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Rugged, massive SUVs that share their underpinnings with pickup trucks are disappearing, making way for compact SUVs and crossovers that share frames with regular sedans and hatchbacks. The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is the among the last of this dying breed with its massive interior, rugged styling, and heavy-duty powertrain. And for the new model year, the Sequoia gets its biggest upgrades since its redesign back in 2008.

What's New for 2018

Toyota’s biggest SUV has gone mostly unchanged since 2008, but the 2018 model gets all the hallmarks of a mid-cycle update – a new grille, updated LED headlights, daytime running lights, and a more chiseled bumper. Three new exterior colors are also on hand this year, including Midnight Black Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Shoreline Blue Pearl. While the exterior changes are minimal, they bring some life to the aging SUV.

The inside of the Sequoia has received some new touches, as well, which include a new gauge cluster that features a refreshed multi-information display and a new center console.

Another major addition for the 2018 model year is the addition of a TRD Sport model that improves on the regular SUV’s off-roading and towing prowess thanks to Bilstein dampers and TRD anti-roll bars at both ends of the vehicle. In addition to the performance components, the TRD Sport also gets different exterior touches thanks to 20-inch black wheels, a TRD-bespoke grille and front bumper, TRD Sport badges, black mirror caps, and smoked rear taillights.

Lastly, Toyota has fitted its suite of safety features, which is referred to as Toyota Safety Sense-P, to the new Sequoia. Highlights include lane departure warning, automatic high beams, radar-based adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

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Choosing Your Toyota Sequoia

While the 2018 Sequoia sports a new look and some minor interior changes, the guts of the SUV go unchanged.

Power comes from a 5.7-liter V8 engine churning out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The powerhouse of an engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode. When properly equipped, the Sequoia’s capable of towing up to 7,400 pounds, making the SUV a standout option for consumers that tow large cargo on a regular basis. Four-wheel drive is a $3,225 option on the SR5, Limited, and Platinum.

The Sequoia is also capable of holding an impressive amount of cargo in its expansive cabin. With the second and third row folded, the SUV offers 120.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which goes down to 66.6 cubes behind the second row, and 18.9 with the third row in place. With the right type of seats in place, the Sequoia can seat up to eight passengers, which makes it a viable option for those wanting the interior space and seating capacity of a minivan in a more capable package.

The Sequoia, for the moment, comes in three different trims:

SR5

The SR5 is priced at $49,595 (all prices include the $1,295 destination fee) to start.

Standard features for the SR5 trim include: LED headlights, heated exterior mirrors, a moonroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic three-zone climate control, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, an eight-way power driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power windows, power door locks, and Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) that adds the automaker’s suite of safety features.

The only available package on the SR5 trim is the Premium Package ($3,810) that adds a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, heated front seats, a power reclining third-row, a power liftgate, an Entune infotainment system with navigation, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Limited

The rear-wheel-drive Limited has a starting price tag of $58,090. The Limited trim adds integrated LED fog lights, chrome heated and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, chrome door handles, 20-inch wheels, black running boards, a nav-enabled Entune infotainment system, leather-trimmed and heated front seats, seating for up to eight passengers, a power reclining third row, second- and third-row retractable window sunshades, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror as standard over the base SR5 trim.

The Limited trim has four available packages, including the Seven-Passenger Seating Package ($300) that adds leather-trimmed captain’s chairs for the second row. The Entune Premium JBL Audio and Convenience Package ($1,250) includes a JBL audio system and a memory function for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors.

Adding the Rear-Seat Blu-Ray Disc Player Package ($1,920) brings two nine-inch displays, two wireless headphones, a wireless remote, and a rear audio system to the SUV. Lastly, there are separate packages that combine the Rear-Seat Blu-Ray Player Package and the Entune Premium JBL Audio and Convenience Package for $3,170 – a version of that group with the Seven-Passenger Seating Package included commands $3,470.

Platinum

The range-topping Platinum trim starts at $65,305 for the rear-wheel-drive variant. The Platinum trim comes with power-folding exterior mirrors, adaptive dampers with an air suspension system, Entune infotainment and JBL audio, a second-row Blu-Ray player with a single nine-inch display, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seating, a multi-function center console, and a wood-grain-style steering wheel as standard.

There are no available packages for the Limited trim.

TDR Sport

Toyota hasn't announced pricing or available packages for the Sequoia TRD Sport yet, but if the trim follows the same guideline as the automaker's other TRD-branded vehicles, it should sit in between the Platinum and Limited trims, as far as pricing goes.

Available in both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel-drive models, the Sequoia TRD Sport is powered by the same 5.7-liter V8 engine, but gets off-road-focused components, which include TRD Sport-tuned Bilstein shocks, as well as TRD-developed front and rear anti-sway bars. The TRD Sport trim differentiates itself from the rest of the lineup with a unique front grille, a bespoke front bumper, 20-inch black sport wheels, darkened rear taillight housing, and TRD Sport badges. The TRD Sport trim will be available in three exterior colors, including Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic.

As far as bespoke interior touches go, the TRD Sport trim is fitted with a TRD shift knob, TRD Sport floor mats, TRD Sport sill protectors, standard black fabric seats, and seating for up to seven passengers as standard. Black leather captain's chairs will be available as an optional extra.

CarsDirect Tip

With Toyota Safety Sense-P now fitted to the new Sequoia as part of the vehicle’s list of standard features, starting off with a well-equipped SR5 trim and adding the Premium Package, which adds things like heated leather seats, navigation, and a power-reclining third row, is the best way to go. While opting for the all-wheel-drive model lowers the SUV’s towing capacity by 300 pounds, it’s worth the compromise for consumers that deal with inclement weather.

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