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2014 Toyota Sequoia Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Toyota Sequoia was new.


Performance: 8.1

Test drivers say they are very pleased with the 2014 Toyota Sequoia’s smooth ride and very powerful and refined V8 engine. Many reviewers also think that the Sequoia has decent handling for such a large vehicle, although some complain about numb steering and body lean in corners.

  • "Underpinned by the same sturdy frame used by the Tundra pickup, the Sequoia uses a fully independent suspension that provides a comfortable ride and some of the better driving dynamics in the old-school SUV segment." -- Left Lane News
  • "Even with its considerable bulk, the independent rear suspension and good steering feel make keeping the Sequoia on its intended path easy and predictable, and the optional proximity-warning system and rearview video camera help in maneuvering its size through tight spots and crowded parking lots." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You'll never forget the 2013 Toyota Sequoia is a large vehicle, but thanks to its independent rear suspension and quick (but numb) hydraulic power steering, there's a surprising nimbleness to be found." -- Edmunds (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Sequoia features a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, which is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sequoia gets an EPA-estimated 13/17 mpg city/highway, which is poor for a large SUV and much less than what most three-row crossovers get. The Sequoia can tow a maximum of 7,400 pounds.

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Sequoia’s V8 is refined and delivers very strong acceleration. They also say the six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly. Because of its capable powertrain and truck-based frame, critics think the Sequoia is a strong towing vehicle, though it can’t match rivals like the Chevrolet Suburban or the Ford Expedition, which can tow 8,100 and 9,200 pounds, respectively.

  • "The powertrain combo is potent enough to scoot the nearly three-ton Sequoia from zero-to-60 mph in under seven seconds, which is blistering by the standards of the class." -- Left Lane News
  • "One of the best features of the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is its strong and quiet 5.7-liter V8 engine, with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It's unobtrusively reassuring and is equal to any task the Sequoia may be asked to accomplish." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 5.7-liter V8 is an eager engine that moves this big, heavy truck with plenty of gusto." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Equally satisfying is the 2013 Sequoia's powertrain: The 5.7-liter V8 is powerful, silken and near silent until you pin the throttle. We also like the six-speed automatic, which is responsive even when towing." -- Edmunds (2013)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Toyota Sequoia has a very comfortable ride, especially with the air suspension system, which is standard on the top-of-the-line Platinum model. Many think that it also handles well for a large SUV, though one critic says it leans too much in the corners, and a few write that the steering is numb. Still, one automotive journalist says the Sequoia has powerful brakes for a large SUV.

  • "The ride is nearly luxury-car smooth and the Platinum trim level's air-spring suspension makes it even better." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its steering is too light and indirect, and body lean is prevalent in even moderate-speed turns." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "In Edmunds brake testing, the Toyota Sequoia required 127 feet to come to a stop from 60 mph, which is a short distance for SUVs in this class." -- Edmunds (2013)

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