2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV in Warwick RI
As Toyota’s largest vehicle, the three-row Sequoia fills a niche for those who need to carry a lot of people and a lot of stuff – sometimes off the pavement. It’s even more poised to do that in the 2020 model year, now that its trim lineup has been expanded to include a TRD Pro edition. While the automaker’s other full-sized SUV, the Land Cruiser, is built specifically for hardcore trail driving with a solid rear axle and other extra-rugged components, the Sequoia is built primarily for asphalt, with some off-road capabilities on the side. It’s also notably larger than the Land Cruiser and offers more cargo space.
What’s New for 2020?
Built on the same platform as the Tundra pickup, the ‘20 Sequoia finally joins Toyota’s TRD Pro family with the debut of that trim, which is highlighted by an upgraded suspension and other trail-ready components. There’s also a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that satisfies consumer demand by including both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All trims also receive the wonderful suite of crash-mitigating features known as Toyota Safety Sense-P (forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert) on all trims.
Trim Levels and Standard Equipment
There are five trim levels of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia to choose from: SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Pro, Limited, and Platinum. All of these get their power from a 5.7-liter V8 engine (making 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque); it’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard across the board, but four-wheel drive is optional.
The SR5 comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, LED headlights, a sunroof, remote keyless entry and push-button ignition, automatic climate control with three zones, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a second-row bench seat, and a 60/40-split reclining/fold-flat third-row bench. Optional features include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and a power-reclining/folding third-row seat.
The TRD Sport is more trail-ready with performance-tuned Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers, front and rear anti-sway bars, and engine and transfer case skid plates (transfer case for 4×4 models only). There are a few cosmetic differences as well, including black TRD Sport logos, a black grille insert, and a black roof rack. The TRD Pro adds Rigid Industries LED fog lights, running boards, unique emblems, Fox shocks, and all-weather floor mats.
The Limited includes every element that’s available on the SR5, plus power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, a power rear liftgate, and rear side-window sunshades. This trim can be ordered with the optional memory functions for the driver’s seat and outside mirrors. At the top of the Sequoia hierarchy, the Platinum gets all of the Limited’s amenities (plus the memory functions) as standard features, in addition to an adaptive air suspension, ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.
The SR5 and TRD Sport trims get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth hands-free capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker audio system. There’s also an available navigation system, which the TRD Pro gets as standard along with a premium 14-speaker JBL audio system. The Limited gets the navigation but loses the premium JBL unit. Instead, it comes with a twelve-speaker audio system and is eligible for a rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system. The Platinum receives all of this equipment, with the premium JBL audio setup.