The 2022 Toyota Sequoia is one of the oldest vehicles on the market. Size and power never go out of style, so the Sequoia isn't without appeal. All the same, a dated design and an ancient powertrain don't hold up well against newer rivals such as the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe. Aside from a new shade of white paint, the Sequoia enters 2022 unchanged. For the 2023 model year, it's quite likely Toyota will redesign the giant SUV as it did with its truck sibling, the 2022 Tundra.
All the way back in 2008, we conducted a comparison test between the Toyota Sequoia, Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and Nissan Armada. The winner? Toyota Sequoia.
Eleven years later, we conducted a similar comparison, and the Sequoia finished dead last. That tells you how far the SUV market has moved, because the Sequoia is essentially the same vehicle as it was in 2008. All of its rivals have had at least one redesign since then (the Tahoe has had two). When you step into a Sequoia, you can immediately tell it's more than a decade old—despite the modern touchscreen, buttons and knobs are everywhere. The interior is spacious, but it feels cheap and old-fashioned.
The transmission is another sign of age. The Sequoia's six-speed box is down several cogs against the competition, and it feels sluggish in use. The V-8 provides lots of power, but it demands a corresponding sacrifice at the fuel pump.
These drawbacks make it hard to recommend the Sequoia even though it's still a capable family hauler. One small silver lining: In an effort to appeal to modern buyers, Toyota outfits every Sequoia with a full suite of active safety tech.
The Sequoia soldiers on with a single engine, which has remained unchanged since 2008. The 5.7-liter V-8 sends 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. That's strong for the class, although you pay at the pump—the EPA rates the Sequoia at 13/17 mpg city/highway with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The former is standard, with AWD a $2,800 upgrade.
Two years ago, Toyota introduced a version of the Sequoia intended for off-road duty. The TRD Pro comes with Fox shocks, an extra 0.7 inch of suspension travel, a cat-back exhaust, and a front skidplate.
We were dubious about the prospect of a mud-spitting Sequoia, but we came away from a 2019 test impressed with the TRD Pro's off-road chops. The Fox shocks handle rough terrain admirably well, and they ride just as well on the highway. The TRD Pro does little to alleviate the Sequoia's basic sins, but at least it provides some virtues to even things out.
Toyota doesn't hold back any safety equipment on the Sequoia. Every model comes with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, and automatic high-beams. Most rivals—including some luxury SUVs—don't include such a comprehensive kit.
Despite its lengthy time on the market, neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the Sequoia. The NHTSA did rate the SUV's rollover resistance at four stars.
The Sequoia was once among the biggest vehicles on the market, but it has since been dwarfed by titans like the Chevrolet Suburban. Even compared to the more reasonable Tahoe, the Sequoia is behind on cargo and passenger space.
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The Sequoia's infotainment system is only available with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. It's equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and navigation is included on the Limited trim and above. Upper trims get progressively more elaborate sound systems, but otherwise the Sequoia is light on tech options.
The Sequoia would be easier to recommend if it were cheaper than its rivals, but it isn't. The base SR5 trim may be the least of the available evils, as the Sequoia's interior doesn't get much more elegant in higher trims.
But if we had to take a Sequoia home, we'd pick the TRD Pro. It's a surprisingly good off-roader that still behaves well on the road. At about $66,000, it doesn't come cheap, but it's the closest the Sequoia gets to excellence.
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