The 2018 Toyota Sequoia deserves consideration if your transportation needs a three-row SUV. It offers seating for up to eight people, off-road capabilities, impressive towing and large cargo space. Basically Sequoia can do anything.
But Sequoia has been around for 10 years without a redesign. It’s a long time in the automotive industry, and it’s seen in the outdated interior design, the lack of refinement and saving of materials. This is difficult when other large crossover SUV’s can provide a similar interior but with good fuel economy and a combination of ride comfort and better handling.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is a four-door, full-size SUV with standard eight-passenger seating. It’s available in four trims: SR5, TRD Sport, Limited and Platinum.
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia SR5 comes with standard features include 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, LED headlights, a power rear window, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, a 40/20/40-split second-row bench seat (with reclining and sliding function), a 60/40-split reclining and fold-flat third-row bench, second- and third-row retractable sunshades, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a USB port, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD and satellite radio.
Safety features include adapting cruise control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
An optional Premium package for the SR5 adds a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, integrated navigation system, a power reclining and folding third-row seat, and leather upholstery.
Complete information on the TRD Sport still not available, but Toyota has said it will come with special exterior styling details, 20-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.
Stepping up to the Limited model gets you the SR5’s Premium package plus 20-inch wheels, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors and upgraded gauges. Optional equipment for the Limited includes a rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-ray player and 14-speaker premium JBL sound system with driver memory settings. A seven-passenger swaps the second-row bench for two captain’s chairs is also optional.
Finally, the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Platinum adds all of the above features plus an adaptive air suspension, a power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs and a second-row center console.
Powering the 2018 Toyota Sequoia is a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear wheels drive are standard. A four-wheel-drive system with a locking limited-slip center differential and low-range gearing is available as an option. For performance, a 4WD 2018 Toyota Sequoia accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.
EPA fuel economy is only 15 mpg in combined driving (13 city/18 highway) with rear-wheel drive, and 14 mpg combined (13 city/17 highway) with 4WD. These numbers are lower than competitors. Depending on the trim level your choice and whether you get two- or four-wheel drive, the 2048 Toyota Sequoia towing capacity between 7,100 and 7,400 pounds.
Go inside, you’ll find the 2018 Toyota Sequoia’s spacious and comfortable cabin with space for eight passengers. Models that can be equipped with second row captain chairs have a luxurious feel, but the standard 40/20/40-split seats remain comfortable. Each seat can be adjusted, backwards for greater comfort or shifts forward to keep the kids close. The third row also reclines.
Unfortunately, construction and material quality is just average, but still nicer than you expect given the truck-based Sequoia. the Entune touchscreen audio control requires long range for many drivers, it is in contrast to the controls and gauges that are easy to use and well placed.
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia large windshield helps the driver’s view, but the large big hood makes it difficult to see the space around the front end. The thick front pillar and the large mirror also block the view through the turn. Side visibility is great for safe lane changes, and large rear windows are helpful. A rear-view camera is a necessity.
With all the seats in use, there are 18.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row. It’s the same with Ford Expedition, more than the Chevrolet Tahoe and most of the larger crossovers. Fold the third row of seats will produce 66.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the second and third rows open 120 cubic feet of cargo, which extends over Tahoe and Expedition.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is on sale and beginning to arrive now at dealers nationwide. It will compete against the 2018 Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.
Toyota hasn’t announced pricing for the Sequoia TRD Sport yet, but the SR5 is priced at $49,595 (include $1,295 destination fee). The rear-wheel-drive Limited has a starting price tag of $58,090. The range-topping Platinum trim starts at $65,305 for the rear-wheel-drive models.