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2016 Toyota Sequoia Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Toyota Sequoia was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

Test drivers say the 2016 Toyota Sequoia's interior materials are fairly high-quality for the class, though some note that they aren't top-notch. Reviewers like the Sequoia's roomy, supportive front-row seats, as well as its sliding and reclining second-row seats. They add that the optional captain's chairs are comfortable, and the seats are roomy in both the seven- and eight-passenger models. Test drivers are pleased with the Sequoia's easy-to-use Entune touch-screen audio system, but say its initial setup can be tedious. The Sequoia has one of the largest cargo holds in the class.

  • "At least the materials are average-plus by class standards." -- AutoTrader
  • "The design is somewhat bland and a couple notches below sinfully luxurious but, as would be expected of a Toyota, the assembly detail is without fault." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The Sequoia's passenger cabin offers abundant room for passengers, cargo or a combination of the two. Whether you opt for the eight- or seven-passenger variation, you'll find a more comfortable and versatile cabin than its rivals." -- Edmunds (2013)

Seating

The 2016 Sequoia seats eight, but when equipped with optional second-row captain’s chairs, its seating drops to seven. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Optional features include leather upholstery, heated first- and second-row seats, ventilated front seats and a power-adjustable front passenger seat. Reviewers think the first-row seats are roomy and supportive, but they wish there were more headroom. Auto writers appreciate the sliding and reclining second-row seats, and they report that the optional captain’s chairs are very comfortable. Most reviewers find the third row has suitable room for adults, but some say the seats can be difficult to access.

  • "The Sequoia's front seats are about what you'd expect: wide and largely contourless, but adequately supportive for longer trips. The 40/20/40-split second row seat has plenty of room for adults, and it slides and reclines to accommodate various physiques, though we give the comfort edge to the Platinum's standard second-row captain's chairs (optional on Limited). The 3-person third row is reasonably adult-friendly as well -- once you're situated, that is. Simply getting back there is the issue, as access is rather awkward via the Sequoia's elongated rear door and flip-forward second row chair." -- AutoTrader
  • "As one would expect, the Sequoia's interior is vast, but clever touches make it quite versatile as well. The second-row seats recline and also slide fore and aft in order to prioritize legroom for the second- or third-row passengers." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The 2015 Toyota Sequoia is a true 8-seater, with a 3rd-row seat that really will accommodate adults and is easily reached, thanks to big rear doors and sliding 2nd-row seats." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Legroom is great, but headroom is surprisingly stingy." -- Consumer Guide (2013 front seats)

Interior Features

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control and Entune Audio Plus, which includes an eight-speaker stereo and a 6.1-inch touch screen. Available features include a 14-speaker JBL sound system, navigation, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system.

Reviewers agree that the Entune touch-screen system works well and has user-friendly on-screen menus, but some complain that the system's initial setup is tedious. A user must download Toyota’s app to his or her phone before syncing internet-based information with Entune. Critics also say some of the physical audio controls, like the volume knob, can be difficult for drivers to reach.

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  • "We give the Sequoia's control layout extra style points for its 2-tone color treatment and stylized curves and knobs; however, the face of the dashboard is so flat and distant that the driver may not be able to reach some of the controls. Try turning the stereo knob on the right side, for example." -- AutoTrader
  • "Toyota's Entune audio choices are some of the most intuitive and easy-to-use infotainment systems in the biz." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The controls are user-friendly for the most apart, although the sheer width of the SUV can make the audio controls difficult to reach for shorter drivers." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Gauges and controls are generally well placed and easy to use, with the exception of the audio controls that require a bit of a reach for some drivers. Also, getting started with Entune can be a hassle since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account; plus, you always need an active data connection to use it. The touchscreen interface has straightforward menus, but it's sometimes unresponsive to touch inputs." -- Edmunds (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 Sequoia has 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 66.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 120.1 cubic feet behind its first row. The Sequoia has lots of cargo space for the class. Test drivers appreciate that both the second- and third-row seats fold even with the floor. Reviewers are also pleased with the Sequoia's abundance of interior small-item storage spaces. A power liftgate is available.

  • "Cargo space is a Sequoia specialty. There's 18.9 cu ft. behind the third row (that's roughly a Ford Taurus trunk), 66.6 cu ft. behind the second row, and a gargantuan 120.1 cu ft. with all the rear seats folded." -- AutoTrader
  • "When it comes time to schlepp cargo, the Sequoia shines with a healthy 66.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats. Fold both the second and third rows down and you open up a cavernous 120-cubic-foot cargo hold. The third-row seats fold down into the floor, a much more practical design than that found in GM's full-size SUVs, which still require you to remove and store the heavy seat sections." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "Cargo room behind the 3rd row is relatively limited, but there's a full-width bin below the rear floor section. The 2nd and 3rd rows fold easily and level with the floor to create a long, flat expanse. The cabin is rife with cupholders, bins, pouches, and pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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