Toyota Sequoia Review
The 2014 Toyota Sequoia ranks 4 out of 6 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Toyota Sequoia, as well as reliability and safety data.
With its refined ride and spacious cabin, reviewers say the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a good choice for families who have to haul a lot of people and gear.
The Sequoia features a V8 engine that test drivers agree is refined and delivers plenty of power. That engine is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that test drivers say offers quick, smooth shifts. The 2014 Sequoia gets an EPA-estimated 13/17 mpg city/highway, which is poor for a large SUV and much less than what most three-row crossovers get. With its truck-based frame and a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds, critics think the Sequoia is a strong towing vehicle, though it can’t tow as much as rivals like the Chevrolet Suburban or the Ford Expedition. Reviewers agree that the 2014 Sequoia has a very comfortable ride, especially when equipped with the optional air suspension system. Many also think the Sequoia handles well for a large SUV, though some complain about numb steering and body lean in corners.
Automotive critics say the Toyota Sequoia has a well-built interior, although some say that the design isn’t that interesting or luxurious. Reviewers say the front seats have good legroom and the second row, which features individually reclining and sliding seats, holds three adults comfortably. Several test drivers note that the third-row seats are adult-friendly, which is a rare compliment for the class. Cargo space is ample, and easy to expand thanks to fold-flat second- and third-row seats. The Toyota Sequoia comes standard with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone automatic climate control and Entune Audio Plus, which features a touch-screen interface, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a USB port and HD Radio. Options include a power liftgate, navigation and a rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system. The Sequoia also has several optional safety and driver assistance features, including front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
- "Make no mistake: the Toyota Sequoia isn't some dainty crossover. It's a truck-based full-size SUV with ample room for eight passengers and loads of towing and hauling ability. While its one of the more refined examples of a dying breed, the Sequoia is still a thirsty rig that's a bit more cumbersome to drive than its car-derived competitors." -- Left Lane News
- "There are many choices in this segment, all of them with solid capabilities. What sets the 2014 Sequoia apart is its great powertrain, advanced features and the peace of mind of Toyota quality and reliability." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Sequoia stacks up well against its rivals. We appreciate its strong engine, comfortable seating, large cargo hold, and surprising maneuverability." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "Full-size, truck-based SUVs like the 2013 Toyota Sequoia are becoming rarer with each new model year, as buyers who don't need big-time towing or off-road capabilities are switching to more carlike crossovers. But if those qualities are still a big part of your vehicle needs, the Sequoia should work out well." -- Edmunds (2013)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Chevrolet Suburban is another truck-based large SUV that critics say has a comfortable ride. The Suburban has greater towing capacity, more cargo space and better fuel economy than the Sequoia.
Like the Sequoia, reviewers say the Ford Expedition has a comfortable ride and an easy-folding third row that’s comfortable for adults. It trumps the Sequoia in terms of towing capacity and fuel economy, and the long-wheelbase EL models have more cargo space.
Details: 2014 Toyota Sequoia
The 2014 Toyota Sequoia seats eight in three rows. A 5.7-liter V8 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive is optional. The Toyota Sequoia comes in three trims: SR5, Limited and Platinum. The Sequoia was last redesigned for the 2008 model year and has had only minor updates since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 through 2014 model years.
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