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in Affordable Large SUVs

MSRP: $44,395 - $64,320
Invoice: $40,400 - $58,530
MPG: 13 City / 17 Hwy
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Toyota Sequoia Performance

Auto writers report that the 2015 Toyota Sequoia’s V8 engine lives up to its horsepower rating with lively acceleration and surprising refinement. Some write that the 2015 Sequoia has fairly good handling for a large SUV, as well as strong brakes, while opinion is split on whether the steering feel is suitable. The Sequoia gets poor fuel economy for the class.

  • "Based on the excellent full-size Tundra pickup, the 2015 Toyota Sequoia has all the toughness you could ask for in an SUV -- yet its ride and handling are surprisingly refined." -- AutoTrader
  • "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
  • "While no full-size SUV rides or drives like a car-based crossover SUV, the 2015 Toyota Sequoia comes pretty darn close." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You'll never forget the 2013 Toyota Sequoia is a large vehicle, but thanks to its independent rear suspension and quick (but numb) hydraulic power steering, there's a surprising nimbleness to be found." -- Edmunds (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the 2015 Sequoia gets 13/17 mpg city/highway, which is low for a large SUV, and significantly less than what most three-row crossovers get. The Sequoia can tow a maximum of 7,400 pounds, which doesn’t match the towing capacity of rivals such as the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition.

Test drivers praise the 2015 Sequoia’s V8 engine as lively and powerful, delivering strong acceleration. They say the V8 operates quietly, and that the automatic transmission works smoothly and effectively when towing.

  • "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
  • "One of the best features offered in Toyota's full-size Sequoia SUV for 2015 is its strong and quiet 5.7-liter V8 engine, with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It's unobtrusively reassuring and is equal to any task the Sequoia may be asked to accomplish. It's matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission that includes a low first gear for getting a heavy load moving and two overdrive gears that help enhance fuel economy and reduce noise at highway speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 5.7-liter V8 is an eager engine that moves this big, heavy truck with plenty of gusto." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Equally satisfying is the 2013 Sequoia's powertrain: The 5.7-liter V8 is powerful, silken and near silent until you pin the throttle. We also like the six-speed automatic, which is responsive even when towing." -- Edmunds (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is available. Auto writers agree that the 2015 Sequoia’s independent rear suspension helps the SUV ride smoothly over bumps and around corners. Some test drivers think the steering feel is appropriately weighted, while others think it is numb, leading to severe body lean. A few reviewers say the 2015 Sequoia has strong brakes.

  • "The Sequoia may be the size of a small bus, but its Camry-style steering wheel and light steering effort make it feel more maneuverable than it actually is. It also has an independent rear suspension, which helps it negotiate bumps in a relatively civilized way for a truck-based SUV." -- AutoTrader
  • "Toyota equips the Sequoia with an independent rear suspension that helps it corner and maneuver with surprising agility. The steering feel is also commendable, with good feedback and just the right amount of resistance for the power assist." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its steering is too light and indirect, and body lean is prevalent in even moderate-speed turns." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "In Edmunds brake testing, the Toyota Sequoia required 127 feet to come to a stop from 60 mph, which is a short distance for SUVs in this class." -- Edmunds (2013)
Review Last Updated: 1/30/15

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