One of largest vehicles you can buy, the Sequoia is every inch a traditional SUV. You get uncompromising room, power, and off-road capability in a family-friendly package that's at once inviting and intimidating.
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2016 Toyota Sequoia Overview
What's New for 2016
Last year's Sport package has been dropped.
Choosing Your Toyota Sequoia
If the Sequoia looks huge to you, that's because it is. You get room for eight passengers and up to 120 cubic feet of cargo space, a lot even for a full-size SUV. The second row is split into three sections that slide and recline independently, and even the third row reclines.
Motivation comes from a 5.7-liter V8 engine that develops 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The available four-wheel drive system features low-range gearing and a locking limited-slip center differential for true off-road ability. Towing capacity maxes out at 7,400 pounds. All models carry a six-speed automatic transmission.
As in previous years, the Sequoia is offered in SR5, Limited, and Platinum trim levels:
There are no further options for the Sequoia beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.
The SR5's $4,070 Premium package doesn't make much sense to us. You can get all that and a great deal more by simply upgrading to the Limited.
2016 Toyota Sequoia Review
Full-size SUVs with body-on-frame setups are endangered, as crossovers continue running them off dealer lots. Toyota, however, has figured out how to make the two segments coexist, as it continues to offer the Sequoia and its assortment of crossovers. So, does this blast-from-the-past SUV still have what it takes to lure in buyers?
Continue reading our review of the 2016 Toyota Sequoia to find out.
Pricing and Equipment
The Sequoia is a big, well-equipped SUV, so a price tag to match its massive footprint is expected. The 2016 Sequoia starts out at a $44,965 for the SR5 trim. Fortunately, even in this base trim level, the Sequoia comes impressively equipped with features like:
- Fog lights
- Chrome grille surround
- Heated power mirrors
- Power sunroof
- 18-inch alloy wheels
Are you looking for something with even more features? No problem. The 2016 Sequoia also has Limited and Platinum trims available, and they start from $53,755 and $61,495, respectively. Buyers can also modify their models with optional packages, like the Sport Package for the SR5 or the Safety and Convenience Package for the Limited trim.
A snarling V8 engine makes towing a breeze, plus it allows this big SUV to accelerate quickly. Ride quality is also pretty good, considering it is a body-on-frame SUV.
- Easily tows up to 7,400 pounds, thanks to its 401 pound-feet of torque.
- Sub-seven-second 0-t0-60 mph time is impressive for this huge SUV.
- Independent suspension allows for a better ride than most big SUVs.
- Fuel economy ratings are comically low for a modern family hauler; 17 mpg highway and 13 mpg city are likely to put a big dent in your bank account.
- Its large stature also doesn't make for easy navigation of parking lots.
- The Sequoia's interior is very functional, and its various, chunky knobs and buttons are easy to use.
- There are plenty of high-end appointments.
The cabin's design may be a little too bold for some buyers; features that feel like those you'd find in a pickup may not sit too well with true luxury SUV buyers.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
A large SUV like this is not a vehicle anyone would associate with speed. The Sequoia’s 5.7-liter V8 is, however, surprisingly powerful, resulting in better-than-expected performance in a straight line. This also allows it to tow with the best of them, making it a great option for families with small boats, or who often haul toys in a trailer.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
That fuel economy. In 2015, 13 mpg is reserved for supercars and muscle cars, not family-hauling SUVs. Any buyers who plan to commute in this beast had better plan to budget for plenty of fuel each month.
The Bottom Line
The Sequoia is a great option for large families who do a lot of towing. Just make sure to figure in your daily commute before committing to buying the 2016 Sequoia, as the low fuel economy is a quick way to throw money away.