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2013 Toyota Sequoia

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2013 Toyota Sequoia Review

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The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is a ruggedly stylish four-door SUV that is an excellent choice for buyers who want a safe and comfortable family vehicle. This SUV is available with four-wheel drive for another dimension of safety, and comes in three trim packages so there is something to appeal to almost anyone looking for a high-quality family SUV with ample power and towing ability.

New For 2013

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia was designed to make a dent in the lucrative full-size SUV market, which has been the sole domain of Ford and Chevrolet for many years. In the 2013 model, the smaller 4.6-liter, V-8 engine has been replaced across the board with a more powerful 5.7-liter V-8 that features enhanced towing and hauling power. Other new standards for this SUV include:

  • A blind spot warning system
  • Trailer sway control for safer trailer towing


This truck is built to look as tough and powerful on the outside as it is under the hood. The base model SR5 rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, while the higher Limited and Platinum trim packages have 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. All three trim packages have a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The top two trim packages also have a power lift gate, making loading and unloading cargo faster and easier. Both driver and passengers will enjoy the power moon roof that is standard across the board, and a sporty-looking spoiler adds to the overall appeal. A trailer hitch is also standard equipment on all models and they're ready for the electrical plugs straight from the factory.

The appearance is enhanced with side running boards, front and rear mud flaps, and a rear lip spoiler. A rear step-up bumper helps with loading and unloading.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of this truck is made to conform to the highest standards of modern luxury and technology in the business. Rich leather upholstery is optional on the base model and standard on the top two trim packages. Adjustable bucket-style front seats are standard across the board, along with a sporty leather shift knob on the base and Limited models. The Platinum trim package sports a leather-and-wood shift knob. Front and rear beverage cup holders are standard on all three trim packages, along with an automatic temperature control and a rear HVAC system, ideal for a long family trip. Both the base and Limited packages have an attractive leather steering wheel. The Platinum package has a wood-and-leather steering wheel.

A GPS Navigation system is standard on the top-end trim package and optional on the bottom two, and almost any audiophile would enjoy the powerful sound system available in all three trim packages. The base models sport an eight-speaker AM/FM CD-player with an MP3 decoder, while the top two trim packages have a 14-speaker system. Controls for both systems are mounted on the steering wheel for safe listening and driving. There is plenty of room for all of the kids, as these SUVs have a maximum capacity of eight passengers.

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is the ideal vehicle for a road trip or hauling cargo with up to 120 cubic feet of storage capacity.


This SUV was built with safety in mind, with standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction and stability controls, a front anti-roll bar, and rack and pinion steering. Other great safety features that are standard across the board are side-impact beams, fog lights, and daytime running lights.

This vehicle scores high on safety in crash tests thanks to overhead row airbags, passenger-side airbags, and front passenger and driver airbags. Drivers can avoid dangerous situations before they develop with the help of a tire pressure monitoring system, fully-automatic halogen headlamps with a washer, a trunk ajar warning, a brake fluid warning, an oil pressure warning, and a host of other helpful gauges. Parking and safety is also aided by a camera that is available for the rear of the vehicle on the base and Limited model. The Platinum trim package has standard front and rear cameras.

Driving Experience

Driving the 2013 Toyota Sequoia is nothing like driving your father's SUV. It has plenty of power, while getting 17/18 mpg city/highway with the rear-wheel-drive version. Drivers opting for the four-wheel-drive package will get fewer miles per gallon. It can generate up to 381 horsepower (hp) with plenty of towing power at 401 lb-ft of torque.

It has handling ability to match the power under the hood, with double front and rear wishbone suspension and gas-pressured front shocks. It is designed for a fun and quiet ride, yet it is also capable of handling the toughest hauling and towing chores with ease – and plenty of power to spare. With plenty of safety standards, this SUV is well equipped to handle even the harshest of driving conditions.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota Sequoia

  • GMC Terrain
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Ford Explorer

See the New 2015 Sequoia.

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