Minor changes keep the Sequoia hanging on

Toyota has given the full-size Sequoia SUV a mild update for the 2018 model year. In fact, “mild” is putting it, well, mildly. Yet these changes are the biggest news for the Sequoia since its introduction in 2008 – a full decade ago. Needless to say, Toyota isn’t paying too much attention to the big brute. Its sales reflect this, too, with the Sequoia only moving 12,156 examples in 2017.

The most surprising thing is a rather steady rate of the Sequoia’s sales numbers. Toyota has sold between 11,806 and 13,848 Sequoias annually since 2010. Of course, that’s a far cry from the 70,187 Sequoias Toyota moved during the SUV’s first year in 2002. It also pales in comparison to its competition. The Chevrolet Tahoe found homes in 103,306 driveways in 2016 and the Ford Expedition sold 59,835 examples during the same time – and that wasn’t even the new aluminum-bodied model that’s new for 2018.

Nevertheless, Toyota’s updates for the 2018 Sequoia are likely to help attract customers. Just don’t expect a massive surge in people banging down Toyota’s door for the old-school, body-on-frame SUV.

We happen to be driving the 2018 Toyota Sequoia this week. Our tester is fitted in the range-topping Platinum trim, meaning it comes basically standard with all the optional extras Toyota has to offer. So, let’s check out what’s different about the 2018 model and see if it helps the ole Sequoia’s case.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Toyota Sequoia.

What’s new for 2018

What's New on the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Exterior
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The grille gets some different horizontal slats, the bumper is ever so slightly different with rectangular LED fog lights

The Sequoia’s biggest exterior change happens up front. The grille gets some different horizontal slats, the bumper is ever so slightly different with rectangular LED fog lights replacing the round halogen fog lights from before, and the headlights are now LED with accented LED daytime running lights.

Around back, Toyota gave the Sequoia zero changes. Yep, the bulbous taillights, the round reflectors in the bumper, and the manual-opening hatch are all unchanged since 2008. Even the Platinum’s 20-inch alloy wheels are the same as before.

Thankfully more changes happen inside the Sequoia. The dashboard now features a new gauge cluster that finally moves away from the pod-style gauges of the last decade. A new 4.2-inch TFT display offers driver information like tire pressure, trip information, fuel economy, and controls for several of Sequoia’s new safety systems. Gone is the dashboard’s two-tone black and silver theme, replaced with an all-black look with satin chrome accents.

What's New on the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Interior
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The dashboard now features a new gauge cluster that finally moves away from the pod-style gauges of the last decade

Regardless of the trim or price, the 2018 Sequoia makes do with an aging 6.1-inch touchscreen with a soft-touch plastic screen running an older version of Toyota Entune software. It does have GPS navigation, but Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging – yeah, none of that is available. Never fear, though, Toyota gives you a CD player, one USB port, and an AUX input jack. It’s surprising that a cassette deck isn’t available.

The Sequoia’s dash continues using the same layout as the 2007 – 2013 Toyota Tundra. Big knobs control the HVAC system with dual-zone climate controls. The Sequoia Platinum does feature heated and vented front seats. Controls for the rear HVAC system are present, but only include buttons for temperature and power – not fan speed.

Updated Safety Tech

What's New on the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Exterior
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Perhaps the most meaningful change Toyota brought to the 2018 Sequoia is its Toyota Safety Sense-P system

Perhaps the most meaningful change Toyota brought to the 2018 Sequoia is its Toyota Safety Sense-P system. The package includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with full stop technology, and Automatic High Beams.

Also coming standard for 2018 but not technically bundled in the TSS-P system is Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. As before, a backup camera is standard.

We’ll be covering every aspect of the 2018 Toyota Sequoia in the coming days, so stay tuned for more opinions, stats, and driving impressions.

References

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