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MPG 13 City / 17 Highway
  • Eight-passenger capacity
  • Good towing ability
  • Impressive off-road capability
  • Many standard safety features
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Difficult to park
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The Toyota Sequoia arrived on the scene in the 2001 model year and really shocked Toyota lovers with is monstrous size and powerful V-8 engine. Through the years, the Sequoia has evolved slightly and now remains one of the few traditional body-on-frame SUVs left on the market.


For the 2013 model year, the Sequoia carries over its utilitarian look, but there are a few minor changes that make the Sequoia more desirable. The largest change for the 2013 model year is the elimination of the standard 4.6-liter V-8 engine, leaving the 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine as the only one available. This engine combines with a six-speed transmission and the SUV’s strong frame to allow it to tow up to a maximum of 7,400 pounds. The Sequoia’s large V-8 engine has a negative impact on fuel economy, as it gets 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway in its two-wheel-drive format, and 13 mpg city and 17 mpg highway with four-wheel drive. Also added in for the 2013 model is Toyota’s first rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system, Entune multimedia system and a blind spot monitor.

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The 2013 Sequoia comes in three trim levels: SR5, Limited and Platinum. The SR5 trim level acts as a base level for the full-size SUV, but it is touted as the best-equipped entry-level SUV in its class. The Limited trim level builds upon the SR5’s class-leading standard features with things like leather interior and an upgraded stereo. The Platinum package takes the Sequoia to a level that makes it competitive with some of the most luxurious SUVs on the market.

With gas prices on the rise, the full-size SUV market is starting to dry up, but there is still plenty of competition for the 2013 Sequoia. Leading the charge against the Sequoia is fellow Japanese automaker, Nissan, and its Armada, which has a 5.6-liter V-8 with 317 horsepower, cloth seating for eight, an 8,200-pound towing capacity and a $40,710 base MSRP. Next up is the 2013 INFINITI JX35, which has a 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, a 3,500-pound towing capacity, seven-person cloth seating and a $41,150 base MSRP. The 2013 GMC Yukon is yet another competitor and it features a 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine, an 8,500-pound towing capacity, cloth seating for eight people and a $40,435 base price.

The full-size SUV market has dwindled down to only a few stragglers and several are more glorified minivans than SUVs, but that simply offers buyers a wide array of styles and features to select from. Toyota needs to keep pace with its competition if it hopes to keep its aging body-on-frame SUV alive and well.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Toyota Sequoia
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2013 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7L V8

Recommended for: Buyers that need more luxury in their SUV

The Limited trim level takes the standard features from the SR5 and adds a few extra pieces of equipment. On the outside, the Limited adds in: chrome side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals, chrome door handles, 20-inch alloy rims with P275/55R20 tires, and power rear hatch. Inside the cabin, the Limited adds in: 14-speaker JBL audio system with a six-disc CD changer, USB port, iPod connectivity, auxiliary audio jack and Bluetooth connectivity, leather seating, 10-way power driver seat and four-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, steering-wheel-mounted climate control interface, Optitron instrument cluster, rear window shades, auto-dimming mirror with back-up camera display, and HomeLink.

2013 Toyota Sequoia
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2013 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7L V8

Recommended for: Buyers that don't mind paying a premium price for top-of-the-line features

The Platinum trim level is the premium trim level for the 2013 Sequoia and has a base MSRP of $59,345. It carries over many of the Limited’s standard features, but ads in luxury items that premium-SUV buyers would expect. On the outside, the Platinum package adds in: memory and puddle lights to the side-view mirrors, and 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the Platinum trim adds: 14-speaker JBL stereo system with hard-drive-based navigation, 7-inch touchscreen and Entune, rear-seat Blu-Ray player and 9-inch display, perforated leather seats, 12-way driver seat, seven-person seating, and wood-grain steering wheel accents.

2013 Toyota Sequoia
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2013 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7L V8

Recommended for: Buyers in need of an eight-passenger SUV with premium features and good towing

The SR5 trim level for the 2013 Sequoia acts as the base level, but it comes rather well equipped. On the outside, the SR5 trim level includes: automatic halogen headlights with cleaners, daytime running lights, fog lamps, chrome grille surround, heated power side-view mirrors, power moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in P275/65R18 tires, windshield wiper deicers, rear tinted glass, rear spoiler with integrated LED third brake light, roof rack, running boards, and mud flaps. Inside the SR5 Sequoia, it comes standard with: trio-zone auto air conditioning, eight-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD.MP3 capabilities, USB input and Bluetooth connectivity, multi-information display, compass, outside temperature gauge, eight way power driver seat, eight-person capacity, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, three 12-volt auxiliary power plugs, and quartz clock.

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