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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia ranked #5 in Large SUVs. Currently the Toyota Sequoia has a score of 7.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 57 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2019 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia has a powerful engine, a roomy interior, and an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, it finishes in the bottom half of our large SUV rankings. The Sequoia is showing its age, which hurts its class ranking.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious, supportive seats
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Plenty of standard active safety technology
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Antiquated infotainment system
  • Disappointing cabin quality
  • Bad gas mileage
  • Below-average tow rating

Is the Toyota Sequoia a Good SUV?

The Toyota Sequoia is a good SUV. It has ample legroom in every row – a claim that not every 3-row SUV can make – and a sizable cargo area. Its lengthy list of standard features includes an impressive set of advanced safety systems. Though the V8 engine is meaty, it's also very thirsty. Additionally, the cabin looks outdated and doesn't quite meet the level of luxury offered by competitors. As a result, the Sequoia has a midpack standing in our large SUV rankings.

Should I Buy the Toyota Sequoia?

A good match for families that need lots of space for passengers and cargo, the Sequoia is also good for those who want the reassurance of an above-average predicted reliability rating. A couple of other large SUVs are worth looking into, both of which also earn high marks for reliability. The Chevrolet Tahoe is a bit smaller, but it has premium materials and a superb infotainment system. The Ford Expedition comes with a fuel-efficient engine, is capable of towing much heavier trailers than the Sequoia, and has more space for passengers.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Sequoia?

The 2019 Sequoia belongs to a generation that began with the 2008 model year. There are no notable changes for the 2019 model year. The 2018 model gained some new standard active safety features and a brand-new TRD Sport trim.

You can likely save thousands of dollars by shopping for an older Sequoia model, but you may miss out on any recent changes (though there haven't been many in the last several years). If you're interested in a used model, visit our overviews of the 2017 and 2018 Toyota Sequoia. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 55 Reviews Analyzed

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Sequoia generation, which runs from 2008 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Toyota Sequoia Cost?

At both ends of the trim spectrum, the Sequoia carries a middle-of-the-pack price tag for a large SUV. Its base trim starts at just under $49,000, while the range-topping Platinum trim starts at a bit above $64,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

Toyota Sequoia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Sequoia or Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevrolet Tahoe doesn't have as much cargo room and third-row passenger space as the Sequoia, but the Tahoe is superior in nearly every way. It comes with more standard tech features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot, none of which are available in the Sequoia. The Chevrolet is also more modern and upscale on the inside. Don't overthink this one; go with the Tahoe.

Which Is Better: Toyota Sequoia or Nissan Armada?

The Nissan Armada finishes alongside the Sequoia in the bottom half of our large SUV rankings, but it still has some advantages over its Toyota rival. The Nissan costs less, is slightly more powerful, gets marginally better fuel economy, and has a more upscale cabin. The Sequoia has a more user-friendly infotainment system (though the systems in both SUVs feel outdated), and it has far more cargo space than the Armada. Choosing between these SUVs will likely come down to what matters most to you.

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Sequoia Interior

How Many People Does the Sequoia Seat?

The Sequoia seats seven or eight people, depending on whether you want the available second-row captain's chairs or stick with the three-person split bench. The first two rows have a lot of room and provide plenty of support. The third-row seats aren't quite as spacious, though adults can still fit back there.

Sequoia and Child Car Seats

There are three full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats in the Sequoia.

Sequoia Interior Quality

You could be forgiven for assuming that Toyota doesn't really care about updating the Sequoia's cabin. Compared to rivals, this Toyota's interior looks and feels stale, and it incorporates too many low-rent materials. This is primary evidence of the Sequoia's aging design relative to rivals.

Sequoia Cargo Space

This Toyota is one of the best cargo haulers in the class. With all seats in use, it gives you nearly 19 cubic feet of cargo space. That's enough room for about 14 pieces of carry-on luggage. Folding the second and third rows down will give you about 120 cubic feet of space.

Sequoia Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a moonroof and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and navigation.

Most rivals are a step – or several steps – ahead of the Sequoia when it comes to infotainment. While the Entune system is easy to use, it's tough to reach from the driver's seat and feels ancient compared to some rivals' systems, which have larger touch screens and more advanced connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Sequoia Performance

Sequoia Engine: Hope You Like the V8

All Sequoia trims come with a 381-horsepower V8 engine. It provides plenty of juice to move this big Toyota, and it feels powerful whether you're taking off from a stoplight or merging onto the highway.

Sequoia Gas Mileage: Unquenchable Thirst

The Sequoia earns 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Those are the lowest ratings in the class. You'll save more than $400 per year on gas driving the Chevy Tahoe compared to the Sequoia.

Sequoia Ride and Handling: It's No Slouch

Despite its size, the Sequoia is reasonably maneuverable and easy to drive. It's composed on winding roads as well. Over most road surfaces, the Sequoia rides smoothly, though you'll still feel larger road imperfections. This is no Land Rover, but the Sequoia is a competent off-roader.

Sequoia Towing Capacity

A properly equipped Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds. Every class rival can tow more.

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Sequoia Reliability

Is the Toyota Sequoia Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Sequoia an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Toyota Sequoia Warranty

Toyota covers the Sequoia with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Sequoia Safety

Sequoia Crash Test Results

The 2019 Sequoia has not yet been fully crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but it earned four stars in their rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't tested the Sequoia as of this writing.

Sequoia Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and Toyota Safety Sense. This suite of safety features includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Sequoia Dimensions and Weight

The Sequoia is 17 feet, 1 inch long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,695 to 6,000 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Toyota Sequoia Built?

Toyota builds the Sequoia in Indiana.

Which Toyota Sequoia Model Is Right for Me?

The Sequoia is available in four trims: SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and Platinum. All trims come with rear-wheel drive, a 381-horsepower V8 engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is available in every trim.

The base model comes with plenty of active safety features and enough infotainment tech to keep many buyers satisfied, particularly those that don't care about high-end upgrades like leather upholstery, second-row captain's chairs, and a premium audio system. If you are interested in those kinds of features, you'll want to step up to the Limited trim.

Toyota Sequoia SR5

The Sequoia SR5 carries a base price of $48,700. It comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, Toyota Safety Sense, a moonroof, and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, and navigation linked to a smartphone app.

Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport 

The Sequoia TRD Sport starts at $51,410. The TRD Sport is slightly sportier than the other trims, and it comes with 20-inch wheels, Bilstein shocks, anti-sway bars, and second-row captain’s chairs.

Toyota Sequoia Limited

The Sequoia Limited has a starting price of $57,195. The Limited comes with a power liftgate, integrated navigation, leather seats, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and power-folding third-row seats.

Toyota Sequoia Platinum

The Sequoia Platinum is the highest trim, and it carries a starting price of $64,410. The Platinum comes with an adaptive air suspension, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, ventilated front seats, and heated second-row captain’s chairs. This trim comes standard with almost every feature you can get in a Sequoia.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

Toyota seems to have adopted a "stick with what works" strategy for the 2019 Sequoia. This SUV looks much the same as it has for several years. It's spacious, powerful, and comfortable. However, it's also starting to look and feel outdated compared to its classmates, which is why the Sequoia finishes in the bottom half of our class rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The Sequoia is a very functional SUV, but it has drawbacks. Though powerful, that V8 engine lacks the efficiency that most buyers in this category have come to expect. Also, the Sequoia's infotainment interface, with its dinky 6-inch screen and lack of full smartphone integration capability, is about as geriatric as these things get. We prefer the Ford Expedition. Recently redesigned, it bests the Sequoia in just about every metric. And if you don't need massive towing capability, a three-row crossover SUV will likely suit you just fine. Overall, though, the aging Toyota Sequoia's exceptional utility and V8 brawn give it a certain amount of timeless appeal." -- Edmunds
  • The 2017 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV is as massive and sturdy as the tree for which it is named. Unfortunately, the Sequoia's aging design places it behind newer SUVs in the areas of towing, design and power. GMC's Yukon and Yukon XL, for example, offer more horsepower and cargo space. … Still, the Sequoia offers plenty of room for growing families, and its 5.7-liter V8 has no problem moving this SUV around. Toyota's Multi-mode 4-wheel drive allows the Sequoia to capably manage tough off-road situations, something unit-body SUVs have trouble mastering. Toss in the Sequoia's excellent reliability and resale figures and it's easy to see why the 2017 Sequoia has so many repeat customers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Based on the excellent Tundra full-size pickup, the 2016 Toyota Sequoia has all the toughness you could ask for in an SUV – yet its ride and handling are surprisingly refined. And its cabin is first-rate, deftly hiding those work-truck origins with above-average materials and plenty of luxuries. It's a good choice in its ever-shrinking class, which primarily appeals to large families and those looking to tow or haul big loads." -- Autotrader (2016)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 18, 2019

Low Sales: Sequoia sales to date this year have declined by 6.4 percent compared to the same period in 2018, when it was the slowest selling option in the large SUV segment. It has maintained its last-place position so far in 2019. 

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