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2015 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia has well-balanced driving dynamics and a solid reliability rating, but its unimpressive cabin quality contributes to its middle-of-the-class ranking.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V8 engine
  • Well-balanced handling
  • Good reliability rating
  • Spacious seating and cargo hold
  • Poor fuel economy
  • So-so interior quality
  • Lower towing capacity than rivals




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Toyota Sequoia Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Sequoia a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Toyota Sequoia is a good used large SUV. Like many Toyota vehicles, the Sequoia earns good marks for reliability. Additionally, it has a powerful V8 engine, good handling for its size, and three rows of comfortable seats. It also offers nearly 120 cubic feet of max cargo space.

However, the Sequoia suffers from poor fuel economy, and it can't tow as much as most class rivals can. Its current generation dates to 2008, and the cabin is starting to show its age. Overall, the Sequoia's interior just isn't as nice as those in the rest of the segment.

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How Much Is the 2015 Toyota Sequoia?

Based on listings for the 2015 Toyota Sequoia on our site, the average price is about $38,500. Prices range from $28,000 to $46,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota Sequoia Cost to Own?

The 2015 Sequoia’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,150, or $5,830 per year. That’s about average for a large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sequoia?

A new 2019 Sequoia starts at just over $49,000, while a used 2015 model can cost anywhere from $28,000 to $46,000. There are a few other differences between a new 2019 Sequoia and a used 2015 model. New Sequoias come standard with a long list of active safety and driver assistance features, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. Many of those weren't even available in the 2015 model. You can save thousands of dollars by buying a 2015 Sequoia instead of a new one, just know that you'll miss out on those standard safety features. To get those features for a little less money, consider a used 2018 Sequoia, which is nearly identical to the 2019 model but likely less expensive.

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There aren't any new large SUVs you can buy for what you might pay for a used 2015 Sequoia. There are some new midsize SUVs in this price range though. The 2019 Honda Pilot, for example, starts at $31,450 and has seating for up to eight and a surprisingly spacious third row. The Pilot comes standard with a lot of active driver assistance features, and it boasts solid crash-test results.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Sequoia Is Best?

Toyota made no major changes to the Sequoia for 2015, 2016, or 2017, so you may want to consider the nearly identical 2014 model, which will likely cost less. The Entune touch-screen system became standard for 2014, making that model a better choice than 2013-and-older Sequoias.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Sequoia?

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Toyota Sequoia Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2015 Toyota Sequoia. Certain models are equipped with lug nuts that may crack and result in the wheels detaching from the vehicle. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota Sequoia Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Sequoia comes in three trim levels: SR5, Limited, and Platinum. All models have a V8 engine, an automatic transmission, and either rear- or all-wheel drive. The base model is well-equipped with a standard touch-screen system, a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. The midrange Limited trim will likely offer the best combination of features and value. It has leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and a larger touch screen with navigation.

You'll find some Limited models with features that come standard in the Platinum trim, such as second-row captain's chairs, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a premium sound system. Other standard features in the top-of-the-line Platinum trim include ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Sequoia?

Most large SUVs do not undergo crash testing, and those that do are often sparingly evaluated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Sequoia four out of five stars in the rollover test.

The Sequoia comes standard with a rearview camera. Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Toyota Sequoia Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe was fully redesigned and matches or exceeds the Sequoia in basically every area. Both of these large SUVs have brute V8 engine power, but the Chevy can tow up to 1,200 pounds more than the Toyota, and it returns better fuel economy. Thanks to the redesign, the Tahoe 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 configuration for up to nine people. These two rivals have similar average prices, but the Chevy has lower projected ownership costs. You're probably better off with the Tahoe.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Sequoia or 2015 Nissan Armada?

The 2015 Nissan Armada ranks poorly in the affordable large SUV class. One of its few advantages over the Sequoia is price. It's the only SUV in the segment with an average list price of less than $30,000. That’s also about $8,800 less than the average price of a Sequoia. In most other areas, the Toyota comes out on top. The Sequoia rides and handles much better than the Armada, which bumbles around corners and can be tricky to maneuver in tight spots. Additionally, the Armada has a cramped third row and less cargo space than many class rivals, including the cavernous Sequoia. Unless you're on a tight budget, go for the Sequoia over the Armada.

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2015 Sequoia Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota Sequoia Drive?

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with a 381-horsepower V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. That power rating is one of the highest for a large SUV's standard engine. This strong V8 gets the Sequoia moving effortlessly, even when hauling a full complement of passengers or cargo. The transmission delivers precise shifts to aid in smooth acceleration.

Despite its large size, the Sequoia handles well, with only a bit of body lean around corners. An independent rear suspension helps to provide a plush, comfortable ride. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Toyota Sequoia Get Good Gas Mileage?

The tradeoff for so much muscle under the hood is a poor fuel economy rating. The Sequoia gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 17-18 mpg on the highway.

2015 Toyota Sequoia Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds. Most class rivals can tow more.

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2015 Sequoia Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Sequoia Seat?

The Toyota Sequoia seats up to eight people across three rows. Some models have second-row captain's chairs that reduce seating to seven. The front seats offer plenty of comfort and support, though taller people may want more headroom. The second row can slide and recline, and the third row is roomy enough for adult passengers. The cabin materials are nice enough, but the Sequoia's interior can't match the ritzier appearance of some class competitors.

Cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10- or 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, rear-window sunshades, and a power-reclining third row.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota Sequoia?

The 2015 Sequoia has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors on each second-row seat and an upper tether on the third-row middle seat. Most of the anchors for the second-row seats are hard to find and use, though the rear-most tether anchor is easier to find and maneuver around.

2015 Toyota Sequoia Features

Standard features in the 2015 Sequoia include a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system with HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, the Entune App Suite, a rear-seat entertainment system, a household-style power outlet, and a 14-speaker JBL premium stereo.

Toyota's Entune infotainment system is pretty easy to use, but there's an initial learning curve. Additionally, some dashboard controls can be hard to reach from the driver's seat.

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2015 Toyota Sequoia Dimensions

Toyota Sequoia Cargo Space

The Toyota Sequoia has an impressive amount of cargo room. It offers 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row and 66.6 cubic feet with the third row folded. Few class rivals can match the Sequoia's maximum cargo volume of 120.1 cubic feet.

A power liftgate is available.

2015 Sequoia Length and Weight

The Sequoia is 17.1 feet long. It ranges in curb weight from 5,730 to 6,000 pounds, and it has a gross vehicle weight rating of between 7,100 and 7,300 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota Sequoia Built?

Toyota built the 2015 Sequoia in Indiana.

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