The all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia lets you experience life in full size
Cut exclusively for North American markets, the Sequoia has been Toyotawhen it debuted in 2000. At the time, it carried a lot on its shoulders, rivaling established stalwarts like the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe and its corporate badge-engineered cousin, the GMC Yukon. Size-wise, the Sequoia fell short of giants like the short-lived Ford Excursion or the Chevy Suburban, but had enough guts to get the ball rolling for Toyota.
Sailing through two generations since then, the third generation of this giant-sized SUV debuted earlier this year as a 2023 model year. It was the need of the hour as it came 15 years after the The second generation arrived in 2007. So it’s all new from the ground up and has a lot of cool features that can make any three-row full-size SUV fan drool at the very first sight. Under the hood, the redesigned Toyota Sequoia comes with an all-new powerful and efficient hybrid powertrain that is significantly better than its old avatars.
The all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia now stands against a host of rivals in the three-row full-size SUV segment and is set to turn the tide when it goes on sale later this year. Let’s find out more about this legendary redesigned king-size 2023 Toyota Sequoia.
The bold and beautiful 2023 Toyota Sequoia
With a new inside-out look, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia will be a hybrid-only model, but will borrow its underpinnings from the current-generation Tundra, Land Cruiser and Lexus LX600. It gets a beefy iForce MAX hybrid powertrain and standard 10-speed automatic transmission, both lent from the latest-generation Tundra pickup. This powertrain includes a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and an electric motor that’s good enough for a massive 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. This makes for a rather impressive waltz of under 6 seconds at 60 mph when properly equipped with all the performance paraphernalia.
Rear-wheel drive is standard on all Sequoias models and there is also an option for four-wheel drive. However, the top-of-the-line Sequoia TRD Pro comes equipped with plenty of off-road perks like upgraded Fox shocks, front skid plate, locking rear differential, and 18-inch forged wheels with 33-inch tires. It also gets four-wheel drive as standard.
Premium interior with immense cargo carrying capacity
At the top of the Sequoia range is the Capstone trim which carries the Toyota tag as the most luxurious Sequoia to date. It gets a range of premium features that set it above the rest of the bunch. Along with plenty of premium cosmetic features, it sports a new set of 22-inch chrome wheels, a first for Sequoia and exclusive to Capstone models, and acoustic glass in the front doors to muffle outside sound.
With the proper equipment, the upcoming 2023 Toyota Sequoia can tow up to 9,520 pounds, which is nearly a 26 percent improvement over the outgoing Sequoia. With that, towing boats, RVs, or even cargo trailers is easy for the 2023 Toyota Sequoia. It also outperforms its main competitor and segment leader Ford Expedition in that department by nearly 220 pounds. However, the current-generation Jeep Wagoneer, launched last year in an all-new avatar, offers best-in-class towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds for people looking for a beast that can tow more.
In terms of fuel economy, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia was able to solve the problems of older models with the efficient hybrid powertrain. Its new MPG numbers are 22 mpg combined for true-drive Sequoias and 20 mpg combined for four-wheel-drive ones. With that, it outclasses most of its rivals in the full-size SUV bazaar.
Other key features and prices
Toyota offers the all-new Sequoia an all-new multimedia system designed and engineered by Toyota’s Texas-based Connected Technologies team. First introduced in the recently launched Tundra, it offers an enriched user experience with a new sight, touch and voice activation that triggers the moment you say phrases like “Hey Toyota”.
All Sequoia models are equipped with Toyota’s revolutionary Safety Sense 2.5 system, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. Apart from that, the new Sequoia also has blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and front and rear park assist with auto brake as standard safety features. All trims feature Toyota’s Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Auto High Beams, Road Sign Assist and Rear Seat Reminder.
As for the longevity of the Sequoia, all trims come with a 36-month/36,000-mile Basic New Vehicle Warranty that covers all components except wear and maintenance items. normal. Plus, there’s an additional 60-month/60,000-mile warranty that covers the powertrain, but for corrosion, there’s no mileage limit. So Toyota says the Sequoia will last you a lifetime.
As for pricing, the entry-level 2023 Toyota Sequoia 4X2 SR5 will set you back around $58,300 MSRP. While the top-of-the-line variant, the four-wheel-drive-only TRD Pro, starts at $76,900, the top-of-the-line Capstone 4X4 will cost $78,300.
Sources: Toyota, Toyota USA YouTube channel