An aging design get slight changes, remains massively roomy

Toyota’s truck-based, full-size SUV, the Sequoia, is big. Its exterior dimensions are imposing and its interior volume feels like the vastness of an airplane hanger. The three-row SUV boasts seating for up to eight people and has an impressive amount of cargo area. This week we’re testing the refreshed 2018 Toyota Sequoia Platinum optioned with the Red Rock interior color. Standard with the Platinum trim is the second-row captain’s chairs with the center console. That might reduce the Sequoia’s seating to seven, but it adds an air of luxury not had with the bench seat.

The Sequoia has a 2+2+3 seating arrangement. While three across in the third row spells disaster is most crossovers, the girthy Sequoia has room enough for actual people back here. There’s even an impressive amount of legroom thanks to the sliding second-row bucket seats.

There’s more to the Sequoia’s interior, so keep reading for our impressions.

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Room Galore

Inside the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Platinum Interior
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The driver and front passenger enjoy 34.8 inches of headroom, a massive 66.4 inches of shoulder room, 62.5 inches of hip room, and 42.5 inches of legroom.

The Sequoia’s dimensions haven’t changed with the mild 2018 refresh, but that’s a good thing. The SUV boasts tons of passenger and cargo room by every metric. Starting up front, the driver and front passenger enjoy 34.8 inches of headroom, a massive 66.4 inches of shoulder room, 62.5 inches of hip room, and 42.5 inches of legroom.

While spacious, the Sequoia does have some ergonomic issues the driver must overcome. Those with shorter legs will wish for power-adjustable pedals; they are placed too far forward and require a seating position too close to the dash. The power-adjustable steering column does help, though. The wide dash also presents an issue with reaching far-flung controls like the radio tuning knob and the passenger-side temperature controls. Lastly, the front seats offer no real height control, so taller folks might be left wishing for a lower seating position. Shorter folks will probably just fine.

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The second row is even more spacious

Aside from those issues, the Sequoia provides ample room for NBA-sized people.

The second row is even more spacious. In fact, the twin captain’s chairs are the best seats in the house. Slide the chairs to their rearmost position, and there is an impressive 40.9 inches of legroom. Shoulder room measures 65.6 inches and would easily accommodate a bodybuilder’s physique. Hip room measures 59.9 inches and headroom comes in at 34.9 inches.

Second-row passengers enjoy heated seats in the Platinum trim, along with a multifunction center console. It boasts two cup holders, a top storage area, a huge storage cubby down low, and in the middle, a forward-folding lid that allows for flat storage of items when the second- and third-row seats are folded flat.

The Platinum trim also comes standard with the overhead 9.0-inch DVD player.

The Sequoia’s third row is split 60/40 style and is power operated. Toyota was kind enough to include power controls in the cargo area and on the wheel well near the second-row seats. This makes adjusting the seats super convenient. The action is also respectably quick and quiet.

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It offers 18.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 66.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and with both rows folded flat, the Sequoia will haul 120.1 cubic feet of cargo

With the third row in place, three average size people have plenty of room, though trips are more comfortable when limited to two passengers. With the second row seats scooted forward, the third row has 35.3 inches of legroom. Hip room is tighter, measuring 50.4 inches and 65.7 inches for shoulder room Headroom is still generous at 34.5 inches – only 0.3 inches shy of the first row’s headroom.

Of course, the Sequoia wouldn’t be a proper SUV without loads of cargo room. It offers 18.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 66.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and with both rows folded flat, the Sequoia will haul 120.1 cubic feet of cargo.

A moderately sized storage compartment resides under the cargo floor, too, offering room for things like a trailer hitch, ropes, jumper cables, ice scrapers, and other odds and ends.

Lagging in Technology

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Toyota is holding the Sequoia back with an ancient 6.1-inch touchscreen running an outdated version of Entune

There’s no doubting the 2018 Toyota Sequoia has a spacious interior, however, it also has a very out-of-date interior, as well. Despite getting a mild refresh for 2018, Toyota is holding the Sequoia back with an ancient 6.1-inch touchscreen running an outdated version of Entune. The small screen does offer GPS navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, and several of Toyota’s apps for things like fuel and traffic, but its list of have-nots is getting longer by the day.

The Entune system lacks Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi connectivity, 3D mapping, IOT connectivity with a smartphone, and a 360-degree camera system. There is no wireless phone charger, either. These are things available on other Toyota vehicles, but despite the Sequoia Platinum’s $67,235 starting price, Toyota didn’t think it was necessary to include these common connectivity and convenience features. Strange.

All told, the Toyota Sequoia is a massive SUV in just about every respect. While it also comes with a massive price tag and thirst for gasoline, the big Yota does what smaller SUVs can’t.

Be sure to read our other coverage of the 2018 Toyota Sequoia. The links are below.

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