in 2013 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $33,834 - $51,418
Original MSRP: $42,455 - $63,070
MPG: 13 City / 18 Hwy
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2013 Toyota Sequoia Interior

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For the most part, reviewers say the 2013 Toyota Sequoia has good interior build quality, but they are conflicted about its design and materials. A few auto critics are disappointed with the interior materials, which they feel give the Sequoia a low-budget look. Others say the interior is versatile, with nice design touches, comfortable seating and a large cargo hold.

  • "This SUV is built well, but its overall ambiance is more pickup durable than high-end opulent. That's OK in the base SR5, but not so much in the top-end Platinum." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Stylistically, the Toyota Sequoia's interior may leave you bit underwhelmed, with plastic parts that feel a bit hard and the absence of rich wood trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As one would expect, the Sequoia's interior is vast, but clever touches make it quite versatile as well." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Sequoia's passenger cabin offers abundant room for passengers, cargo or a combination of the two. Whether you opt for the eight- or seven-passenger variations, you'll find a more comfortable and versatile cabin than its rivals." -- Edmunds (2012)


The 2013 Sequoia comes with seating for eight and can be equipped with second-row captain’s chairs, reducing seating to seven. Cloth seats are standard, as are an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat. Leather or perforated leather seating trim are optional, as are heated front- and second-row seats. Reviewers say the front seats have good legroom, but one critic says headroom is sparse. The same critic says that forward vision is good, but rearward visibility is lacking. One reviewer appreciates the second row’s reclining seats, which make the rear seats more spacious than rivals'. More than one test driver note that the third-row seats are adult-friendly, which is a rare complement for the class.

  • "Legroom is great, but headroom is surprisingly stingy. ... Visibility is commanding to the front and sides, but it's poor to the rear in close quarters." -- Consumer Guide (front seats)
  • "Where some SUVs have a 3rd-row seat that is best suited only for children, the 2013 Toyota Sequoia offers adult-sized seating in all three rows." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The second-row seats in particular not only recline, but slide fore and aft for extra legroom -- a rare feature among full-sized SUVs." -- Edmunds (2012)

Interior Features

The Toyota Sequoia comes equipped with some notable features absent on many competitors like the Chevrolet Suburban. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control and an eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary jack and steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth and audio controls. Options and features on higher trims include an upgraded sound system and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system, which allows users to control their smartphone apps with voice commands. A navigation system and a rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system are available as well.

Most reviewers agree that the climate and audio controls are user-friendly but note that the audio controls may be hard to reach. This is a common complaint about large SUVs though. One critic mentions that the dashboard layout is orderly and most controls are easy to use.

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  • "The controls are user-friendly for the most apart, although the sheer width of the SUV can make the audio controls difficult to reach for shorter drivers." -- Left Lane News
  • "On the other hand, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV's instrument panel is simple and uncluttered, with easy-to-see-and-operate controls and a dual glovebox for maximum storage." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "Controls are generally easy to use, but those for the audio system require a long reach for the driver." -- Edmunds (2012)


The 2013 Toyota Sequoia comes with 120.1 cubic feet of overall cargo space and 66.6 cubic feet behind the second row. With all seats in use, it has 18.9 cubic feet of space. The Sequoia’s cargo capacity is excellent for the class, but still trails the cavernous Chevrolet Suburban. A power liftgate is available on higher trims. Reviewers appreciate the Sequoia’s cargo space and note that the third-row seats can fold flat, easing access. Inside, critics find abundant small-item storage. One test driver finds that cargo space is fairly limited when all seats are occupied.

  • "Cargo room behind the 3rd row is relatively limited, but there's a full-width bin below the rear floor section. The 2nd and 3rd rows fold easily and level with the floor to create a long, flat expanse. The cabin is rife with cupholders, bins, pouches, and pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "An enormous cargo bay with second- and third-row seats that fold to create a flat load floor adds yet more practicality." -- Edmunds (2012)

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