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MSRP: $44,095 - $64,020
Invoice: $40,127 - $58,257
MPG: 13 City / 17 Hwy
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Toyota Sequoia Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Toyota Sequoia’s interior is well-built, although some say that the design isn’t that interesting or luxurious. They write that the 2014 Sequoia has plenty of room to seat eight people in comfort and lots of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat. They also think that most of the Sequoia’s controls are user-friendly, though most complain that the stereo is hard for the driver to reach.

  • "The design is somewhat bland and a couple notches below sinfully luxurious but, as would be expected of a Toyota, the assembly detail is without fault." -- 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
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 variation, you'll find a more comfortable and versatile cabin than its rivals." -- Edmunds (2013)

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The eight-seat 2014 Sequoia comes standard with cloth seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Optional features include leather upholstery and heated front- and second-row seats. Optional second-row captain’s chairs can replace the standard bench seat, which reduces seating capacity to seven. Reviewers say the front seats have good legroom, but one says headroom is lacking. Automotive journalists write that the second row holds three adults comfortably, and one appreciates the second-row bench’s individual reclining and sliding seats, which can adjust to allow for more legroom, or bring children closer to parents in the front seats. Several test drivers note that the third-row seats are adult-friendly, which is a rare compliment for the class.

  • "The 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a true 8-seater, with a 3rd-row seat that really will accommodate adults and is easily reached, thanks to big rear doors and sliding 2nd-row seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Legroom is great, but headroom is surprisingly stingy." -- Consumer Guide (2013 front seats)
  • "The second-row seats in particular not only recline, but slide fore and aft for extra legroom: a rare feature among full-size SUVs. The center section of the 40/20/40-split second-row bench also slides forward to put little ones within easy reach of mom and dad." -- Edmunds (2013)

Interior Features

The Toyota Sequoia comes standard with 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 JBL sound system, 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.

Reviewers agree that most of the Sequoia’s various interior features have user-friendly controls. However, many complain that the switchgear for the audio system is difficult for the driver to reach.

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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
  • "We accuse Tundra of having a somewhat haphazard control layout, and Sequoia takes that even further because it includes a number of functions its pickup sibling lacks, such as three-zone climate control and an air suspension. Many controls reside too far to the passenger side of the console, a long stretch from the driver's seat." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Controls are generally easy to use, but those for the audio system require a long reach for the driver." -- Edmunds (2013)


The 2014 Toyota Sequoia has 18.9 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 66.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 120.1 cubic feet behind the first. The Sequoia’s cargo space is excellent for the class, but still trails the cavernous Chevrolet Suburban’s cargo room. However, the Sequoia’s third-row seats fold into the floor, which critics like, and reviewers say the Sequoia’s cabin is loaded with places to store small items. With the second- and third-row seats folded into the floor, the Sequoia has a flat loading area from the front-row seats back. A power liftgate is available on higher trims.

  • "The Sequoia's interior is well set up for carrying stuff, too, with 66.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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