2019 Toyota Sequoia

Performance


#4 out of 6 in Large SUVs

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2019 Toyota Sequoia Performance Review

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Performance: 7.4

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia delivers better performance than you might expect, and it's easy to drive. It gets plenty of power from its V8 engines, though that power comes at the expense of fuel economy. The Sequoia provides poised handling and a smooth ride, and it can hold its own when the pavement ends.

  • "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)
  • 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 features a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. An E85/Flex Fuel version of the engine is available. The engine delivers plenty of power and moves this big SUV with ease during high-stress situations like highway passing. When properly equipped, the Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds, which is the lowest maximum towing capacity in the class.

According to EPA estimates, the Sequoia earns 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Even in a class that's known for having vehicles with poor gas mileage, those numbers are bad.

  • "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)
  • "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 handles well for its size. It's not exactly agile, but it feels relatively maneuverable and is easy to drive. It also rides smoothly, absorbing most road imperfections without any trouble. Large potholes will still make their presence felt, though. This Toyota may not be as capable an off-roader as some of its Toyota siblings, but it can hold its own on a trail.

Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available. The TRD Sport trim comes with a few more features than the other trims, including sport-tuned Bilstein shocks and sway bars.

  • 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 (2018)
  • 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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