When other brands are increasingly toning down their models’ exterior styling, the 2017 Toyota Sequoia has uncharacteristically retained its masculine looks that it adopted from its Tundra truck roots. Compared to the more recent rival products, the Sequoia is inefficient and looks rather cheap on the inside. I think Toyota is to blame for failing to evolve the model with time but the automaker may argue that buyers who want more in their SUV ca turn to the Land cruiser. Read along to find out more:
2017 Toyota Sequoia Exterior
When it debuted over 10 years ago, the Sequoia was very competitive in the market. However, the failure by the automaker to upgrade its styling over time has seen many automakers outshine it. However, the model remains a favorite to those buyers looking for a full-size family SUV that can still tow a considerable weight-load such as a small boat.
The base SR5 comes standard with automatic headlights and DRLs. Fog lights are standard for the model. The base Sequoia also features heated side mirrors and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels. It also features a wiper de-icer. At the rear, the model comes with a rear privacy glass as well as a color-keyed rear spoiler. Other features include running boards, a roof rack, mudguards (front and rear). AWD models feature engine skid plates.
The Limited trim adds chrome trimmed, power-folding side mirrors that are integrated with turn signals, chrome door handles, a power liftgate that features jam protection as well as 20-inch alloy wheels.
The top-of-the-range Platinum trim adds memory settings and tilt-down functions on the side mirrors. The model rides on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels with a diamond-cut finish.
2017 Toyota Sequoia Interior
Inside, the Sequoia may be mistaken for the Tundra pickup, as their cabins look almost similar except for the additional third row in the Sequoia. The cabin looks rather cheap for a model this size as it features a huge dose of plastic materials. The instrument panel is, however, simple and very functional which is a good thing. I also love Toyota’s decision to include heated seats as well as a sliding moonroof.
The first and second row seats are quite comfortable but if you are not looking to tow your caravan or boat every weekend, you had better go for some crossovers such as the Toyota Highlander as it offers more comfort. Buyers have an option for two captain chairs at the rear instead of a bench seat that accommodates three passengers but are mostly suitable for young children. The second and third row (bench) seats have a 60-40 split-folding functionality, which helps expand cargo space. What’s more, the rear seat has an option for power folding.
The SR5 features as standard a tri-zone climate control system, an 8-way powered driver’s seat, a power tilt/slide moonroof as well as a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
The Limited trim adds a power liftgate that features sliding windows, and a 10-way and 4-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seat respectively. Both seats are heated. The model also features a leather wrapped steering wheel and 2nd and 3rd row retractable sunshades.
The top Platinum trim gets one Dynamic Laser-guided cruise control system and a rear entertainment system that features a 9.0-inch LCD screen. There is also an independent rear seat audio system with dual wireless headphones. The driver’s seat is 12-way power adjustable with memory setting. The second-row seats are heated. Other features include adaptive variable suspension, load-leveling air suspension as well as an electronic damper control system that features driver-selectable settings which offer Comfort, Normal and Sport options. Other features that vary across trims include a 6.2-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, USB, aux, SiriusXM satellite radio, Entune App Suite as well as an Entune premium audio package that features a subwoofer, voice-activated touch-screen and 14 speakers.
For safety, the model features the automaker’s Star Safety System that features Vehicle stability control, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, traction control brake assist, and smart stop technology with brake override. AWD models will add Active-Traction Control system (A-TRAC).
Engine and performance
Unlike the outgoing model, the 2017 Toyota Sequoia is available in a single mill. The engine is a 5.7 L, i-FORCE V-8 good for 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. The V-8 produces 90% of torque from only 2,200 rpm. With this power, the Sequoia can tow as much as 7,300 lbs. The engine is EPA rated at 13 mpg on city, 17 mpg on highway and 15 mpg on combined drives in RWD models. AWD models return 13 mpg on city, 17 mpg on highway and 14 mpg on combined drives.
AWD models add a knob-operated electronic transfer case that features a Torsen limited-slip differential. This system apportions power between the axles. AWD models also feature an A-TRAC traction control system that is used to reduce wheel slip in dirty or snowy terrains.
Price and release date
The base SR5 has an MSRP of $45,460; higher trims will cost more, some in excess of $50,000. The models will be available for sale in early 2017.