A new platform, a new V-6 engine, Tundra-like exterior bits, and modern tech and features are what’s special in the new Sequoiaby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 16:33
The current Toyota Sequoia has been around for 14 years. After having milked it to its very last drop, the automaker decided to get a new generation of the product. Toyota has taken the wraps off the new 2023 Sequoia, and it looks very different from the outgoing model. The 2023 Sequoia is based on a platform that it shares with other new products and even comes with a different engine under the hood. The full-size SUV boasts a fresh interior with modern tech and a new flagship trim as well. Can the 2023 Sequoia bring in better volume moving forward?
2023 Toyota Sequoia
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2023 Toyota Sequoia – Exterior
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is based on the same TNGA-F platform as the new Tundra, the Lexus LX, and the forbidden fruit in the U.S., the Land Cruiser 300. As for its looks, it is clearly inspired by the new Tundra. The seven-seater looks a lot sharper and less boring than before. You get a new set of headlights up front. The grille has also gotten bigger this time around.
The side profile looks chiseled now. There are some chrome touches as well, like on the door handles, the strips at the bottom, and even the window sill. It comes with different wheels and tires based on the trim you choose (more on the trims explained in the next section).
The rear looks quite smart, too, with the stretched horizontal taillights that slip to the side of the SUV. Even though it is quite bulky, the smart design by Toyota makes sure it doesn’t look like a flat wall. The ‘Sequoia’ name is spread out and placed in the middle under the number plate. Overall, the SUV looks in line with the modern offerings and it will stay fresh for many years.
How Many Colors Will Be Offered On The 2023 Toyota Sequoia?
The 2023 Sequoia will be offered in 11 exterior shades. One of these is exclusive to the TRD Pro trim:
- Wind Chill Pearl
- Celestial Silver
- Lunar Rock
- Magnetic Gray Metallic
- Army Green
- Midnight Black Metallic
- Smoked Mesquite
- Supersonic Red
- Solar Octane (TRD Pro-exclusive)
How Much Can The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Tow?
The maximum towing capacity on the new Sequoia sees a big improvement. The 2023 Sequoia can tow up to 9,000 pounds! This is 1,600 pounds more than the 2022 Sequoia’s maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds.
How Big Is The 2023 Sequoia?
Toyota hasn’t revealed the dimensions yet, but expect it to be similar to the outgoing Sequoia. The 2022 Sequoia is 205.1 inches long, 79.9 inches wide, 77 inches tall, and has a 122-inch long wheelbase.
2023 Toyota Sequoia – Trims
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia will be available in five trims – SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone.
Toyota introduced the Capstone trim on the Tundra as well earlier this month. The Capstone leapfrogs the Platinum trim as the top-spec trim on the Sequoia. It must be noted that the Capstone is based on the Platinum, so you can expect all the bells and whistles from the latter, along with a few more exclusive stuff sprinkled along. On the outside, the Capstone Sequoias will feature unique chrome accents all around, 22-inch chrome wheels, and power running boards. On the inside, you’ll get Semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats and LED mood lighting. An American Walnut with an open-pore finish is also exclusive to this, and so is a ‘Capstone’ logo on the dash. Toyota has also equipped an acoustic glass in the front doors for more sound-proofing.
The off-road-oriented TRD Pro trim comes with some changes on the outside, inside, and under the skin. That said, it isn’t a barebones off-road trim. There are quite a few niceties on the inside. The TRD Pro comes with captain’s chairs for the second row, a TRD heated steering wheel, and TRD accents on the seats and shift knob. On the outside, there’s an exclusive Heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” grille with an embedded TRD light bar and marker lights. Sequoias in this trim will come with 18-inch, Pro-specific black TRD alloy wheels.
The other stuff includes:
- A 1/4-inch aluminum TRD front skid plate
- Dual TRD Pro exhaust tip
- TRD roof rack
- TRD-tuned FOX internal bypass shocks
- Standard selectable locking rear differential
- Multi-Terrain Select
- Crawl Control and Downhill Assist Control
- TRD Pro-exclusive Solar Octane exterior shade
2023 Toyota Sequoia – Packages
The 2023 Sequoia comes with two TRD-specific packages – the TRD Sport and TRD Off-road.
The TRD Sport can be had on the SR5 trim and it comes with stuff like:
- 20-inch matte-black TRD wheels
- TRD sport-tuned Bilstein monotube shocks
- TRD-tuned springs
- Aluminum pedals inside the cabin
- Red TRD push-button start
As for the TRD Off-Road package, you can have it either on the SR5 or the Limited trims. This is a little more off-road-oriented and comes with goodies like:
- Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
- Selectable locking rear differential
- Multi-Terrain Select
- Downhill Assist
- Crawl Control
- Multi-Terrain Monitor
- TRD-tuned Bilstein monotube shock absorbers
- TRD-tuned springs
- Red front axle
- Aluminum pedals
- TRD push-button start button
2023 Toyota Sequoia – Interior
The 2023 Sequoia’s cabin is a huge improvement over the outgoing model. Behind the four-spoke chunky steering wheel is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. This is standard on all the trims. The center console houses a 14-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia touchscreen system on the higher trims, whereas the lower models come with an eight-inch touchscreen as standard. The infotainment system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota has also equipped voice assistance that activates when you say “Hey Toyota”.
The features vary on every trim, of course, but Toyota has reserved things like heated and ventilated seats, second-row captain’s chairs, 14-speaker JBL audio system, wireless charging, panoramic moonroof, head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, etc. for the top-tier trims like Platinum. The top-spec Capstone trim is based on the Platinum, so expect all these features there as well, along with some other additions to differentiate it from the Platinum.
Apart from this, Toyota has reworked the seating and cargo arrangement as well. The 2023 Sequoia can be had either as a seven-seater or an eight-seater. The base trims come with a bench seat for the second row, while the top trims with captain’s chairs. You get fabric seats on lower trims and leather-appointed upholstery on the higher trims.
Toyota has also tweaked the third-row bench a little. It can slide up to six inches now, making it comfortable for the last-row passengers. At least they won’t curse you for stuffing them into a comparatively cramped corner of the SUV on longer journeys. The seats can be folded down to fit into an adjustable cargo shelf as well.
2023 Toyota Sequoia – Drivetrain
The current-gen Toyota Sequoia comes with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. As we saw on the new Tundra, the Land Cruiser 300, and the Lexus LX, the V-8 has been replaced with a new V-6. Although the Tundra gets many iterations of the same mill, the Sequoia doesn’t.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia will be powered by a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 ‘i-Force Max’ hybrid-assisted mill. It will produce 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.
It will be mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. The main reason for replacing the V-8 with a V-6 is emissions and fuel economy. Toyota hasn’t revealed the fuel economy figures yet, but expect them to be a lot more impressive than the V-8’s abysmal figures. The current Sequoia with a V-8 delivers 13 miles in the city, 17 miles on the highway, and 15 miles combined for every gallon of fuel consumed.
The TRD Pro comes with a four-wheel-drive system as standard, but all the others will be paired with a two-wheel-drive system as the starting point. A four-wheel-drive system will be available on all the trims. Toyota also noted that the 2023 Sequoia will come with an independent suspension setup at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear. Load-leveling rear air system and adaptive dampers will be available as options.
2023 Toyota Sequoia – Pricing
Toyota hasn’t released the price of the 2023 Sequoia, but we speculate it to start at around $53,000 and top out in the ballpark of $75,000 since there’s a new flagship, top-spec Capstone trim.
For your reference, here’s how the 2022 Sequoia is priced:
- SR5 - $50,500
- TRD Sport - $53,215
- Limited - $59,520
- Nightshade Special Edition - $60,605
- TRD Pro - $64,625
- Platinum - $66,550
2023 Toyota Sequoia – Competition
The Toyota Sequoia will go up against the likes of the Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Tahoe.
Is The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Better Than The Ford Expedition?
The Ford Expedition is one of the most popular SUVs of the segment. It follows the same path as any other Ford product – a multitude of trims and you’ll need to shell out big money to get all the nice stuff. There are nine trims on offer in the current Ford Expedition. It is offered with a 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engine under the hood and comes in two states of tune, depending on the trim. The lower tune puts out 375 ponies and 470 pound-feet of twist, whereas the other pumps out 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission system.
The maximum towing capacity is 9,300 pounds, beating both, the Tahoe as well as the Sequoia. The Ford Expedition also features an independent rear suspension design but doesn’t come with an air suspension. The 2021 Ford Expedition starts from $50,595 and goes all the way up to $76,150 before any options.
Is The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Better Than The Chevrolet Tahoe?
The Chevy Tahoe is a competent product. The front fascia generally draws polarizing opinion, but otherwise, it looks pretty sedate. Chevy offers it in six trims and 10 exterior shades. You get different engine options here, unlike the downsized options on the Sequoia.
In fact, two of these are V-8s. There’s a 5.3-liter, V-8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, and a bigger 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that churns out 420 horses and 460 pound-feet of twist. A ten-speed automatic gearbox powers the wheels. It can tow up to 8,600 pounds. The 2022 Chevy Tahoe starts at $50,200 and goes all the way up to $70,500 before options.
2023 Toyota Sequoia – Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia will come with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 as standard. This suite of safety and driver-assistance features includes:
- Automatic High Beams
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Emergency Steering Assist
- Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Lane Tracing Assist
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Rear Seat Reminder
- Road Sign Assist
2023 Toyota Sequoia – Warranty
This is how Toyota has planned its warranty and roadside-assistance program:
- 3-year/36,000-mile – Basic new-vehicle warranty
- 5-year/60,000 miles – Powertrain warranty
- 5-year/unlimited miles – Corrosion warranty
- 10-year/150,000 miles – Hybrid battery
- 8-year/100,000 miles – Hybrid-related components, including the battery control module, hybrid control module, and inverter with converter
- 2-year/25,000 miles – 24-hour roadside assistance (ToyotaCare)
- 2-year/25,000 miles – Normal factory-scheduled maintenance (ToyotaCare)
Frequently Asked Questions:
How Many Trims Are Available On The 2023 Toyota Sequoia?
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia will be available in five trims, namely: SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone.
How Much Does The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Cost?
Toyota hasn’t revealed the pricing yet, but we speculate the 2023 Toyota Sequoia to start at around $53,000 and go all the way up to $75,000. For your reference, the current Sequoia starts at $50,500.
How Big Is The Touchscreen On The 2023 Toyota Sequoia?
The higher trims come with a 14-inch touchscreen system, whereas the lower models feature an eight-inch touchscreen. The system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
How Much Can The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Tow?
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia can tow up to 9,000 pounds, almost 22-percent more than the outgoing model.
What Engine Does The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Have?
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is powered by a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 ‘i-Force Max’ hybrid-assisted engine that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. The TRD Pro comes with a four-wheel-drive system as standard, whereas the SR5, Limited, Platinum, and Capstone trims will come with a two-wheel-drive system will be standard. A part-time four-wheel-drive system will be offered as optional.
Are There Any Packages Offered On The 2023 Toyota Sequoia?
Yes, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia comes with a couple of TRD packages. The TRD Sport package is available on the SR5 trim, whereas the TRD Off-Road package is available on the SR5 and Limited trims.
When Will The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Arrive?
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia will arrive in the summer of 2022.