyota's top-tier SUV model, sitting above the Highlander and 4Runner.


Which One To Purchase?


The Limited trim seems to be the most cost-effective in the selection. Despite being only one level above the base SR5, it has a tonne of extra features as usual. A bigger 14.0-inch touchscreen, a power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, and a power-folding third row are among of the features on this list.


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