2019 Toyota Sequoia
The powerful and roomy Toyota Sequoia can very capably move up to eight people and their gear, while pulling a boat, snowmobiles, a camper, or other equipment. Slotting between the 4Runner and the Land Cruiser in Toyota’s SUV family, the Sequoia delivers V8 power (getting 381 horsepower from its 5.7-liter engine) in a choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive. When properly equipped it can tow up to 7,400 pounds.
The four Sequoia trims – the SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and Platinum – are all chock full of excellent features for convenience, comfort, safety, style, and performance. The base trim gets 18-inch wheels, a 40/20/40-split second-row bench seat that folds flat and allows one-touch access to the third row, LED fog lights and headlights, a roof rack, running boards, skid plates, heated power side mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt/slide moonroof, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a backup camera, and a full suite of active safety technologies (Toyota Safety Sense), plus a blind-spot monitor. The TRD Sport trim swaps out the second-row bench for a pair of captain’s chairs with their own center console and adds chrome surrounds to the fog lights and grille, plus black 20-inch alloy wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.
The Limited trim sweetens the deal with a power liftgate, leather seating with heated feature in the front row, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 14-speaker JBL audio system and navigation. The second row is offered as either a bench seat for three or dual captain’s chairs with center console. The top-shelf trim, the Platinum, has puddle lights, heated and cooled front-row seats, an electronic modulated air suspension, a hollow stabilizer bar, and a Blu-Ray player with a 9-inch screen, a wireless remote, and two wireless headsets. Second-row captain’s chairs come standard on this highest trim.
Safety & Technology
All Sequoia trims get the same stellar level of protective equipment, highlighted by the Toyota Safety Sense suite of active safety technologies. It consists of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure alert, and dynamic radar cruise control. Also standard are a blind-spot monitor with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking assist sonar. Trailer sway control also comes standard, as does the Star Safety System, which bundles stability control, traction control, and numerous state-of-the-art braking technologies. Toyota has also designed and constructed the Sequoia with side-impact door beams, an energy-absorbing front crumple zone, and energy-dissipating interior trim.
For keeping everyone connected, all trims get a version of the Entune touchscreen infotainment system, the most basic of which includes advanced voice recognition, a USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth wireless capabilities, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, and SiriusXM satellite radio.