We drive the 2020 Toyota Sequoia

2020 Toyota Sequoia
2020 Toyota Sequoia

The current Toyota Sequoia has been with us for over 10 years. The Sequoia has been one of our favorites with its roomy interior and powerful engine. It remains one of the few full size V8 SUVs that you can buy and if you need something big then the Sequoia could be the one for you. We tried one and wanted to see if we still like the current version.

If you want room, the Sequoia is for you. Choose from SR5, TRD Sport, Limited and Platinum and TRD Pro in two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Sequoia offers lots of room at every grade.

The Sequoia interior is a quiet, comfortable space for the family to spend time on the road. The overall design and exterior features have been shaped to minimize wind noise, which helps keep the cabin serene. This is an excellent family road trip vehicle. Wide-opening rear doors ease passenger ingress/egress and child seat installation.

Seats fold flat
Seats fold flat

When folding the second- and third-row seats flat, the Sequoia can swallow up to 120.1 cubic feet of whatever needs carrying – even objects up to 11 feet long. Extra-large cup/bottle holders outnumber passengers two to one which is something that the kids will appreciate.

The versatile 40/20/40 split second-row bench-type seat allows a variety of combinations, augmented by a seat-slide adjustment range of 5.9 inches.

The middle row folds flat and there’s a one-touch easy-slide feature to make it easy for passengers to enter the third row. In place of the standard center bench-style seat, second-row captain seats are available for a 7-seat cabin which is a poor decision in our opinion.

The third-row seat, which is fully hospitable for adult humans, is split 60/40 and can even recline. The third row also easily folds flat, a task made even more convenient by the power tilting and folding feature.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]The rear liftgate features a power rear window that features auto up/down, jam protection and defogger, and opens up a huge cargo area. The independent rear suspension plays a large part in allowing for the third row’s roominess, which offers adult-size legroom. Second-row legroom is full-size sedan-like at 40.9 inches.

Sequoia’s power comes from its dual-overhead cam 5.7-liter, which produces 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. The V8 is paired with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and only requires 87 octane fuel. That is a good thing because you will need a lot of fuel since the Sequoia is rated at 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway (18 mpg with 2WD).

If you want to tow, you will appreciate the big V8 and the 6000 pound curb weight. You need big to tow big and the Sequoia can tow up to 7400 pounds. The Sequoia’s standard tow hitch is integrated into the frame as a single unit for added strength and durability. Tow/Haul mode modifies shift points for optimal towing performance, while standard Trailer Sway Control uses the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help counteract handling forces that can lead to trailer sway.

It's big
It's big

A standard rearview camera helps when parking or positioning a trailer. The backup camera is displayed on the 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen display.

The Sequoia is a great vehicle and there is nothing wrong with it but it is starting to look old. The competition offers more power and better efficiency. As an example, the Ford Expedition gives you more power, four more gears in the transmission, gets better fuel economy and can tow up to 9300 pounds.

What’s cool about the Sequoia could be its charm and classic Toyota reliability. The old school engine and transmission are proven with millions on the road and the bugs have been worked out. Repair costs are also much lower than the new high-tech machines.

The Sequoia is an expensive machine with prices starting out at just around $50,000. Go with the higher trim levels and you can hit $65,000 for one.

At those prices, you are better off buying a Highlander which is a lot cheaper but the Highlander can’t do many of the things that the Sequoia does and that is what makes the Sequoia so special.

Technical Specifications

Front head room 35 "
Rear head room 35 "
Front shoulder room 66 "
Rear shoulder room 66 "
Front hip room 63 "
Rear hip room 60 "
Front leg room 42.5 "
Rear leg room 40.9 "
Luggage capacity 18.9 Cu.Ft.
Maximum cargo capacity 120.1 Cu.Ft.
Standard seating 7
Length 205.1 "
Body width 79.9 "
Body height 77.0 "
Wheelbase 122.0 "
Ground clearance 9.6 "
Curb 6,000 Lbs.
Gross weight 7,300 Lbs.
Fuel tank capacity 26.4 Gal.
EPA mileage estimates 13 City / 17 Hwy
Base engine size 5.7 Liters
Base engine type V-8
Horsepower 381 Hp
Horsepower rpm 5,600
Torque 401 Lb-Ft.
Torque rpm 3,600
Payload 1,300 Lbs.
Maximum towing capacity 7,000 Lbs.
Drive type Four-Wheel
Turning radius 19.0 ''
Warranty – Basic (mths/miles) 36/36,000
Warrranty – Powertrain (mths/miles) 60/60,000
Warranty – Corrosion perforation (mths/miles) 60/Unlimited
Warranty – Roadside assistance (mths/miles) 24/25,000
Warranty – Maintenance (mths/miles) 24/25,000
Engine 5.7L V-8
Engine – valvetrain DOHC
Recommended fuel Regular Unleaded
Brakes 4-Wheel Disc
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) 4-Wheel
Brake assist Std
Drive type Four-Wheel
4WD shift Electronic
Exhaust Stainless Steel
Steering Rack And Pinion
Speed sensitive steering Std
Suspension tuning Regular
Ride control Adaptive Variable Suspension System (AVS)
Adaptive suspension Std
Height adjustable suspension Automatic W/Driver Control
Automatic level control Rear
Front suspension type Double Wishbone
Front anti-roll bar Std
Front shocks Gas-Pressurized
Front springs Coil
Rear suspension type Double Wishbone
Rear anti-roll bar Std
Rear shocks Gas-Pressurized
Rear springs Air
Electronic stability system VSC
Sequential shift control Std
Transmission 6-Spd Auto W/OD
Axle ratio 4.30
Locking/limited slip differential Std
Remote vehicle starting system Std
Traction control ABS And Driveline
Tachometer Std
Trip computer Std
Water temp gauge Std
Voltage gauge Std
Low fuel warning Std
Service interval warning Std
Lighting – glovebox Std
Lighting – map lights Front And Rear
Lighting – dome light Fade
Lighting – cargo light Std
Illuminated vanity mirrors Driver And Passenger
Rear window defogger Std
Rear view mirror Auto-Dimming Day-Night
Mirrors – visor vanity mirrors Driver And Passenger
Seatback storage pockets 2
Tilt-Wheel adjustable steering column Std
Steering wheel material Leather/Simulated Wood
Air conditioning, front Dual Zone Automatic
Air filter Std
Air conditioning, rear With Separate Controls
Underseat ducts Std
Auxiliary visors Dual
Cargo concealed storage Std
Cargo net Opt
Cargo tie downs Std
Clock In-Dash
Cupholders Front And Rear
Gear shift knob trim Leather/Simulated Wood
Overhead console Mini With Storage
Floor console Full
Floor mats Carpeted Front And Rear
Instrumentation Analog
Oil pressure gauge Std
Airbags, frontal Driver And Front Passenger
Airbags, side impact Seat Mounted, Driver And Passenger
Airbags, side curtain Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row
Airbags, knee protection Driver And Passenger
Height adjustable safety belts Front And Rear
Seatbelt pre-tensioners Front
Exterior light control Fully Automatic
Antenna Window Grid
Body material Fully Galvanized Steel
Paint Clearcoat Monotone
Grille trim Chrome
Fog/driving lights Front
Door count 4 Doors
Rear cargo door Power Liftgate
Tinted windows Deep
Rear window type Power
Mirrors Dual Power Remote W/Tilt Down
Heated door mirrors Std
Mirrors, auto dimming Driver And Passenger
Sunroof 1st Row Regular Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass
Spoiler Lip
Roof rack Std
Rear step bumper Std
Tires P275/55HR20.0 BSW M+S
Wheels 20" Machined W/Painted Accents Aluminum
Spare tire and wheel Full-Size Steel
Windshield wipers – front Variable Intermittent
Rear window wipers Fixed Interval
Running boards Std
Mud flaps Std
Headlights LED Low/High Beam
Delay off headlamps Std
Headlight washer Std
Daytime running lights Std
Exterior temperature display Std
Compass Std
Cruise control Std
Adaptive cruise control Std
12V DC power outlet 4
Ashtray Std
Front windows Power
Rear windows Power
1-touch window up Driver And Passenger
1-touch window down Driver And Passenger
Programmable garage door opener Std
Remote trunk release Power
Retained accessory power Std
Occupancy sensor Std
In-Vehicle Assistance Service Safety Connect With 1-Year Trial
Door curb lights 4
Illuminated entry Std
Parking assist Std
Remote keyless entry Keyfob (All Doors)
Keyless access system Std
Panic alarm Std
Door locks Power With 2 Stage Unlock
Content theft deterrent alarm system Std
Ignition disable Std
Lane departure warning Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
First aid kit Opt
Blind spot sensor Std
Low tire pressure warning Std
Radio SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan
Auxiliary input jack Std
Steering wheel audio controls Std
Voice recognition Std
Speakers 15 JBL
Amplifier 440W
Speed sensitive Volume Std
Entertainment system With Blu-Ray
Navigation system Dynamic Navigation With Up To 3-Year Trial With Voice Activation
1st row LCD screen 2
2nd row LCD screen 1
Bluetooth Compatibility Std
Front seat type Bucket
Standard seating 7 Passengers
Front driver seat direction controls 10-Way Power
Front passenger seat direction controls 4-Way Power
Lumbar support Driver
Front armrests Center Sliding
Front head restraints Adjustable
Heated front seats Driver And Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Heated-Seatback
Cooled front seats Driver And Passenger
Memory Driver
Rear seats Bucket
Rear armrest Std
Rear head restraints 2 – Adjustable
Heated rear seats Std
3rd row seats 60-40 Split-Bench
Seat trim Leather
3rd row fold into floor Power

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