2013 Toyota Sequoia Performance
This performance review was written when the 2013 Toyota Sequoia was new.
Reviewers think the Sequoia performs OK for a large SUV. Handling reviews are a mixed bag, since some say it is a capable around-town hauler and others say it has a lot of body roll in turns and a lack of steering feel. The Sequoia has poor fuel economy, even in a class full of gas-guzzling SUVs. On the plus side, test drivers are thoroughly impressed with the engine, saying it is powerful and smooth.
- "Like an all-star NBA center, the … Toyota Sequoia moves pretty well for a vehicle its size." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "What the 5.7-liter gives up in mpg it makes up for with power and aural goodness. Rough roads set the Sequoia to jiggling, but it's fairly smooth otherwise." -- Car and Driver (2012)
Acceleration and Power
A 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 that makes 401 pound-feet of torque matched with a six-speed automatic transmission is the lone powertrain choice for the Sequoia. The Sequoia gets up to 13/18 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class, but trails GM’s large SUVs. The Sequoia can tow a maximum of 7,400 pounds, which can’t match rivals like the Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition.
Reviewers overwhelmingly endorse the Sequoia’s powertrain. They say it offers good acceleration and its six-speed transmission is well-matched to the engine. One critic says the transmission is slow to shift, especially when trying to pass, but says the Sequoia is plenty powerful.
- "The 5.7-liter V8 is an eager engine that moves this big, heavy truck with plenty of gusto. The reluctant transmission hampers power delivery when it's needed for passing and merging." -- Consumer Guide
- "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
- "This engine is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which employs a very low 1st gear for strong acceleration and two overdrive gears for better fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 5.7-liter V8's abundance of low-end torque makes passing maneuvers effortless, and the six-speed automatic is always on point with gear selection, even when towing. …" -- Edmunds (2012)
Handling and Braking
The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is available in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations. Critics credit the independent rear suspension for the Toyota Sequoia’s supple ride. The Sequoia still suffers from the same complaints as many other large SUVs. A few reviewers note that there is a fair amount of body lean when cornering, tough maneuvering in small spaces like parking garages and numb steering. A couple test drivers disagree and point out the Sequoia’s accurate steering and small turning radius, which they say makes it easy to navigate around town.
- "Its steering is too light and indirect, and body lean is prevalent in even moderate-speed turns. Where this vehicle does excel is in its tight-for-the-class turning radius, which makes close-quarters maneuvering amazingly easy." -- Consumer Guide
- "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
- "Don't get us wrong, the Sequoia for 2013 is still a large and heavy SUV, but its independent rear suspension and precise power steering make the 6,000-pound hulk quite easy to command." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Handling is about what you'd expect from a vehicle this size (cumbersome) and the numb steering only increases the sense of heft." -- Edmunds (2012)