Toyota’s full-size SUV can carry a family of eight and all of their belongings in complete comfort, and still have enough power left over to tow a boat. Available in three trims with two- or four-wheel drive, the Sequoia is big on interior room, capability, and quality.
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2017 Toyota Sequoia Overview
What's New for 2017
The Toyota Sequoia continues largely unchanged for 2017.
Choosing Your Toyota Sequoia
The Sequoia’s slippery shape not only reduces drag, but keeps the cabin exceptionally quiet and comfortable for family outings. Large door openings make getting in and out a breeze.
The second row bench seat has a 40/20/40 split and can be folded flat, and slides easily to allow third-row access. Second row captain’s chairs are optional for seven-passenger seating. The third row is split 60/40 and is adequate for adults. It also folds, and even reclines. A power fold feature is available. With all the seats tucked away, the cavernous Sequoia can swallow 120.1 cubic feet of stuff and objects up to 11 feet long. The cargo area also comes with handy hooks for grocery bags.
The big ute is powered by Toyota’s 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine, making 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed transmission is standard and features a tow/haul mode, which modifies shift points for maximum performance. Properly equipped, the Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds.
The Limited and Platinum models offer many amenities that drivers want, but it might be more cost-effective to start with the SR5 and add options as necessary.
2017 Toyota Sequoia Review
The Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV based on the same Toyota Tundra pickup truck's platform. While it operates in a segment dominated by models produced by Ford and General Motors, it doesn't challenge either of them.
Pricing and Equipment
Prices for the 2017 Toyota Sequoia begin at $46,755 (including $1,195 for destination) for the base SR5 with two-wheel drive. Other trim choices include the Limited ($55,545) and Platinum ($63,285), both equipped with standard four-wheel drive. We think most shoppers will start their search with the Limited edition where they’ll find the following standard amenities:
- Power liftgate
- Leather seats
- Heated front-row seats
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Engine and transfer case skidplates
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Running boards with mudguards
- Roof rack
- Daytime running lights
- Second- and third-row retractable window sunshades
- 16 cup and bottle holders
Available packages, depending on trim include an JBL audio system ($745) and a Safety and Convenience Package ($1,005) that adds blind-spot monitoring and a driver's memory function. Finally, a $1,750 Safety and Convenience Package with Options adds tacks on the two more affordable option packages and lets owners choose between a second-row bench or captain's chairs. A rear-set Blu-ray entertainment system is a $1,920 option or customers can combine all three packages for $3,670.
All 2017 Toyota Sequoias use a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Sequoia earns 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 mpg on the highway for the two-wheel-drive model and 13 city and 17 highway for the four-wheel-drive version. The maximum tow capacity ranges from 7,200 to 7,400 pounds, depending on trim.
- The V8 engine doesn’t disappoint. It gets the job done and does so with no lack of power. We appreciate that nearly 90 percent of its torque is dispensed at 2,200 rpm and that’s great when passing or towing.
- We like the smart behavior of the A-TRAC active traction control featured in four-wheel-drive models.
- The Sequoia's ride is comfortable and car-like thanks to four-wheel independent suspension. This SUV also delivers an excellent 38-foot turning radius.
- The competing V8 engines from GM or the twin-turbo V6 found in the Ford Expedition are much more efficient. Local fuel economy comes in at a miserable 13 mpg.
- Although some competitors also use a six-speed automatic transmissions, upgrading to at least an eight-speed would go far in improving this SUV’s fuel economy rating.
- The cabin does a fine, almost Lexus-like job of muting road and wind noise.
- The available Blu-Ray entertainment system with a nine-inch screen is a welcome option for families on the go.
- The Sequoia is an old design and it shows. The interior matches an earlier Tundra layout with lots of hard plastics throughout.
- The third row is cramped and a useful power-folding mechanism is optional, not standard equipment.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The Sequoia offers few surprises, but we’re happy to see that Toyota supports this model with dozens of accessory items, including cargo management items such as totes and nets.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The Sequoia is terribly outdated and outclassed by the usual competition, including the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban. Even the Nissan Armada is new, while Toyota hasn't redesigned the Sequoia since 2008. A mild facelift is coming for 2018, but it's not the clean-sheet approach this big SUV needs to succeed.
The Bottom Line
It's hard for us to enthusiastically endorse an aged model – Toyota can do better than what the Sequoia currently represents. That said, you may have some negotiating leverage, especially where leftover models languish on dealer lots.