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Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
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2015 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia boasts high reliability and formidable muscle from its standard V8 engine. However, the SUV is relegated to the middle of the class because it's not as refined inside as some competitors, and the infotainment system requires several steps to set up.

Pros & Cons


  • Muscular engine
  • Pleasant ride
  • Adult-friendly third row         
  • Large cargo hold



  • Poor fuel economy
  • Not as upscale as rivals


2015 Toyota Sequoia Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Sequoia a Good Used SUV?

A used Toyota Sequoia is a roomy and reliable daily driver, with good driving dynamics and a cavernous amount of cargo space. Poor fuel economy and a nice, but less-than-luxury, interior hurt the Sequoia when compared to other classmates.

Used 2015 Toyota Sequoia Performance and Interior

All 2015 Toyota Sequoias are powered by a 381-horsepower V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. That's one of the highest horsepower ratings in the large SUV class, and it gets the Sequoia moving effortlessly even when hauling a full complement of passengers or cargo. The smooth-shifting transmission also aids in spry acceleration. Unfortunately, the trade-off for all that power is poor fuel efficiency – the Sequoia gets an estimated 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

Despite its large size, the Sequoia has good handling with only a bit of body lean. An independent rear suspension delivers a smooth and comfortable ride quality. You can find used Sequoias with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

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The 3-row Toyota Sequoia seats up to eight – or seven in models with second-row captain's chairs. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard, but some models may feature leather seats, heated seats, ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but they lack headroom for taller people. There is good rear-seat space, as the second row can slide and recline, and the third row is roomy enough for adult passengers. The Sequoia has three complete LATCH car-seat connections in the second row, and an additional tether anchor in the last row. Few competitors can match the Sequoia's standard maximum cargo space of 120.1 cubic feet. 

Overall, the 2015 Sequoia has quality materials in its cabin, but it can't match the higher opulence of some class competitors. Standard features in the base trim include tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a moonroof, a rearview camera, a USB port, satellite radio, and the Entune 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Entune is pretty easy to use, but it takes some time to set up. Additionally, some controls on the dashboard can be hard to reach from the driver's seat. Other available comfort and convenience features include a premium JBL sound system, navigation, parking sensors, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and auto-dimming and power-folding outside mirrors.

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Used 2015 Toyota Sequoia Prices

The price of a used 2015 Sequoia can range from about $33,000 for a base Toyota Sequoia SR5 to over $48,000 for a four-wheel-drive Toyota Sequoia Platinum model. Your exact price will depend on the SUV's mileage, condition, and features, and prices can shift with demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 45 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 45 professional reviews of the 2015 Sequoia and compiled them into one easy-to-use buying guide. Our data also includes cost of ownership estimates, safety scores, and reliability ratings.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Sequoia?

The Sequoia has a better predicted reliability score than many other vehicles on the market: a four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. 

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How Safe Is the Sequoia?

The 2015 Sequoia only underwent one crash test: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rollover test. In it, the SUV received four out of five stars. A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature. However, you can find some used models equipped with parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Sequoia?

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia is part of the vehicle’s second generation, which began with a full redesign for the 2008 model year. There were no major changes between the 2014 and 2015 model years, so you can likely save money by shopping for an older Sequoia. The 2014 model year saw the introduction of the Entune infotainment system as standard equipment, so be aware that some 2013 models may not come with it.

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Which Used Toyota Sequoia Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Sequoia comes in three trim levels: SR5, Limited, and Platinum. The midrange Limited is the best combination of features and value, with leather seats, the upgraded Entune infotainment system, and navigation. You can also find Limited models with features that come standard in the Platinum, including second-row captain's chairs, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a premium sound system.

Even with its good predicted reliability, you may 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 must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2015 Toyota Sequoia and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Sequoia or 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is fully redesigned and boasts brute V8 engine power, a supple ride quality, and responsive handling. The Tahoe also has an upscale interior, with plenty of premium materials that outshine the Sequoia's drab appearance. Another selling point of the Tahoe is its available seating for nine. If you need even more room, you might want to consider the Chevy Suburban, which is basically an extended-wheelbase Tahoe. The Suburban matches the Sequoia's massive cargo volume.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Sequoia or 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser is a luxury large SUV, so it'll likely cost you more to buy and own than a Sequoia. However, that money will get you an indulgent interior marked by real wood trim and premium leather covering most surfaces. Almost all features come standard with the Land Cruiser. Both of these SUVs share the same powertrain and on-road manners, but the Land Cruiser’s standard four-wheel drive, multi-terrain select, and crawl control make it a dependable off-road companion. The main reason to consider a Land Cruiser is if you have a lot of room in your budget and want a fully loaded, luxury vehicle that can go nearly anywhere. Otherwise, save a lot of cash with a decked-out Sequoia instead.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Sequoia or 2015 Ford Expedition?

The 2015 Ford Expedition has below-average reliability but the best safety scores in the class. Unlike its V8-powered rivals, the Expedition features a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers good fuel efficiency and ample passing power. However, it can struggle to get going from a stop. The Expedition also has an underwhelming interior with lots of plastic surfaces, even in higher trim levels. A standard Expedition is one of the few in the class that come close to the Sequoia's huge cargo volume, but you’ll get best-in-class cargo capacity with an extended-wheelbase Expedition EL.

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