IThe Sequoia has lived up to its name over the past 12 years, standing tree-like in one place and refusing to move. The 2019 Toyota Sequoia isn't your Aunt Sally’s nimble crossover. This big SUV seeks cargo and people to swallow, and trailers to toss around. Does all this ruggedness still have a place in today’s world of soft-roaders and easy-going crossovers? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia keeps on with the same four trims it had last year: SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and Platinum. While it may be tempting to aim for the stars and nab the Platinum trim, the real value is in the base SR5 model, which starts from $53,805 (including a $1,295 destination fee).

This base trim is anything but scantly equipped as its comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and tons more. For those who need a few more extra features, there is a smattering of standalone options to add — there’s even a center-console safe.

  • Model:2019 Toyota Sequoia SR5
  • Engine: 5.7-liter V8
  • Output:381 hp / 401 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain:Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG:13 City / 17 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price:$53,220 (including the $1,295 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$53,220

Performance

Toyota Sequoia

The big, brawny 5.7-liter V8 powerplant injects a healthy 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque into this big boy. This is more than enough to tote around the family and a full load of cargo without breaking a sweat. With its truck-like construction, the 2019 Toyota Sequoia can handle whatever terrain you toss at it. It can also tow up to 7,400 pounds with the right option boxes ticked.

However, with that truck-like build comes truck-like handling. Even the TRD Sport, which adds stiffer Bilstein shocks and beefier anti-sway bars, can’t rein in all that heft. Tread lightly in the corners with this large-and-in-charge SUV.

Style

If you like big, blocky SUVs, the 2019 Toyota Sequoia is the one for you. Its body hasn’t changed much over the years, leaving it with a classic design the throwback crowd will enjoy.

Inside, this beast can haul the whole family tree with its eight-person capacity, and they can all ride comfortably with 42.5 inches of leg room up front, 40.9 in the second row, and 35.3 in the third row. And there’s no need to rent a truck for home-improvement projects, as the 2019 Sequoia’s 120.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity with all the seats folded has it covered.

While the cabin is like journeying into a wide-open cavern, its abundance of hard plastic and simple color scheme make the interior feel ancient. And when Toyota tries to dress up its higher trims with fake wood trim, it feels like a dressed-up pickup truck.

The Best and Worst Things

Though it’s massive and looks like it’s ripped straight from the early 2000s, the 2019 Toyota Sequoia has standard advanced safety features like a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking.

While the Sequoia’s old-school utility is great for toting around a trailer or tackling less-than-ideal roadways, this old-school mentality spreads to its appearance, making the 2019 Sequoia look ancient.

Right For? Wrong For?

Toyota Sequoia

The Sequoia is perfect for a red-blooded American who like their SUVs rugged, their beer sans flavoring, and their vehicles simple.

Buyers seeking a daily-driver that’s easy to zip around town in will find the Sequoia isn't a fan of zipping.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia's name suits this SUV perfectly: it’s old, massive, and about as nimble as a tree. But it's also powerful and ready to take on everything. It needs the perfect buyer to bring it home and treat it the way Toyota intended.