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Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia ranks 9 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.

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Automotive journalists praise the 2015 Toyota Sequoia for its spacious seats and powerful engine, but they are disappointed by its poor gas mileage.

Powering the 2015 Toyota Sequoia is a V8 engine that critics say produces impressive acceleration. They add that the standard six-speed automatic transmission provides seamless shifts, especially while towing. The 2015 Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds, which is less than the towing capacity of competitors like the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban. The Sequoia's 13/17 mpg city/highway EPA rating is poor compared with the fuel economy of its rivals. 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.

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia's cabin features first-rate materials, reviewers write, and its cargo area is larger than many competitors'. They add that the front seats are spacious, but there is a lack of headroom. The Sequoia's second-row seats recline and slide, which critics appreciate, and its third-row seats fold into the floor. Test drivers say the Sequoia's third-row seats are adult-friendly, though some note that they can be a challenge to get into. 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)

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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.

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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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Review Last Updated: 8/25/15

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