The full-size SUV Toyota’s 2023 Sequoia is completely new from the ground up. Last week, when local roads were covered in ice and snow, it was my reliable mode of transportation. One of the most difficult parts of eastern Snohomish County is my long uphill driveway, which has never seen a snowplow.
Every 2023 Sequoia is easily powered by a powerful twin-turbo V6 hybrid engine that produces 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. It is a feat because the Sequoia weighs between 5,620 and 6,185 pounds depending on the configuration. The V6’s 10-speed automatic transmission is an equally capable partner.
The 2WD models get 21 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg all together, according to the EPA. The ratings are 19/22/20 mpg with 4WD. Pricing for the base model ranges from 59,960 dollars for a 42 SR5 to 79,960 dollars for a 44 Capstone. 72,560 dollars is the cost of the mid-level 42 Platinum trim. These figures include a destination fee of 1,595 dollars and an additional 3,000 dollars.
On the SR5, Limited, Platinum, and Capstone trims, the Sequoia is available with a 2WD system or with a part-time 4WD system. Only 4WD is available on the TRD Pro model. To select between 2WD, 4WD high, or 4WD low, the part-time 4WD system uses a transfer case that is controlled by a lever on the center console. During the rough week, the four-wheel drive system got a good workout and consistently impressed.
The SUV comes with standard eight passengers and three rows of seats with a bench in the second row. Captain’s chairs in the second row and a seven-passenger capacity are options for the layout. There is a lot of space, and the comfort is excellent.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia has another mixed media framework with a standard 8-inch or accessible 14-inch touchscreen. It works without being overly complicated and includes all of the connectivity and infotainment features that consumers of today have come to expect.