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.