2020 Toyota Sequoia

Performance


#6 out of 6 in Large SUVs

MSRP
$49,980
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.0

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia features a powerful V8 engine that propels this SUV easily in all driving situations. While the Sequoia handles well and rides smoothly, it's behind class rivals in both areas. This Toyota is fairly capable in off-road situations, but it gets bad gas mileage, even by large SUV standards.

  • "There's good power for passing and pulling, with a max tow rating of 7,400 pounds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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)

Acceleration and Power

The Sequoia features a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. This V8 has a good amount of juice, and even highway passing and merging can be done without the engine feeling overworked.

According to EPA estimates, the Sequoia gets 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway whether it's equipped with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Those ratings are great – if you love spending time at gas stations. Every other large SUV has superior fuel economy.

When properly outfitted, the Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds, which is the lowest maximum towing capacity in the class.

  • "The Sequoia is available only with a 381-hp V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive. The Sequoia we tested was reasonably quick around town, with a responsive gas pedal and a smooth-shifting transmission. It also had plenty of power for highway merging or passing." -- Car and Driver
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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)

Handling and Braking

As you might expect from such a large vehicle, the Sequoia is hardly nimble. That said, it's reasonably composed around turns and soaks up most road imperfections without disturbing its occupants too much. Still, most other large SUVs handle better, ride more smoothly, or both.

Rear-wheel drive comes standard in the Sequoia, and four-wheel drive is available. The TRD Sport trim comes with a few more features than the others, including sport-tuned Bilstein shocks and sway bars. The new-for-2020 TRD Pro is the most capable off-road trim in the Sequoia lineup. It builds on the TRD Sport trim by adding a lifted suspension, a front skid plate, and TRD Fox shock absorbers.

  • "Although the Sequoia is built upon a pickup-truck chassis, it still features a rear suspension with a modern design. While it adequately isolated us from the harshest bumps, too many shakes and rattles entered the cabin when driven on rough surfaces. None of its rivals are particularly fun to drive, but they either handle better or feel more composed. The Toyota's light steering was easy to control in tight spaces and during highway cruising, but the nonexistent feedback further diminished its handling. The Sequoia's brake pedal was easy to modulate and firmed up after initial inputs." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Sequoia may be the size of a small bus, but its light steering effort makes it feel more maneuverable than it actually is. It also has an independent rear suspension, which means it tackles bumps without the sort of wiggling and crashing of the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Suburban. Of course, the Sequoia struggles in tight spots, but it loves the open road and eats up highway miles with quiet composure." -- Autotrader
  • "It's a big vehicle that can be a handful in tight confines, and while ultimately secure, at times it can also feel cumbersome." -- Kelley Blue Book
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