Toyota Sequoia Review
The 2015 Toyota Sequoia ranks 8 out of 13 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.
The 2015 Toyota Sequoia has a few traits that critics like, such as spacious seating and a powerful engine, but they can’t overlook its poor fuel economy.
The 2015 Toyota Sequoia comes with a V8 engine that auto journalists agree has ample power and delivers quick acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, and test drivers like how it operates smoothly and effectively, especially when towing. The 2015 Sequoia gets 13/17 mpg city/highway according to the EPA, which is very low for the class. It can tow up to 7,400 pounds, which doesn’t match the towing capacity of rivals such as the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition. Reviewers think the Sequoia has a smooth ride, thanks in part to its independent rear suspension. The Sequoia handles well for a large SUV, according to some test drivers, while others complain that it has body lean when cornering. A few critics report that the 2015 Sequoia’s steering feel is well-weighted, while others comment that it is light and imprecise.
Reviewers like that the 2015 Toyota Sequoia has a well-made interior, with impressive fit and finish. They say the front-row seats are spacious but don’t offer much headroom. Automotive journalists appreciate that the second-row seats slide and recline, and they say the third-row seats can fit adults comfortably, although some complain that they are difficult to access. Cargo space is excellent for the class, and the third-row seats fold into the floor. The 2015 Sequoia comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control and Entune Audio Plus, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen. Optional features include a 14-speaker JBL sound system, navigation, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system. Some auto writers think the Entune touch-screen system is simple to use, while others find that it responds slowly to user selections.
- "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
- "Toyota's 2015 Sequoia full-size SUV provides all the space and ability expected in a vehicle of such massive stature with the added benefit of strong resale values and proven reliability. On the flip side, the Sequoia's 7,400-pound tow rating pales when compared to the 9,200-pound rating for the Ford Expedition, and the Sequoia doesn't offer as much cargo room or horsepower as a Chevy Suburban. The Sequoia also falls near the bottom of the pack when it comes to fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Unfortunately, the Sequoia doesn't capture our full-size SUV recommendation like it once did. That's due to the newly redesigned Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban, which have rocketed to the top of the class after complete overhauls that included improved engines, better interior materials, more equipment and new styling. Still, the Sequoia remains an exceptionally well-rounded vehicle for those who require its industrial-grade capabilities." -- AutoTrader
- "Sequoia stacks up well against its rivals. We appreciate its strong engine, comfortable seating, large cargo hold, and surprising maneuverability." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other SUVs to Consider
Automotive journalists find that the Chevrolet Suburban has an upscale and quiet interior with spacious seating for up to nine. The Suburban has more cargo space, greater towing capacity and is more fuel-efficient than the Sequoia.
The Dodge Durango has impressive handling, according to test drivers, as well as a composed ride and smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. They also say the Durango’s infotainment system is simple to use and has a clear display.
Details: 2015 Toyota Sequoia
The 2015 Toyota Sequoia has seating for eight, with optional second-row captain’s chairs that reduce seating to seven. A 5.7-liter V8 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, while four-wheel drive is optional. The 2015 Sequoia has three trims: SR5, Limited and Platinum. The Sequoia was last redesigned for the 2008 model year and has seen only minor updates since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 through 2015 model years.
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