After 16 years, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia receives a complete update. Like its predecessor, this 3rd generation Sequoia is based on the Toyota Tundra which it too received fresh updates last year. The 2023 Sequoia has bold new looks, a new interior, new technologies, and a new powertrian.
More Power, Less Fuel
The last Sequoia had a big V8 engine under the hood. This new 2023 Toyota Sequoia has a smaller V6 engine. But don’t worry, it’s actually more powerful than the old V8. It is a 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 which is aided by an electric motor. The total output of this powertrain is an impressive 437 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. If you need to tow something, the new Sequoia is capable of hauling up to 9,000 lbs when properly equipped.
But when you’re not towing a large boat, the Sequoia can return up to 12.6 L/100km in a city and 10.5 L/100km on a highway. This is thanks to, not only the smaller engine, but the hybrid power system as well. The hybrid system doesn’t behave the same way as in the Toyota Prius for example, but it instead helps the engine with power which in turn reduces the fuel consumption.
The power is sent through a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth but quick shifts. The power then continues to the rear wheels or to all four wheels depending on the position of the 2H/4H/4L switch in the cabin. Speaking of putting the power to the ground, the Sequoia has different drive and off-road modes. From Eco to Sport to Sand to Snow modes. There’s also a locking rear differential and downhill assist which maintains a set speed while going down steep inclines off the beaten path.
In addition to the off-road drive modes, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia is available with the TRD Pro package. This off-road focused trim adds features such as 18” BBS Forged wheels with all-terrain tires, a TRD skid plate to protect vital components from big rocks, 2.5” Fox internal bypass coilover dampers along with a 1.1” front lift, a TRD Pro front stabilizer bar, a bright LED lightbar that is integrated into the grille and a lot of TRD badges to let others know exactly what you’re driving.
Driving over rough terrain in this big SUV is easy. The suspension copes well with the harshness of the road, or lack of road, and the engine has plenty of grunt to take it up a steep hill. Just don’t drive this large SUV on tight trails because the branches will easily scratch the paint.
Brimming with Features
There are 5 different trim levels to choose from. The standard TRD Off Road trim has the important features that a family would need. These include standard heated front seats, 8-way power driver and passenger front seats, an 8” infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay & wireless Android Auto connectivity, 3-zone automatic climate control, heated steering wheel, power sunroof, and power liftgate.
At the other end, the Capstone trim is fully loaded with every feature that is available on the 2023 Sequoia. Some of the highlights include power running boards, panoramic sunroof, heated & ventilated front seats and 2nd row captain’s chairs, a head-up display, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a 14” infotainment touchscreen, a wireless charging pad, surround view cameras and many, many more features.
Interior like no other
With the 2023 Toyota Sequoia being based on the Toyota Tundra, the dashboard is nearly identical to that of the Tundra. The Sequoia has the same placement of the touchscreen, same digital driver display, same climate controls, and same center console controls. It is a simple yet functional interior.
The second row is available with bench seats or captain’s chairs. What is different from other full-size SUVs is that the 2nd row seats don’t slide and only recline. However, there is still a lot of leg space in that second row.
Getting into the 3rd row is simple as it takes just one pull of the lever on the 2nd row chairs to tumble the seats forward. Space in the 3rd row is good for kids or average height adults. Unlike the 2nd row seats, the 3rd row seats slide forwards and backwards and can electronically recline.
Behind all of the seats, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia has 631 L of cargo space. With the power 3rd row seats folded, there is 1,387 L of space and with the 2nd & 3rd row seats folded, there is 2,460 L of space.
Keeping your Family Safe
Regardless of which trim level you choose of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia, it comes standard with all safety features. Automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keep, blind spot sensors with rear cross traffic alert & braking, adaptive cruise control, left turn oncoming vehicle detection with braking, automatic high beams and much more. There are also a lot of airbags throughout the cabin to keep you and your family safe in case of a collision.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia starts at $76,050 and the top of the line trim, Capstone, starts at $92,050. These are the MSRPs in Canadian currency and without any fees & taxes.
If you’d like to know more about the 2023 Toyota Sequoia or test drive one for yourself, please contact our product specialists at any one of our 5 OpenRoad Toyota locations including OpenRoad Toyota Richmond, OpenRoad Toyota Port Moody, OpenRoad Toyota Abbotsford, OpenRoad Toyota Peace Arch, and Brampton East Toyota.