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2018 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia has a solid predicted reliability rating, strong engine, roomy cabin, and cavernous cargo hold. However, it ranks in the bottom third of our large SUV class because of its cheap cabin materials and its antiquated infotainment system.

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of engine power
  • Spacious interior
  • Above-average cargo room for the class
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Low-quality cabin materials

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2018 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Toyota Sequoia has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 54 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Toyota Sequoia Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota Sequoia a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is a decent used large SUV. However, it hasn’t been redesigned in more than a decade and is starting to show its age.

The 2018 Sequoia has numerous strengths:

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Numerous standard safety features, including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking
  • Roomy first- and second-row seats
  • Reclining second- and third-row seats that fold flat
  • Large cargo capacity
  • Off-road capable, with 9.9 inches of ground clearance in most trims
  • Powerful engine
  • Pleasant ride and composed handling

It has almost as many drawbacks:

  • Overdue for a redesign
  • Low towing capacity for the class
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Dull cabin with low-rent materials
  • Outdated infotainment interface
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Toyota Sequoia review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 54 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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

How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Sequoia?

Based on listings for the 2018 Toyota Sequoia on our site, the average price is $45,900, which is about average for the class. Prices range from $34,900 to $61,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Cost to Own?

The 2018 Sequoia’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be nearly $29,130, or $5,826 per year. That’s about average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sequoia?

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia starts at $48,850 and features no major changes compared to the previous model year. You are likely to save a few thousand dollars by purchasing a similarly equipped 2018 model, which offers the same features.

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The Sequoia last underwent a full redesign in 2008, and the 2014 model was the first to come with a standard touch screen. If you’re looking to save money, consider buying a 2014 or later Sequoia. Models from 2015 and 2016 saw no significant changes. For 2018, Toyota refreshed the headlights and other exterior elements, adding several standard driver assistance features, including blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety features. Toyota also added a new performance-focused TRD Sport trim for 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota Sequoia?

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota Sequoia Recalls

At the time of writing, two recalls have been issued for the 2018 Toyota Sequoia:

  • Air bags may not deploy as intended
  • Electronic stability control may deactivate

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota Sequoia Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia comes in four trims: SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and Platinum. All trims come standard with a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive, so your decision mostly comes down to the seating and features you need.

The base Sequoia SR5 comes well-equipped with plenty of safety, convenience, and comfort features. As long as you’re OK with a second-row bench seat, the SR5 trim is a great value. If you want features like second-row captain’s chairs, a JBL audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system, you’ll have to consider higher trims. The TRD Sport trim adds a few performance features that give the SUV a sportier look and ride. If you’re looking to add a little luxury to the cabin, start with the Limited trim.

  • Toyota Sequoia SR5: The base Toyota Sequoia SR5 comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, 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. Standard safety 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.
  • Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport: The TRD Sport is a bit sportier than the other trims. It comes with 20-inch wheels, Bilstein shocks, anti-sway bars, and second-row captain’s chairs.
  • Toyota Sequoia Limited: The Sequoia Limited comes with a power liftgate, integrated navigation, genuine leather seats, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and power-folding third-row seats.
  • Toyota Sequoia Platinum: The Sequoia Platinum comes with just about everything offered in this SUV. Standard features include an adaptive air suspension, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and heated second-row captain’s chairs.

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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 2018 Toyota Sequoia four out of five stars in the rollover test.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the 2018 Toyota Sequoia.

Standard safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • blind spot monitoring
  • lane change assist
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • Toyota Safety Sense (forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control)

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2018 Toyota Sequoia Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Sequoia or 2018 Nissan Armada?

In many ways, the 2018 Nissan Armada excels where the Sequoia stumbles, like cabin quality and towing capacity. The Sequoia offers more cargo space and has roomier seats. Both SUVs have above-average predicted reliability ratings and strong V8 engines. Pick the one that best suits your needs.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Sequoia or 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe offers most of what the Sequoia doesn’t. It can seat one more person than the Sequoia, and it has a modern cabin made with premium materials. It also has a user-friendly infotainment system with a large screen and sharp graphics. The system comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, convenient features not offered in the Sequoia. The Tahoe also gets better gas mileage. The Sequoia does have more cargo room and comes standard with more safety features, but the Tahoe is the better SUV overall.

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2018 Sequoia Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Drive?

The 2018 Sequoia’s V8 engine is quite muscular, providing enthusiastic acceleration. The transmission delivers smooth, accurate shifts. For a large SUV, the Sequoia has composed handling and precise steering. Its ride remains comfortable on a variety of surfaces, especially in models with the adaptive air suspension. On the other hand, the TRD Sport trim comes with Bilstein shocks for more athletic handling. The Sequoia also has solid off-road performance, thanks to its high ground clearance. The SR5, TRD Sport, and Limited trims have 9.9 inches of ground clearance with the rear-wheel-drive setup and 10 inches with the four-wheel-drive setup. The Platinum’s clearance is 9.6 inches in both setups.

  • Base engine: 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy estimates are low for any large SUV, but the Sequoia gets some of the lowest numbers in the class.

  • 13/17 mpg city/highway
2018 Toyota Sequoia Towing Capacity

The Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds when properly equipped. That’s one of the lower towing capacities in the class.

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2018 Sequoia Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Sequoia Seat?

The 2018 Sequoia seats eight people in three rows. Available second-row captain’s chairs reduce seating to seven. The first two rows are roomy and supportive. Both the second and third rows recline. The third-row can seat a couple of adults in a pinch, but on long trips, it’s best left for children. Cabin materials are unimpressive, as Toyota used mostly hard plastics throughout the interior. Most competitors have more attractive cabins with quality materials.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • second-row captain’s chairs
  • heated second-row captain’s chairs
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • four-way power-adjustable passenger seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Sequoia?

There are three complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the second-row bench seat and a tether anchor on the third-row middle seat.

2018 Toyota Sequoia Features

Although Toyota’s Entune infotainment system is easy to operate, its interface is outdated. Also, its placement on the dash makes it difficult to reach the controls. The Sequoia isn't available with Android Auto or Android Auto, which many competitors offer.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free, voice command recognition, and navigation linked to a smartphone app 
  • Available infotainment features: a 14-speaker JBL audio system, integrated navigation, and the Entune app suite
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control and a moonroof
  • Other available features: a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system

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2018 Toyota Sequoia Dimensions

Toyota Sequoia Cargo Space

The Sequoia has an impressive amount of cargo space: 18.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 66.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 120.1 cubic feet overall. The second and third rows fold completely flat, making it easy to load your gear. A power liftgate is available, as are power-folding third-row seats.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota Sequoia Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 1 inch
  • Curb weight: 5,695 to 6,000 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 7,100 to 7,300 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Built?

Toyota built the Sequoia in Indiana.

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