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
  • Navigation
  • 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.

Performance Pros

Toyota Sequoia
  • 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.

Performance Cons

  • 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.

Interior Pros

  • 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.

Interior Cons

Toyota Sequoia
  • 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.