2018 Toyota Sequoia

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2018 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia has a roomy cabin and a potent engine with good low-end torque. This large SUV also has a near-perfect predicted reliability rating. However, the Sequoia is in desperate need of an interior redesign – a significant reason it has a midpack ranking.

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of power
  • Spacious interior
  • Above-average cargo room
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Lower-quality interior than rivals

Is the Toyota Sequoia a Good SUV?

Yes, the Toyota Sequoia is a good large SUV. Despite its bulkiness, the Sequoia delivers good handling and a comfortable ride. Its standard V8 engine has more than enough power to push this big SUV along as well. Adult passengers can fit comfortably in all three rows of seats, and cargo space is above average. There are plenty of standard driver assistance features as well. It was a finalist of our 2018 Best Large SUV for Families award because of its roomy cabin, long list of standard safety technology, and positive reviews from automotive critics.

That said, it's been a decade since the Sequoia's last redesign, and you can tell. Its infotainment system isn't as modern as many class rivals, and its cabin is full of low-quality materials. In terms of fuel economy, you don't expect much from such a large vehicle, but the Sequoia's fuel economy ratings are low even by class standards.

Should I Buy the Toyota Sequoia?

Choosing to buy the Sequoia comes down to your priorities. Not only is the Sequoia priced competitively, but it also has a longer standard features list than many rivals, making it a great value. However, the Sequoia isn't very modern. If you find that unappealing, you might want to skip this SUV for one that better suits your needs.

The Nissan Armada and GMC Yukon offer less interior space, but they both have better fuel economy estimates and more upscale interiors. The Yukon also offers more advanced infotainment features.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Sequoia?

The current generation of the Sequoia debuted a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Just kidding – it was 2008. Still, that means it's been a decade since the Sequoia has seen a redesign.  However, there are some new standard advanced safety features and a brand-new TRD Sport trim for the 2018 model year. Otherwise, there have been no major changes to the Sequoia since its 2008 redesign. You can likely save thousands of dollars by shopping for a Sequoia from an earlier model year.

If you're interested in a used model, visit our overviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Toyota Sequoia. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about incentives on used vehicles.

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This 2018 Toyota Sequoia uses relevant research and data from the 2008 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Toyota Sequoia Cost?

The Sequoia has a starting price of just over $48,000, which is on the high end for the class, but not by a lot. The new-for-2018 TRD Sport trim starts at around $51,100. It doesn’t have as many tech and convenience features, but it does have features to make the ride feel (and look) sportier, and you can't get them in any other Sequoia trim.

The higher trims are the Limited (starting around $57,000) and the Platinum (starting around $64,000). These trims have all the bells and whistles when it comes to infotainment, comfort, and convenience features. As you can see, they cost a lot more than the lower trims, but they’re less expensive than the highest trims of some rivals.

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Toyota Sequoia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Sequoia or Nissan Armada?

Although the Nissan Armada ranks near the bottom of the large SUV class, it has one of the lowest starting prices in the segment. The Armada is an easily maneuverable SUV with a powerful V8 engine, and it has a higher towing capacity than the Sequoia. It also has a more modern interior with upscale materials. However, the Sequoia is a better choice if cabin space is a main priority. The Armada suffers from a cramped third row, while the Sequoia's third row has enough space for adults. Unfortunately, both SUVs have outdated infotainment systems. If you want more space and much better predicted reliability, go with the Toyota. Otherwise, the Armada is worth considering.

Which Is Better: Toyota Sequoia or GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon has one of the most upscale interiors in the class. It has tons of advanced technology, including a standard Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. It also has better gas mileage estimates than the Sequoia. The Yukon has a stronger base engine and a higher towing capacity than the Sequoia. However, the Sequoia has a roomier third row, more cargo space, and much better predicted reliability. Unless interior opulence or towing capability are top priorities, the Sequoia is most likely a better choice for most needs.

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Sequoia Interior

How Many People Does the Sequoia Seat?

The base Sequoia seats eight, and available second-row captain’s chairs drop seating capacity to seven. The interior is spacious, as are all three rows of seats. The front seats have plenty of support, and the second and third rows recline so your passengers will have an easier time getting comfortable.

Sequoia and Car Seats

There are three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the second-row bench seat, but the system hasn't been evaluated for its ease of use.

Sequoia Interior Quality

Rivals have nicer interiors than this Toyota. The design isn’t stylish or modern, and there are plenty of hard plastics throughout, making this large SUV feel more like a work truck than a family vehicle.

Sequoia Cargo Space

This Toyota has more cargo space than most of its rivals. There’s just under 19 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, which is enough room for a large dog or more than a dozen pieces of carry-on luggage. Fold down all the seats for just over 120 cubic feet of space. That’s enough room to haul a desk, a small couch, or just about anything else that you can get through the hatch.

Sequoia Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Sequoia include tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and an Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, and navigation linked to a smartphone app. Available features include a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, integrated navigation, and the Entune app suite.

The Sequoia’s infotainment tech lags behind most rivals’. While the Entune system is user-friendly, the controls are hard to reach, and the system is a little out of date. Unlike many rivals, the Sequoia doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Sequoia Performance

Sequoia Engine: You’re Going to Have a V8

The Sequoia features a 381-horsepower V8 engine. This engine is powerful, and there is plenty of torque. This leads to surprisingly energetic acceleration when you mash the pedal down. The automatic transmission delivers smooth, timely shifts.

Sequoia Gas Mileage: If You Like Gas Stations, We’ve Got Good News for You

The Sequoia gets bad gas mileage, even compared to the other SUVs in this class. It earns just 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. You'll save about $150 per year in gas money by driving the Nissan Armada instead of the Sequoia and about $550 per year by instead driving the GMC Yukon.

Sequoia Ride and Handling: Keep Expectations Low, and You Won’t Be Disappointed

The Sequoia is far from nimble, but it doesn’t feel overwhelmed on winding pavement. The steering and handling are both reasonably precise. The ride is smooth no matter what the pavement looks like, and the adaptive air suspension in the Platinum trim further improves that smoothness. A new-for-2018 TRD Sport trim comes with Bilstein shocks tuned to give a sportier ride.

Sequoia Off-Road Performance

You’re probably not buying a behemoth like the Sequoia because you want to tear it up away from the pavement. But if you enjoy venturing off-road, the Sequoia won’t let you down. It has great ground clearance, and it's available with four-wheel drive.

Sequoia Towing Capacity

The Sequoia has a respectable towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. Still, other large SUVs can pull more weight.

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Sequoia Reliability

Is the Toyota Sequoia Reliable?

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's one of the highest ratings in the class.

Toyota Sequoia Warranty

Toyota covers the Sequoia with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Those are the same warranty terms you’ll find with most other large SUVs.

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Sequoia Safety

Sequoia Crash Test Results

The 2018 Sequoia has not been fully crash tested as of this writing, but it earns four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rollover test.

Sequoia Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and Toyota Safety Sense, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Toyota Sequoia Model Is Right for Me?

There are four Sequoia trims (SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and Platinum), all of which come standard with a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive. You can add four-wheel drive to any trim for $3,225. Choosing the right trim comes down to what you need from your Sequoia.

If you’re OK with seating for eight and missing out on some high-end entertainment features, then the base SR5 is a great option. It saves you money compared to the higher trims, and it still comes well-equipped. If you want features like second-row captain’s chairs, a JBL audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system, then you’ll have to look at the higher trims. Between the two top trims, we recommend the Limited. It offers almost everything you can get it in the top-of-the-line Platinum, but while almost every feature comes standard in the Platinum, several are optional in the Limited. This lets you pick and choose some of the features you want, without paying for the ones you don't.

Toyota Sequoia SR5

The Sequoia SR5 is the lowest trim, and it has a base price of $48,400. It comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, Toyota Safety Sense, a moonroof, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, and navigation linked to a smartphone app. For $3,810, you can add the Premium package, which includes leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a power-reclining third row, and a power liftgate.

Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport 

The Sequoia TRD Sport is a brand new trim for the 2018 model year, and it has a starting price of $51,115. The TRD Sport is slightly sportier than the other trims, and it comes with 20-inch wheels, Bilstein shocks, anti-sway bars, and second-row captain’s chairs. This trim doesn’t have any option packages.

Toyota Sequoia Limited

The Sequoia Limited starts at $56,895. The Limited comes with a power liftgate, integrated navigation, leather seats, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and power-folding third-row seats. For $300, you can get second-row captain’s chairs. The JBL audio system costs $1,250. Adding the rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system costs $1,920.

Toyota Sequoia Platinum

The Sequoia Platinum is the highest trim, and it carries a starting price of $64,110. The Platinum comes with an adaptive air suspension, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and heated second-row captain’s chairs. There are no option packages with this trim because it comes standard with almost everything you can get in a Sequoia.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is a good large SUV that finishes in the middle of our class rankings. It has many of the things buyers want, like a powerful engine and plenty of space for passengers and cargo. However, it hasn’t been redesigned in years, so many rivals look and feel more modern and provide newer tech features. This Toyota is worth a look, but you should definitely comparison shop before you buy.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "But the current-generation Sequoia has been around for 10 years without a redesign. That's a long time in the automotive industry, and it's mostly apparent in the Sequoia's dated interior design, lack of refinement and subpar fuel economy. It's a tough sell when other big crossover SUVs can provide similar amounts of interior room to the Sequoia but with superior fuel economy and a better combination of ride comfort and secure handling. Still, as traditional SUVs go, the Sequoia offers a more comfortable ride than many in its class, especially when equipped with the Platinum trim's air suspension. It's also pretty capable off-road thanks to its substantial ground clearance, though obviously this isn't a vehicle you'll want to try to squeeze down a tight, narrow trail. Overall, the Sequoia isn't our top pick for a big three-row SUV, but there are enough positives that it's worth considering." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV is as massive and sturdy as the tree for which it is named. Unfortunately, the Sequoia's aging design places it behind newer SUVs in the areas of towing, design and power. GMC's Yukon and Yukon XL, for example, offer more horsepower and cargo space. … Still, the Sequoia offers plenty of room for growing families, and its 5.7-liter V8 has no problem moving this SUV around. Toyota's Multi-mode 4-wheel drive allows the Sequoia to capably manage tough off-road situations, something unit-body SUVs have trouble mastering. Toss in the Sequoia's excellent reliability and resale figures and it's easy to see why the 2017 Sequoia has so many repeat customers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Based on the excellent Tundra full-size pickup, the 2016 Toyota Sequoia has all the toughness you could ask for in an SUV – yet its ride and handling are surprisingly refined. And its cabin is first-rate, deftly hiding those work-truck origins with above-average materials and plenty of luxuries. It's a good choice in its ever-shrinking class, which primarily appeals to large families and those looking to tow or haul big loads." -- Autotrader (2016)
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