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2018 Toyota Sequoia Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2018 Toyota Sequoia was new.


Performance: 8.3

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia features good overall performance, with a strong engine and well-balanced handling. The transmission delivers seamless shifts and excellent low-end torque that allows it to take off quickly from a stop. The Sequoia rides softly over most roads, but steering characteristics are a mixed bag. Fuel economy is low, even by the standards of this segment.

  • "Think of the Sequoia as a Tundra pickup with three rows and an SUV roof. At almost 6,100 pounds, it's not at home on winding roads. But its wonderful bursts of V8 power are well-suited to towing trailers and boats." -- Edmunds
  • "Underpinned by the same sturdy frame used by the Tundra pickup, the Sequoia uses a fully independent suspension that provides a comfortable ride and some of the better driving dynamics in the old-school SUV segment." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • In tight spots, of course, the Sequoia struggles, but it loves the open road and eats up highway miles with quiet composure." -- Autotrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The Sequoia comes standard with a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. An E85/Flex Fuel version of the engine is available. Standard towing capacity is rated at 7,400 pounds, which is among the lowest in the class. The Sequoia’s engine never feels strapped for power, and it pairs well with the automatic transmission. Acceleration is good, and shifts are smooth and precise. There is also excellent power and torque from the low gears.

Fuel efficiency is a decided weakness for the Sequoia, which gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are low even by large SUV standards.

  • "The strong 5.7-liter V8 never feels strained, even when summoned to pass slow traffic at highway speeds. In our testing, the Sequoia dashed from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. That's nearly 1 second slower than a 4WD Nissan Armada but still stacks up well with other competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the best features offered in Toyota's full-size Sequoia SUV for 2017 is its strong and quiet 5.7-liter V8 engine. … It's unobtrusively reassuring and is equal to any task the Sequoia may be asked to accomplish." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The powertrain combo is potent enough to scoot the nearly three-ton Sequoia from zero-to-60 mph in under seven seconds, which is blistering by the standards of the class." -- Left Lane News (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Sequoia comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is available. The ride is generally smooth, even when the pavement gets rough. The Platinum trim comes with an adaptive air suspension that further improves ride cushioning. The Sequoia is a large, heavy vehicle, so it could never handle like a sports car. However, it’s reasonably capable on winding roads, and it’s more precise than some class rivals. 2018 sees the addition of the TRD Sport trim to the Sequoia’s lineup. It comes with sport-tuned Bilstein shocks for more athletic performance on the road. This Toyota is also an OK off-roader that provides plenty of ground clearance. It’s too big for some trails, but it generally handles uneven terrain without complaint.

  • You can't expect much given the Sequoia's size, but it surprises with a decent amount of handling precision. The margins are slim, of course. Too tight a corner (most of them) and too much speed (almost any) will make the tires beg and squeal. Still, a perverse pleasure in trying to drive one fast." -- Edmunds
  • A full-size body-on-frame SUV will never ride or drive like a lighter, unit-body crossover SUV, but compared to its direct competitors, Toyota's 2017 Sequoia SUV is easily one of the more comfortable titans to pilot. The Sequoia's ride is on the firm side, but remains smooth so long as the road does too. An independent rear suspension helps this big SUV round corners with little commotion and proves helpful in off-road situations. Toss in the Platinum trim's air-spring suspension and things go from good to better. The Sequoia's steering response is fairly quick, although the wheel can feel heavy during low-speed maneuvers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The Sequoia may be the size of a small bus, but its Camry-style steering wheel and light steering effort make it feel more maneuverable than it actually is. It also has an independent rear suspension, which helps it negotiate bumps in a relatively civilized way for a truck-based SUV." -- Autotrader (2016)

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