2018 Toyota Sequoia
Why Buy the Toyota Sequoia?
Hands down, the biggest reason to buy a Toyota Sequoia is the space. The Sequoia seats seven or eight, depending on configuration. When the back two rows are folded down, it has a whopping 120 cubic feet of cargo space. Only the Chevrolet Suburban has substantially more.
Another great reason to choose the Sequoia is its safety. The 2018 model comes with a few new safety features, like automotive emergency braking and the Toyota Safety Sense (pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane departure alert, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control). But this behemoth was already incredibly safe. It had exactly zero fatalities per million cars sold in 2015. The Toyota Sequoia also has above-average reliability, meaning you can keep it for years with relatively few problems.
Which Toyota Sequoia Should I Buy?
You have your choice of four trims, each one with four-wheel drive optional: SR5, Limited, Platinum, and TRD Sport. The base SR5 model already has a lot of the options you’re probably looking for at a starting price that’s lower than its competitors. It comes standard with features like tri-zone automatic climate control, Toyota Safety Sense, moonroof, USB, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and Entune infotainment system with 6.1-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, and navigation linked to a smartphone app.
Going up just one trim to the Limited adds power liftgate, leather seats, heated front seats, power-adjustable passenger seat, and power-folding third-row seats. There are also optional captain chairs and JBL audio systems. We’d recommend stopping there. The Platinum adds a few more features, none of which are deal breakers. Finally, the TRD Sport is for those who want to add a little more pep in the Sequoia’s massive step.
What’s the Difference Between a Toyota Sequoia and Toyota Land Cruiser?
Though they have a passing similarity, the Sequoia and Land Cruiser are pretty different. The Sequoia is fairly new, having rolled off the manufacturing line for the first time in 2001, while the Land Cruiser is Toyota’s longest-running vehicle with 1940s roots. For much of that time, the Cruiser looked like a Jeep and still has off-roading sensibilities. Now it’s evolved into a large luxury sport utility vehicle.
The Sequoia was built on the frame of the Toyota Tundra pickup. It’s longer than the Land Cruiser and the Sequoia benefits from the towing and hauling capabilities of its truck roots.
Are Toyota Sequoias Good Off-Road?
If you want an off-roading Sequoia, get the all-new Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport with the four-wheel drive option. But keep in mind that the Sequoia wasn’t meant for leaving the beaten path altogether. It’ll do fine on rough gravel and dirt roads, but save the bouldering for vehicles like the Toyota Land Cruiser.