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2014 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia has a decent reliability score and good performance. Still, it sits in the middle of its class due to its high ownership costs and sluggish infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V8 engine
  • Adult-friendly passenger space
  • Numerous standard features
  • Low fuel economy estimates
  • High ownership costs for class




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Toyota Sequoia Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Sequoia a Good Used SUV?

The Toyota Sequoia is a solid used SUV, especially if you're looking for roomy seating and a cavernous cargo hold. The Sequoia is a good value even in its base trim, as it comes with attractive standard features like an infotainment system, satellite radio, and a moonroof.

Used 2014 Toyota Sequoia Performance and Interior

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia is powered by a 381-horsepower V8 engine that produces 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. The Sequoia's powertrain delivers smooth, strong acceleration from a stop and has ample muscle for high-speed passing or merging maneuvers. Even when loaded with people or cargo, this big SUV gets going easily. The downside for all that force under the hood is poor fuel efficiency – the Sequoia only manages 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, which is low even for a large SUV.

The Sequoia is available with rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. Ride quality is comfortable, and the SUV enjoys good handling thanks to its light steering. While all Sequoias have refined on-road manners, models equipped with 4WD are decent off-road companions.

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The 2014 Sequoia seats up to eight in three rows. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. Available upgrades include leather seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row captain's chairs. Passenger space and comfort is good all-around – even the third row has satisfactory room for adults. The middle-row seats slide and recline for even more room and comfort. The Sequoia has three complete LATCH child-seat connections in its second row and a tether anchor for the third-row middle seat. Not many large SUVs can match the Sequoia's maximum cargo space (about 120 cubic feet), and both rear rows fold flat to allow for bulky items.    

Standard features in the 2014 Sequoia include tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, the Entune touch-screen infotainment system, and a moonroof. Available features include a JBL premium sound system, a navigation system, the Entune app suite, a rear-seat Blu-ray player, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and a power liftgate. Some of the Sequoia's controls can be hard to reach, but otherwise the dashboard has a mostly intuitive layout. While the touch-screen menus are easy to navigate, the system can be slow to respond to inputs.

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Used 2014 Toyota Sequoia Prices

Average prices for a used 2014 Sequoia range from around $30,900 for a rear-wheel-drive Toyota Sequoia SR5 up to about $44,600 for a four-wheel-drive Toyota Sequoia Platinum. Listings may vary with your region of the country and will depend on the SUV's mileage, features, and condition.

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We analyzed 41 Toyota Sequoia reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2014 Sequoia is the right used SUV for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Sequoia?

J.D. Power gave the 2014 Toyota Sequoia a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. A score of three out of five is considered average for vehicles across the industry.

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How Safe Is the Sequoia?

The 2014 Sequoia earned four out of five stars in its lone crash test – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's rollover test. Few large SUVs earn exemplary composite safety scores. There are no standard driver assistance features in the Sequoia, but some models may feature a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used Sequoia?

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia is part of the vehicle’s second generation, which began with a full redesign for the 2008 model year. Though you could likely save money with an older model, the 2014 Sequoia is the better choice due to its standard Entune touch-screen infotainment system.

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Which Used Toyota Sequoia Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia is available in three trims: SR5, Limited, and Platinum. Go with the midrange Limited model for the best value. It comes with leather seats, navigation, and a rearview camera, and you may be able to find models with added amenities like second-row captain's chairs.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Sequoia. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully or visit your local dealer.

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2014 Toyota Sequoia and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Sequoia or 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe gets good safety and reliability scores for a large SUV. It boasts a powerful V8 engine, a smooth transmission, and stable – yet lithe – handling. Those attributes give the Tahoe the best overall performance in the class. Inside, the Tahoe offers spacious seating for up to nine, as well as intuitive infotainment features. The Sequoia offers more standard features than the Tahoe, so you may have to hunt around to find a similarly equipped Chevy model. Because of the Tahoe's combination of quality, value, space, and family-friendly features, we named it our 2014 Best Large SUV for the Money and 2014 Best Large SUV for Families. If you're looking for even more passenger and cargo space, check out the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban. It's basically a long-wheelbase version of the Tahoe – but beware its worst-in-class reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Sequoia or 2014 Nissan Armada?

The 2014 Nissan Armada finishes near the bottom of the class, despite an OK reliability score. Its performance is far below that of class leaders, with a rough ride quality and mediocre handling. Inside, the Armada's cramped third row and smaller-than-average cargo space make it less utilitarian than the Sequoia. Additionally, the cabin is marked by a bland design and unimpressive materials. There are few reasons to choose the Armada instead of the Sequoia.

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