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2018 Toyota Sequoia

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2018 SR5 4dr 4x2
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Price:   -  From $48,600
2018 TRD Sport 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $51,315
2018 SR5 w/FFV 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $51,525
2018 SR5 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $51,825
2018 TRD Sport w/FFV 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $54,240
2018 TRD Sport 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $54,540
2018 Limited 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $57,095
2018 Limited w/FFV 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $60,020
2018 Limited 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $60,320
2018 Platinum 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $64,310
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2018 Platinum 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $67,535


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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Looking at the spec sheet, the big and brawny 2018 Toyota Sequoia checks all the right boxes for a large SUV – a composed ride, strong V8 engine, and legitimate four-wheel-drive system. But it's held back by a low-rent interior, poor fuel economy, and pricing that can quickly escalate into near-luxury territory.

Best Value

Pricing for the 2018 Sequoia begins at $52,920 for a base SR5, but can soar into the stratosphere at over $69,000 for an AWD Platinum model finished in optional Blizzard Pearl, but absent any dealer-installed tchotchkes. Beyond the usual power features, even base SR5 models come with a raft of standard content including a moonroof, automatic three-zone air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power rear window, Bluetooth, LED headlights and fog lights, running boards, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a Tow Package (receiver hitch, auxiliary transmission cooler, heavy duty alternator, trailer wiring). A number of advanced safety features are also present including a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights with high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

With a single engine and transmission pairing as well as the extensive standard feature set, it comes down to how much chrome, leather, and infotainment features you believe are necessary. For our money, the best value is the base SR5. Here’s how we’d build it:

  • Model: 2018 Toyota Sequoia SR5
  • Engine: 5.7-liter V8
  • Output: 381 hp / 401 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
  • MPG: : 13 City / 17 Hwy
  • Options: Premium Package ($3,810, leather seats, front heated seats, 10-way power driver's seat, four-way power front passenger seat, Entune Premium Audio system with built-in navigation, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power reclining and fold-flat third row).
  • Base Price:$52,920 (including the $1,295 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$56,730


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With maximum torque available at 2,200 rpm, the V8 pulls strongly off the line and can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in under seven seconds. The Sequoia delivers a smooth ride courtesy of its fully-independent suspension. Platinum trims get an even silkier variable air suspension. The Sequoia is also a true off-roader sporting a 27-degree approach angle, a 20-degree departure angle, and 10 inches of ground clearance in four-wheel-drive models that feature a two-speed transfer case equipped with a Torsen limited-slip differential, which can be locked when encountering rough terrain, along with an electronic traction control system for reduced wheelspin. For good measure, kicking things off in 2018 is a new TRD sport trim replete with Bilstein dampers and front and rear performance-tuned anti-sway bars.

But 10 years into its current generation, age is beginning to rear its ugly head. The transmission is no longer class-leading (both the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition feature 10-speed units) and is a contributor to the Sequoia's abysmal EPA-estimated 13 miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg on the highway, and 14 mpg combined. Not helping matters is numb steering, an urban-challenging 19.5-foot turning circle, and a tall center of gravity that can induce plenty of head-tossing in all but the mildest cornering maneuvers.


Last year's refresh included a more distinctive front fascia featuring a squared-off grill and narrower, linear headlight enclosures containing bright, efficient LED headlights surrounded by a narrow band of LED daytime running lights.

The rest of the Sequoia's more rounded sheetmetal is wrapped around a voluminous interior with 18.9 cubic feet of storage behind the third row that expands to 66.6 cu. ft. when that row is folded, and further increases to 120.1 cu. ft. with the middle seats folded flat.

The seats up front are wide and soft, as is the middle row, which also slides fore and aft for more leg room. In Limited and above models, optional – and more comfortable – captain's chairs can replace the middle row bench. Standard running boards and well-placed grab handles make climbing in and out easy, despite the Sequoia's off-road-friendly ground clearance.

The new front end design doesn't match the rest of the vehicle and, aside from its sheer volume, nothing about the interior impresses. Where most vehicles in this class now sport soft-touch surfaces, the Sequoia offers not a single hint of luxury and is chock-full of hard plastics that'd look cheap in vehicles costing a third as much. The controls, though large and easy to use, are from another decade, while third-row accommodations are suitable only for children.

The Best and Worst Things

The Sequoia's smooth ride and spacious interior are offset by a cabin overrun with hard plastics as well as its wildly inefficient drivetrain.

Right For? Wrong For?

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With its spacious interior and long list of advanced safety features, the Sequoia should find a home with safety-conscious family buyers.

At the same time, the Sequoia's poor fuel economy – even by the standards of the full-size SUV class – is sure to be a turn off for eco-conscious buyers.

The Bottom Line

Despite a composed ride, strong V8 engine, and impressive carrying capacity, the Toyota Sequoia is undone by a low-rent interior and wretched fuel economy, making it an also-ran in its class.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.7L V-8 / 381 HP / 401 ft.lbs.
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
13 / 17 / 15 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.7L V-8 / 381 HP / 401 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
13 / 17 / 15 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
26.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
120.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
205.1 "
Exterior Width
79.9 "
Exterior Height
77.0 "
Front Headroom
34.8 "
Rear Headroom
34.9 "
Front Legroom
42.5 "
Rear Legroom
40.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
66.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
65.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,695 Lbs.
Wheel Base
122 "
Turning Radius
19.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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