The all-new Toyota Sequoia 2023 leaves a lasting impact. The three-row SUV is completely redesigned from the bottom up, with the goal of elevating the full-size sector with top comfort, cutting-edge technology, and performance thanks to a new hybrid engine. The new Toyota flagship SUV should be available starting in the summer of 2022.
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Emphasis on power and comfort
This third-generation Sequoia has been fully overhauled, earning the title of “all-new SUV.” The powerful twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-FORCE MAX powerplant will be standard on all 2023 Sequoias. This excellent hybrid, which debuted on the Tundra, delivers 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. of torque.
The i-FORCE MAX’s smartly developed powertrain includes a unique motor-generator inside the bell housing between the twin-turbo engine and the 10-speed automatic gearbox, so it’s not simply heavy on power. This design offers maximum performance as well as incredible efficiency, and it was created with heavy-duty performance and demand in mind. Estimates for fuel efficiency aren’t available yet, but the i-FORCE MAX’s power is predicted to be very competitive at the top of the market – and a significant improvement over the previous version.
On the SR5, Limited, Platinum, and Capstone grades, Sequoia will be available in 2WD or a part-time 4WD system. TRD Pro will only be available in 4WD. The part-time 4WD system uses a transfer case to switch between 2WD, 4WD high, and 4WD low via a lever on the center console.
Aiming to offer an excellent ride in any conditions
The full-size SUV sector is, as it should be, a tough one. As a result, the Sequoia must be able to handle a wide range of duties. The all-new SUV is based on a contemporary body-on-frame chassis with a completely boxed frame that is shared with the all-new Tundra and all-new global Land Cruiser. This platform’s main goal is to deliver exceptional handling, exquisite comfort, and amazing capabilities.
By applying innovative methods, such as new laser welding technology, the engineering team behind this next-generation frame was able to boost stiffness and improve ride comfort while reducing bulk and weight in places where it wasn’t required while strengthening the regions that needed it most.
Sequoia has an independent front suspension and a new rack-mounted electronic power steering system that provides a better steering sensation. For individuals who tow often, a contemporary multi-link rear suspension is used to provide a smooth ride and the ability to add the available Load-Leveling Rear Height Control Air Suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).
Seating and cargo arrangements for the three-row SUV are flexible. Second-row passengers receive either bench seats or captain’s chairs, depending on the grade, both of which recline for passenger convenience or fold down/tumble forward if more cargo room is required.
The third-row benefits from a large reclining backseat with optional motorized folding, as well as one of Sequoia’s most notable new features: the proprietary Sliding Third Row with an Adjustable Cargo Shelf System. The third row may move with a 6-inch adjustment range thanks to this segment-first function.
The third row may also fold down to match the new Adjustable Cargo Shelf System’s many storage locations: a removable shelf that can be positioned in a number of storage configurations depending on the scenario. The Freight Shelf System is intended to provide you the most versatility when it comes to back cargo and storage.
Towing – whether a trailer, boat, or RV – is high on the list of needs for full-size SUVs since they must do everything. That’s why the all-new Sequoia has a maximum towing capability of up to 9,000 pounds, an increase of approximately 22% over the previous model.
The Tow Tech Package, which is optional on all grades but standard on TRD Pro and Capstone, includes technologies such as Trailer Backup Guide to assist in backing up the SUV with a trailer and Straight Route Assist to help maintain the trailer straight on its intended path while backing up.
Drive Mode Select is a brand-new feature on the Sequoia that lets you choose from a variety of driving modes based on your preferences, including Eco, Normal, and Sport. Comfort, Sport S+, and Custom are now available with optional Load-Leveling Rear Height Control Air Suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension settings.
The i-FORCE MAX powertrain, for example, takes advantage of the electric motor’s immediate response when using the SPORT or SPORT S+ settings. While the electric motor does the majority of the work at lower speeds, as the vehicle reaches 18 mph, the gasoline engine takes over providing great performance in the mid- and high-speed range.
The i-FORCE MAX system is always in tandem operation in TOW/HAUL mode, providing excellent acceleration and torque for towing purposes.
Sequoia’s abundance of cameras increases the view surrounding this gorgeous SUV, offering different outside viewpoints that can be seen from the optional 14-inch touchscreen or the available digital display rearview mirror. Trailer towing enthusiasts will love the Panoramic Perspective Monitor, which shows a top-down view of the SUV and its surroundings.
A rear split view, which shows what’s around on either side of the trailer, and a hitch view, which helps with trailer connection, are two options. Factory available hydraulic folding, extending and retracting tow mirrors are offered for the first time on Sequoia, providing enhanced peace of mind while towing a trailer.
Special design by Calty design studio
Sequoia provides room for families that need it, whether for transporting people, equipment, or both. It will be offered in five grades: SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone, which is new to Sequoia.
Each grade has its own distinct appearance and feel, although the style was handled by Toyota’s North American design studio Calty, which had a set of fundamental goals that would be carried across the series.
“Our primary design goal for Sequoia was to create a sophisticated, yet tough and active lifestyle SUV that looks capable of handling a diversity of big adventure needs,” says Calty President Kevin Hunter. “That holds true whether it’s a night out on the town with friends, towing a boat to the lake with family or taking a more extreme off-road adventure.”
The well-equipped SR5, which provides a solid foundation of power, efficiency, and technology, is at the top of Sequoia’s grade series. It comes with an incredible list of standard equipment, including an i-FORCE MAX engine connected to a 10-speed automatic gearbox, Toyota Safety Sense 2.5, a sunroof, heated seats, and more.
It also has a Panoramic View Monitor and a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument panel (PVM). The 14-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia display, power third row, hands-free liftgate, Softex seats, and cabin and cargo 120-volt power outlets are all included with the SR5 Premium package.
The TRD Sport option, which replaces the standard 18-inch wheels with 20-inch matte-black TRD alloys, is also available on SR5 vehicles. It has TRD sport-tuned Bilstein monotube shocks and TRD-tuned springs to complement the lively handling. Aluminum pedals and a red TRD push-button start are among the inside TRD embellishments.
Limited improves on the SR5 by emphasizing improved convenience. It comes standard with a 14-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia touchscreen, as well as heated/ventilated front seats with memory settings, a heated steering wheel, a power-folding third row, and a hands-free power liftgate. Standard on the Limited is manual second-and third-row sunshades to keep the rear half of the SUV shaded as required.
The first-for-Sequoia TRD Off-Road option is available for both SR5 and Limited 444 versions. TRD Off-Road improves off-road performance with the inclusion of a selectable locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select that helps manage wheel spin for greater grip, and Downhill Assist Control to assist with steep descents, whilst TRD Sport is more focused on on-road attributes.
Crawl Control, which acts as off-road cruise control for low-speed trail navigation in 4WD Low, is also standard. TRD Off-Road also comes with a Multi-Terrain Monitor, which gives the driver a better perspective of hard-to-see places. TRD-tuned Bilstein monotube shock absorbers and TRD-tuned springs have been installed, as well as a red front axle driveshaft.
Aluminum gas/brake pedals are standard, and a red TRD push-button start button completes the performance aesthetic. Both the SR5 and the Limited come with 18-inch alloy wheels that are exclusive to the package.
With heated and ventilated front and second-row seats, second-row captain’s chairs, a standard 14-speaker JBL® Luxury Audio system, a standard panoramic sunroof, and a standard Head-Up Display, the Platinum grade emphasizes increased comfort and premium amenities.
High-quality LED headlights and taillights, as well as sequential turn signals, have been incorporated. Platinum has rain-sensing wipers and standard Qi wireless charging.
TRD Pro is an excellent choice for adventurous families that want to wander off the beaten path on a frequent basis. TRD Pro isn’t just an off-roader, however; it comes standard with second-row captain’s chairs, a TRD heated steering wheel, and TRD accents on the seats and gear knob. Thanks to the TRD roof rack, the TRD Pro has more load-carrying choices.
Internal bypass shocks designed by TRD provide a smooth on-road ride, but they can also comfortably tackle off-road conditions when the route turns rocky. Trail protection is provided by a 1/4-inch aluminum TRD front skid plate.
With a standard selectable locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select, CRAWL Control, and Downhill Assist Control, the Sequoia TRD Pro provides even more trail capabilities. The TRD Pro has a heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” grille with an incorporated TRD light bar and marker lights towards the top.
It has black 18-inch TRD alloy wheels with a greater offset for a broader stance, which are Pro-specific. A twin TRD Pro exhaust tip adds snarl and charm to the vehicle.
The Capstone grade is the most luxurious of the Sequoia grades, expanding on the wonderful features of Platinum while adding extra top-of-the-line features to make it the most sumptuous Sequoia ever. Capstone has distinctive chrome embellishments to give it a sophisticated look, with the standard 22-inch chrome wheels being the most eye-catching feature — a first for Sequoia and exclusive to Capstone.
The standard motorized running boards allow access to the standard semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, kicking off the luxury interior experience. The seats are not only high-end, but they also feature attractive perforation and a Capstone-exclusive black-and-white color scheme.
Authentic American Walnut with an open-pore treatment showcases the wood grain in the center console and passenger-side dash. The Walnut pieces on the dash surround a Capstone emblem, which is enhanced by LED mood lighting when the doors are opened. Capstone is the only Sequoia grade with acoustic glass in the front doors for further outside sound deadening, making it even quieter.
White, Wind Chill Pearl, Celestial Silver, Lunar Rock, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Blueprint, Army Green, Midnight Black Metallic, Smoked Mesquite, Supersonic Red, and the TRD-exclusive Solar Octane are among the many hues available on the all-new Toyota Sequoia. Wind Chill Pearl and Supersonic Red are offered as premium paint choices, while Solar Octane is only available on TRD Pro versions.
A new Toyota multimedia system is the highlight of the interior
The new multimedia system, which debuted in Tundra, will be installed in Sequoia. The all-new Toyota Audio Multimedia system, created and manufactured by Toyota’s Texas-based Connected Technologies team, is controlled via a big 8-inch or optional 14-inch touchscreen.
Thanks to innovative sight, touch, and voice activation, the Toyota Audio Multimedia system provides a better user experience. Simple words like “Hey Toyota” activate the Intelligent Assistant accessible via Drive Connect, allowing voice-activated instructions to search for directions, discover POIs, modify music settings, alter cabin temperatures, and more.
Drive Connect’s cloud-based native navigation system enables real-time Over the Air updates for mapping and Points of Interest (POI), with Google POI data incorporated for up-to-date search functionality. It’s also compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto on a wireless basis.
Toyota Audio Multimedia supports twin Bluetooth phone connections at the same time. A Wi-Fi Connect subscription turns Sequoia into an AT&T Hotspot, providing 4G access for up to five devices, as well as the opportunity to link your individual Apple Music® and Amazon Music subscriptions to your car through Integrated Streaming.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia safety systems
Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 is standard on all Sequoia models. This active safety system contains a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that improves on the previous generation by identifying not just the car ahead, but also a pedestrian in poor light, a bicycle during the day, an incoming vehicle, and a pedestrian at crossings while turning.
When making a left-hand turn at an intersection, the system is meant to identify an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian and deliver audio/visual warnings as well as automated braking in certain circumstances. Emergency steering assist is a feature that helps avoid lane departure by detecting pedestrians and stabilizing the driver’s emergency evasive steering motions.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control will be standard on the Toyota Sequoia (DRCC). If it detects the vehicle leaving the lane without activating a turn signal, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist informs the driver with auditory and visual alarms as well as a modest steering force.
Lane Tracing Assist employs visible lane markings or a preceding vehicle to assist keep the vehicle centered in its lane while DRCC is enabled and activated.
Automatic High Beams detect approaching or preceding cars and switch between high and low beam headlights automatically. Traffic Sign Assist uses a forward-facing camera to identify specific road sign information and show it on the multi-information display (MID).
The Toyota Rear Seat Reminder is standard on the Capstone and all Sequoias in 2023. If a rear door is opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle being switched on, or at any time after the vehicle has been turned on, the function will display a warning message in the instrument cluster, followed by multitone chimes, when the engine is shut off.
Other standard safety features include the Blind Spot Monitor, which is meant to detect and alert you of cars coming or positioned in the adjacent lanes, in addition to the TSS 2.5 system. Rear Cross Traffic Alert may provide additional peace of mind by detecting cars coming from either side as you back out and notifying you with a visual and auditory warning.
When a collision with a stationary object, oncoming vehicle, or when parking is possible, the Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking is meant to provide brake control.