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2017 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is a large SUV with a muscular V8 engine and enough storage and passenger space for the entire family. Still, its dated interior design pulls it down to the middle of the class rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Good engine power
  • Expansive seating areas
  • Above-average cargo space
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Hard-to-reach controls
  • Aging interior design

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Toyota Sequoia's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Large SUV for the Money award. Currently the Toyota Sequoia has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 51 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Toyota Sequoia Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Sequoia a Good Used SUV?

There aren’t many competitors in the large SUV segment, and the 2017 Toyota Sequoia sits right between the best and the worst of them. Aside from its dated interior design, the Sequoia’s cabin is comfortable, and its seats are some of the roomiest in the class – even in the third row.

The Sequoia’s potent V8 engine isn’t very fuel-efficient, but it hustles the Sequoia up to speed. Handling is fairly composed, but the SUV can be difficult to maneuver into tight parking spaces. It has a smooth ride, particularly in models with the available adaptive suspension. You shouldn’t write off the Sequoia, but take into account that some rivals offer better gas mileage, contemporary cabin styling, and lower projected ownership costs.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 51 Toyota Sequoia reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Sequoia?

There are more than 200 listings for the 2017 Toyota Sequoia on our site, with list prices ranging from $35,400 to $59,000. The average list price is $43,300, which is typical for the class. You’ll find similar average list prices for the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe ($45,100) and 2017 Chevrolet Suburban ($44,900). However, your final price will depend on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Sequoia Cost to Own?

For a used 2017 Toyota Sequoia, estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to about $29,300, which is on par with class competitors. For example, these same estimates are $100 more for the 2017 Ford Expedition and $900 less for the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Toyota Sequoia?

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia starts at $48,600, which $5,300 higher than the average list price of a 2017 Sequoia. For 2018, there are a number of newly standard safety features, including blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and LED headlights. Toyota Safety Sense is also standard, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. . However, you can probably find a 2017 model equipped with these features for less than the cost of a new 2018 Sequoia. Because there are few other differences, the 2017 Sequoia is the better choice.

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Every other new large SUV has a starting price that’s lower than the 2017 Sequoia’s average price. Among these, the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe deserves a close look. It starts at $36,244, and it has a near-perfect predicted reliability rating and a luxurious cabin that features a user-friendly infotainment system and a several advanced safety features.  

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Sequoia?

The 2017 Toyota Sequoia has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.   

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2017 Toyota Sequoia Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Toyota Sequoia has one reported recall. Select models from 2013 through 2017 with the 20-inch Rockstar wheels may have defective lug nuts. Be sure this issue has been addressed before purchasing a used Sequoia.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Sequoia Is Best?

The 2017 Sequoia is part of a generation that launched for the 2008 model year. There have been no significant changes to the Sequoia over the years. The 2014 Sequoia received the last major update, which included a newly standard touch-screen infotainment system. We recommend the 2015 Sequoia, which is basically the same vehicle as the 2017 Sequoia, but with a much lower price.

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Which Used Toyota Sequoia Model Is Right for Me?

Three trims are available: SR5, Limited, and Platinum. The base Toyota Sequoia SR5 base trim comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and a touch-screen infotainment system.

Although the base model is a fine option, the two higher trims offer even more features. The Toyota Sequoia Limited adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a power liftgate for easy loading and unloading of the cargo area. The Toyota Sequoia Platinum trim comes with ventilated front seats, second-row heated captain’s chairs, and adaptive cruise control. It also features an adaptive air suspension system that improves ride comfort.

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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?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Sequoia four out of five stars for the rollover test, which was the only test conducted. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not evaluated the 2017 Sequoia.

A rearview camera is standard. Front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are available.

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2017 Toyota Sequoia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Sequoia or 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2017 Chevy Tahoe and Sequoia are both fine options in this class. The Tahoe boasts roomier seats and more cargo space than the Tahoe. However, the Tahoe is more refined, offering an upscale interior, superior fuel economy, and a higher towing capacity. The Chevy also has several available features that you can't get in the Sequoia, including forward collision warning and Apple CarPlay. The Tahoe is the better option overall.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Sequoia or 2017 Ford Expedition?

Like the Sequoia, the 2017 Ford Expedition provides a cushioned ride, a powerful engine, enough seating space for adults in all three rows, and a good predicted reliability rating. It has a class-leading towing capacity of 9,200 pounds, and the extended-wheelbase EL model leads the class with 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space. On the downside, low-grade materials plague both SUVs. Go with the Ford if a chart-topping towing capacity and class-leading cargo space are the most important factors. However, folks that are less outdoorsy will be happy with the Sequoia instead.

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2017 Toyota Sequoia Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Sequoia Drive?

The 2017 Toyota Sequoia has a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 horsepower. This powerful engine can get the Sequoia up to highway speeds quickly, even when the SUV is full of passengers and their belongings. The six-speed transmission delivers quick, smooth gear changes. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive is available.

The Sequoia has refined handling for an SUV of its size, with light steering and a steady feel around turns. However, it can be hard to maneuver into small parking spaces. The suspension absorbs road bumps, keeping the ride pleasant for all occupants. Platinum models have an even smoother ride thanks to an adaptive suspension with load-leveling rear air springs. The Sequoia’s two-speed transfer case and limited-slip center differential also make it a decent companion for light off-roading. 

Does the 2017 Toyota Sequoia Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Sequoia returns an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Those are very low estimates, even for a large SUV.

2017 Toyota Sequoia Towing Capacity

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

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2017 Toyota Sequoia Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Toyota Sequoia Seat?

The Toyota Sequoia is a three-row SUV with seating for eight. Available second-row captain’s chairs lower the seating capacity to seven. The Sequoia’s first- and second-row seats are comfortable, supportive, and offer generous head- and legroom. The second-row seats recline and slide to better accommodate tall passengers. Furthermore, the Sequoia’s third row seats are spacious enough for adults, which is rarely the case with large SUVs.

Cloth seats are standard, and available upgrades include leather upholstery, as well as heated and ventilated seats. However, the Sequoia low-quality interior materials and outdated styling are disappointing.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Sequoia?

There are 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.

2017 Toyota Sequoia Features

Standard features include a 6.1-inch Entune touch screen, a CD player, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity. Available features include navigation, JBL speakers, a rear-seat Blu-ray player, and the Entune app suite (iHeartRadio, Pandora, and more).

The touch-screen interface is straightforward and responsive. The dashboard also features simple audio and climate control buttons for distraction-free adjustments. However, some of these controls are hard to reach from the driver's seat.

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2017 Toyota Sequoia Dimensions

Toyota Sequoia Cargo Space

The Toyota Sequoia has a larger cargo capacity than most large SUVs. It has 18.9 cubic feet of storage space behind its third-row seats, and 66.6 cubic feet with these seats folded. Total cargo capacity expands to 120.1 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded. A power liftgate comes in all but the base trim.

2017 Sequoia Length and Weight

The 2017 Toyota Sequoia measures about 17.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,730 to 6,000 pounds.  

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Sequoia Built?

Toyota built the 2017 Sequoia in Indiana.

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