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2016 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia has a roomy interior, strong engine performance, and a great reliability rating. However, this full-size SUV ranks in the back half of the large SUV class due in part to its clumsy dashboard layout and dated cabin materials.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Smooth ride
  • Muscular V8 engine
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Tough to park




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.7
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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2016 Toyota Sequoia Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Sequoia a Good Used SUV?

The Toyota Sequoia is a fine pick among large SUVs. The Sequoia comfortably seats eight and boasts an exceptionally large cargo area. It soaks up rough pavement nicely, and its muscular V8 engine can haul heavy loads with ease. Ultimately, however, there are more refined and far more fuel-efficient options in this class, like the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe.

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How Much Is the 2016 Toyota Sequoia?

You can expect to pay between $31,400 and $55,000 for a used 2016 Sequoia. These figures are based on over 210 listings for the 2016 Toyota Sequoia on our site. The average price is $43,300. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota Sequoia Cost to Own?

The Sequoia’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $29,300, or about $5,850 per year. That’s higher than average for the large SUV class. The 2016 Ford Expedition has the lowest five-year costs in this class, at around $26,100.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sequoia?

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia starts at $48,400 and can top $67,000 in some trim levels. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Sequoia, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there are a few big benefits to buying new. The 2018 Sequoia gained the previously unavailable Toyota Safety Sense P package as standard equipment. That means all 2018 models are equipped with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with brake assist. Additionally, the 2018 Sequoia received a slight interior and exterior redesign. Together, these updates make the 2018 Sequoia better than models from previous years.

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On the other hand, you can save money while still buying new. The 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at just $31,030. The three-row Highlander isn’t as spacious inside as the Sequoia, but it beats its larger sibling when it comes to fuel economy, interior quality, and maneuverability.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Sequoia?

The Sequoia has great reliability, earning four out of five points in J.D. Power’s reliability ratings.

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2016 Toyota Sequoia Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 Sequoia.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Sequoia Is Best?

The 2016 Sequoia marks the ninth model year of a generation that launched in 2008. There have been few changes to the Sequoia over the years. The most substantial updates arrived for the 2014 and 2018 model years. A touch-screen infotainment system became standard for 2014. The 2018 Sequoia received exterior and interior cosmetic updates as well as additional standard driver assistance features, like forward collision warning and lane departure (previously unavailable). If these changes aren’t important to you, consider saving money by shopping for very similar 2014 through 2017 models.

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Which Used Toyota Sequoia Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2016 Sequoia in three trim levels: SR5, Limited, and Platinum. The base model Toyota Sequoia SR5 comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch screen, satellite radio, CD player, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, a backup camera, remote keyless entry, cruise control, three-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, a moonroof, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

The Toyota Sequoia Limited trim adds a navigation system, power liftgate, parking sensors, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. Lastly, the Toyota Sequoia Platinum trim adds a load-leveling rear air suspension, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, JBL speakers, heated and ventilated front seats, and a rear-seat Blu-ray player.

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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. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Sequoia?

The 2016 Sequoia hasn't been put through many crash tests, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did give the SUV a four-out-of-five star rating for rollover safety. All 2016 Sequoia SUVs come standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

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2016 Toyota Sequoia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Sequoia or 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2016 Chevy Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia are both fine options in this class, and each has a good reliability rating. The Sequoia is more spacious, thanks to its roomier third-row seats and overall cargo space. However, the Tahoe is more refined. It offers higher-quality interior materials, superior fuel economy (up to 16/23 mpg), more advanced safety features like forward collision warning, support for Apple CarPlay, plus an even larger towing capacity than the Sequoia.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Sequoia or 2016 Ford Expedition?

The 2016 Ford Expedition is the true workhorse of this segment. It has a class-leading towing capacity of 9,200 pounds, and the extended-wheelbase EL model touts class-leading cargo space of 130.8 cubic feet. The Expedition’s twin-turbocharged V6 offers better gas mileage than the Sequoia (up to 16/22 mpg). Both models provide a comfortable ride, enough seating space for adults in all three rows, and good reliability ratings. That said, both models have low-quality interior materials compared to the others in the class.

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2016 Sequoia Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota Sequoia Drive?

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia has a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, while four-wheel drive is available. The engine isn’t very fuel efficient, but it hustles the Sequoia up to speed briskly – even with a full complement of passengers and cargo in tow. The smooth six-speed transmission delivers prompt gear changes.

The Sequoia has refined driving dynamics, which isn’t always typical of truck-based SUVs. The Sequoia feels rather stable around turns, and its steering is light. The suspension soaks up road bumps and dips remarkably well, too. Platinum models ride even more comfortably, thanks to an adaptive suspension with load-leveling rear air springs. That said, there’s no getting around the SUV’s large proportions and wide turning radius. It’s not very easy to park.

The Sequoia has a two-speed transfer case, a limited-slip center differential, and 10 inches of ground clearance – giving it respectable off-road ability. Still, Toyota’s 4Runner and Land Cruiser SUVs are better equipped for serious off-roading.

Does the 2016 Toyota Sequoia Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Sequoia gets 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway, which is very low even for a large SUV.

2016 Toyota Sequoia Towing Capacity

The Toyota Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds when equipped with its tow package.

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2016 Sequoia Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Sequoia Seat?

The Toyota Sequoia is a three-row SUV with seating for eight. Second-row captain’s chairs are available, which lower the seating capacity to seven. The Sequoia’s first- and second-row seats are soft, supportive, and they provide generous head- and legroom. The second-row seats can also recline and slide to better accommodate tall passengers. Better still, the Sequoia’s third-row seats are roomy enough for adults. Accessing the third row is fairly easy as well. Cloth seats are standard, and available upgrades include leather, heated, and ventilated seats. However, the Sequoia’s cabin materials don’t impress, and the design looks rather dated.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota Sequoia?

The Sequoia has three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. However, models equipped with the available second-row captain’s chairs have only two full sets.

2016 Toyota Sequoia Features

The 2016 Sequoia comes standard with a 6.1-inch Entune touch screen, a rearview camera, CD player, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Available features include a navigation system, JBL speakers, a rear-seat Blu-ray player, and the Entune app suite (iHeartRadio, Pandora, and more). The Sequoia’s touch-screen interface is user-friendly and responds quickly to inputs. It’s accompanied by simple audio and climate control buttons. However, some of these controls are hard to reach from the driver's seat.

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2016 Toyota Sequoia Dimensions

Toyota Sequoia Cargo Space

The Sequoia has 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, and 66.6 cubic feet with these seats folded. Total cargo space jumps to 120.1 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded, which is excellent for the large SUV class.

2016 Sequoia Length and Weight

The Sequoia is 17.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,730 to 6,000 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota Sequoia Built?

The Sequoia was built in Indiana.

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