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We drive the 2020 Toyota Sequoia

by Ali Arsham
Tuesday, March 3, 2020


2020 Toyota Sequoia
2020 Toyota Sequoia
The current Toyota Sequoia has been with us for over 10 years. The Sequoia has been one of our favorites with its roomy interior and powerful engine. It remains one of the few full size V8 SUVs that you can buy and if you need something big then the Sequoia could be the one for you.  We tried one and wanted to see if we still like the current version.

If you want room, the Sequoia is for you. Choose from SR5, TRD Sport, Limited and Platinum and TRD Pro in two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Sequoia offers lots of room at every grade.

The Sequoia interior is a quiet, comfortable space for the family to spend time on the road. The overall design and exterior features have been shaped to minimize wind noise, which helps keep the cabin serene. This is an excellent family road trip vehicle. Wide-opening rear doors ease passenger ingress/egress and child seat installation. 

Seats fold flat
Seats fold flat
When folding the second- and third-row seats flat, the Sequoia can swallow up to 120.1 cubic feet of whatever needs carrying – even objects up to 11 feet long. Extra-large cup/bottle holders outnumber passengers two to one which is something that the kids will appreciate.

The versatile 40/20/40 split second-row bench-type seat allows a variety of combinations, augmented by a seat-slide adjustment range of 5.9 inches.

The middle row folds flat and there’s a one-touch easy-slide feature to make it easy for passengers to enter the third row. In place of the standard center bench-style seat, second-row captain seats are available for a 7-seat cabin which is a poor decision in our opinion.

The third-row seat, which is fully hospitable for adult humans, is split 60/40 and can even recline. The third row also easily folds flat, a task made even more convenient by the power tilting and folding feature.

The rear liftgate features a power rear window that features auto up/down, jam protection and defogger, and opens up a huge cargo area. The independent rear suspension plays a large part in allowing for the third row’s roominess, which offers adult-size legroom. Second-row legroom is full-size sedan-like at 40.9 inches.

Sequoia’s power comes from its dual-overhead cam 5.7-liter, which produces 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. The V8 is paired with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and only requires 87 octane fuel. That is a good thing because you will need a lot of fuel since the Sequoia is rated at 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway (18 mpg with 2WD).

If you want to tow, you will appreciate the big V8 and the 6000 pound curb weight.  You need big to tow big and the Sequoia can tow up to 7400 pounds. The Sequoia’s standard tow hitch is integrated into the frame as a single unit for added strength and durability. Tow/Haul mode modifies shift points for optimal towing performance, while standard Trailer Sway Control uses the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help counteract handling forces that can lead to trailer sway.

It's big
It's big

A standard rearview camera helps when parking or positioning a trailer. The backup camera is displayed on the 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen display.

The Sequoia is a great vehicle and there is nothing wrong with it but it is starting to look old. The competition offers more power and better efficiency. As an example, the Ford Expedition gives you more power, four more gears in the transmission, gets better fuel economy and can tow up to 9300 pounds.

What’s cool about the Sequoia could be its charm and classic Toyota reliability. The old school engine and transmission are proven with millions on the road and the bugs have been worked out. Repair costs are also much lower than the new high-tech machines.

The Sequoia is an expensive machine with prices starting out at just around $50,000. Go with the higher trim levels and you can hit $65,000 for one.

At those prices, you are better off buying a Highlander which is a lot cheaper but the Highlander can’t do many of the things that the Sequoia does and that is what makes the Sequoia so special.

Technical Specifications

Front head room35 "
Rear head room35 "
Front shoulder room66 "
Rear shoulder room66 "
Front hip room63 "
Rear hip room60 "
Front leg room42.5 "
Rear leg room40.9 "
Luggage capacity18.9 Cu.Ft.
Maximum cargo capacity120.1 Cu.Ft.
Standard seating7
Length205.1 "
Body width79.9 "
Body height77.0 "
Wheelbase122.0 "
Ground clearance9.6 "
Curb6,000 Lbs.
Gross weight7,300 Lbs.
Fuel tank capacity26.4 Gal.
EPA mileage estimates13 City / 17 Hwy
Base engine size5.7 Liters
Base engine typeV-8
Horsepower381 Hp
Horsepower rpm5,600
Torque401 Lb-Ft.
Torque rpm3,600
Payload1,300 Lbs.
Maximum towing capacity7,000 Lbs.
Drive typeFour-Wheel
Turning radius19.0 ''
Warranty - Basic (mths/miles)36/36,000
Warrranty - Powertrain (mths/miles)60/60,000
Warranty - Corrosion perforation (mths/miles)60/Unlimited
Warranty - Roadside assistance (mths/miles)24/25,000
Warranty - Maintenance (mths/miles)24/25,000
Engine5.7L V-8
Engine - valvetrainDOHC
Recommended fuelRegular Unleaded
Brakes4-Wheel Disc
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)4-Wheel
Brake assistStd
Drive typeFour-Wheel
4WD shiftElectronic
ExhaustStainless Steel
SteeringRack And Pinion
Speed sensitive steeringStd
Suspension tuningRegular
Ride controlAdaptive Variable Suspension System (AVS)
Adaptive suspensionStd
Height adjustable suspensionAutomatic W/Driver Control
Automatic level controlRear
Front suspension typeDouble Wishbone
Front anti-roll barStd
Front shocksGas-Pressurized
Front springsCoil
Rear suspension typeDouble Wishbone
Rear anti-roll barStd
Rear shocksGas-Pressurized
Rear springsAir
Electronic stability systemVSC
Sequential shift controlStd
Transmission6-Spd Auto W/OD
Axle ratio4.30
Locking/limited slip differentialStd
Remote vehicle starting systemStd
Traction controlABS And Driveline
Trip computerStd
Water temp gaugeStd
Voltage gaugeStd
Low fuel warningStd
Service interval warningStd
Lighting - gloveboxStd
Lighting - map lightsFront And Rear
Lighting - dome lightFade
Lighting - cargo lightStd
Illuminated vanity mirrorsDriver And Passenger
Rear window defoggerStd
Rear view mirrorAuto-Dimming Day-Night
Mirrors - visor vanity mirrorsDriver And Passenger
Seatback storage pockets2
Tilt-Wheel adjustable steering columnStd
Steering wheel materialLeather/Simulated Wood
Air conditioning, frontDual Zone Automatic
Air filterStd
Air conditioning, rearWith Separate Controls
Underseat ductsStd
Auxiliary visorsDual
Cargo concealed storageStd
Cargo netOpt
Cargo tie downsStd
CupholdersFront And Rear
Gear shift knob trimLeather/Simulated Wood
Overhead consoleMini With Storage
Floor consoleFull
Floor matsCarpeted Front And Rear
Oil pressure gaugeStd
Airbags, frontalDriver And Front Passenger
Airbags, side impactSeat Mounted, Driver And Passenger
Airbags, side curtainCurtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row
Airbags, knee protectionDriver And Passenger
Height adjustable safety beltsFront And Rear
Seatbelt pre-tensionersFront
Exterior light controlFully Automatic
AntennaWindow Grid
Body materialFully Galvanized Steel
PaintClearcoat Monotone
Grille trimChrome
Fog/driving lightsFront
Door count4 Doors
Rear cargo doorPower Liftgate
Tinted windowsDeep
Rear window typePower
MirrorsDual Power Remote W/Tilt Down
Heated door mirrorsStd
Mirrors, auto dimmingDriver And Passenger
Sunroof1st Row Regular Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass
Roof rackStd
Rear step bumperStd
TiresP275/55HR20.0 BSW M+S
Wheels20" Machined W/Painted Accents Aluminum
Spare tire and wheelFull-Size Steel
Windshield wipers - frontVariable Intermittent
Rear window wipersFixed Interval
Running boardsStd
Mud flapsStd
HeadlightsLED Low/High Beam
Delay off headlampsStd
Headlight washerStd
Daytime running lightsStd
Exterior temperature displayStd
Cruise controlStd
Adaptive cruise controlStd
12V DC power outlet4
Front windowsPower
Rear windowsPower
1-touch window upDriver And Passenger
1-touch window downDriver And Passenger
Programmable garage door openerStd
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerStd
Occupancy sensorStd
In-Vehicle Assistance ServiceSafety Connect With 1-Year Trial
Door curb lights4
Illuminated entryStd
Parking assistStd
Remote keyless entryKeyfob (All Doors)
Keyless access systemStd
Panic alarmStd
Door locksPower With 2 Stage Unlock
Content theft deterrent alarm systemStd
Ignition disableStd
Lane departure warningLane Departure Alert (LDA)
First aid kitOpt
Blind spot sensorStd
Low tire pressure warningStd
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan
Auxiliary input jackStd
Steering wheel audio controlsStd
Voice recognitionStd
Speakers15 JBL
Speed sensitive VolumeStd
Entertainment systemWith Blu-Ray
Navigation systemDynamic Navigation With Up To 3-Year Trial With Voice Activation
1st row LCD screen2
2nd row LCD screen1
Bluetooth CompatibilityStd
Front seat typeBucket
Standard seating7 Passengers
Front driver seat direction controls10-Way Power
Front passenger seat direction controls4-Way Power
Lumbar supportDriver
Front armrestsCenter Sliding
Front head restraintsAdjustable
Heated front seatsDriver And Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Heated-Seatback
Cooled front seatsDriver And Passenger
Rear seatsBucket
Rear armrestStd
Rear head restraints2 - Adjustable
Heated rear seatsStd
3rd row seats60-40 Split-Bench
Seat trimLeather
3rd row fold into floorPower

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