2019 Toyota Sequoia

Interior


#4 out of 6 in Large SUVs

MSRP
$49,050
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2019 Toyota Sequoia Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.8

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia’s interior shows its age. Most other large SUVs look more modern and stylish and use higher-quality materials than the hard plastics sprinkled liberally throughout the Sequoia's cabin. On the bright side, this Toyota is quiet inside and provides plenty of passenger and cargo space. It comes with a lot of standard features, but its infotainment system feels old and outmoded.

  • "When it comes to cabin materials, the Sequoia is 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)

Seating

The Sequoia seats eight people in its standard configuration and seven with the optional second-row captain's chairs. Cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard. There are three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the second-row bench seat.

Leather upholstery, 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.

Front-row seats provide plenty of space and remain comfortable on long trips, and drivers enjoy good visibility, at least out the front and sides. The second-row seats are similarly accommodating. The third row isn't as spacious as the front two rows, but adults can still ride back there for short drives without feeling too cramped.

  • 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 (2018)
  • "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, and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, voice command recognition, 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.

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.

The Sequoia comes with a lengthy list of standard features, including plenty of driver assistance technology. However, many competitors provide more connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and larger touch screens. The Entune system is user-friendly, but the controls are hard to reach from the driver's seat and the interface is outdated.

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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 (2018)
  • "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)

Cargo

The Sequoia gives you 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up, 66.6 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 120.1 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. Most other large SUVs can't match the Sequoia’s cargo totals.

Unlike some competitors, the Sequoia's second and third rows fold down completely flat, making it easy to organize your cargo. There's also plenty of small-item storage space throughout the interior. A power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats are available.

  • "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." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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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