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2018 Toyota Sequoia Interior Review


Interior: 7.4

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia fails to impress with its boring cabin design. Materials quality is lower than in rivals, and there are a lot of hard plastics used across the interior. The cabin is quiet, however, and all three rows of seats are spacious and supportive. There’s plenty of cargo space as well. There are many standard driver assistance features, but the infotainment system feels dated.

  • "The Sequoia's cabin materials are outclassed by its rivals. We don't doubt the durability, but the oversized knobs, pulls and handles and hard-touch plastic make it feel more like a Tundra pickup and less like a more affordable Lexus. Toyota's indifference to keeping the Sequoia fresh is obvious." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)
  • "At least the materials are average-plus by class standards." -- Autotrader (2016)


The Sequoia seats eight people. Cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard. Leather upholstery, second-row captain's chairs that reduce seating to seven, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat are available.

All three rows of seats have a good amount of space. Adults may not want to sit in the third row on long drives, but they’ll be fine back there on trips across town. Both the second and third rows recline, giving passengers more flexibility when trying to get comfortable. The front seats are supportive. 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.

  • Plenty of room for heads, arms, elbows and shoulders all around. The captain's chairs make the second row as roomy as the front. The third row is a bit narrow for three adults, although there's enough legroom. It's fine for short trips, but you don't really want more than six adults in this SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 Toyota Sequoia SUV 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. The 3-passenger 2nd-row bench seat allows individual sections to slide fore-and-aft and also fold flat. Noteworthy options include captain's chairs for the second row and a power-folding feature for the third row. Basically, the Sequoia's interior will swap around into any configuration needed." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • 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 (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Sequoia include tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, an eight-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, and an Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, voice command recognition, and navigation linked to a smartphone app.

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. This suite of safety features includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Available features include a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, integrated navigation, and the Entune app suite.

After adding several for 2018, the Sequoia now has more standard driver assistance features than most rivals. The Entune infotainment system is easy to use, but the interface is outdated and the controls are hard for some people to reach from the driver’s seat. Furthermore, the Sequoia doesn’t offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, which you can get in many other large SUVs.

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  • "The Sequoia's tech is woefully deficient compared to what rivals offer. The touchscreen media interface is small and dated, especially in an SUV of this price. Makes minimal concessions to today's driver and passenger needs." -- Edmunds
  • "We think Toyota's Entune audio system offers some of the most intuitive and easy-to-use features of any in-car infotainment system. With the Entune App, you can integrate your smartphone to stream navigation, Pandora or iHeartRadio, as well as real-time information regarding traffic, weather, gas prices and sports." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • 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 (2016)


The Sequoia has 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats up, 66.6 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 120.1 cubic feet with all seats folded. Those are good totals for a large SUV. A power liftgate is available, as are power-folding third-row seats. The second and third rows also fold completely flat, making it easy to load your stuff. This isn’t the case in every rival. There’s also plenty of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "Utility is in the Sequoia's wheelhouse. Cargo space is among the largest in its class, helped by two rows of fold-flat seats. A power liftgate enhances the ability to stuff the Sequoia full of gear. Slimmer plastic panels would increase capacity, but it's still impressive." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)

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