All-new platform and sheetmetal for the third-generation Toyota Sequoia.
One powertrain for Canada, a twin-turbo hybrid V6 with 437 horsepower.
New range-topping Capstone is the most luxurious variant yet.
The fully redesigned 2023 Toyota Sequoia has officially been revealed, replacing the second-generation model that was sold in North America since the 2008 model year with any major changes.
During that lifespan, the second-gen Sequoia had to face an admittedly low number of full-size SUV rivals, but they were all more sophisticated, having been redesigned more recently and frequently.
That competition includes the Ford Expedition, the Nissan Armada, the Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and the all-new Jeep Wagoneer. The 2023 Toyota Sequoia arrives just on time, and seems ready for battle with a new powertrain, new technologies and more advanced safety features.
First of all, let’s take a peek underhood. The Sequoia offers only one powertrain, and it’s significant: the recently introduced 2022 Toyota Tundra shares its hybrid setup consisting of a twin-turbo 3.4L V6, an electric motor/generator and a 10-speed automatic transmission, developing a combined 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. In the U.S., the Sequoia gets 2WD and optional part-time 4WD, while the TRD Pro and all Canadian-market units get standard 4WD.
The outgoing generation relied on an aging 5.7L V8 and six-speed automatic combo, which produced a respectable 381 hp and 401 pound-feet of torque. The new 2023 Toyota Sequoia should normally offer better performance, improved refinement and, most importantly, greater fuel economy as the old Sequoia 4WD was one of the thirstiest vehicles on the market with a combined city/highway rating of 14 mpg or 16.4 L/100 km. Toyota promises fuel consumption to be “extremely competitive at the top of the segment.”
Built on a new architecture shared with the Tundra, the Sequoia is said to score gains in rigidity, ride comfort, steering feel and better handling. A load levelling air suspension and adaptive variable dampers are optional for those who need to tow, and while we’re on the subject, the rejuvenated SUV can pull up to 9,000 pounds or 4,082 kilograms when properly equipped—a 22% improvement. There’s also a new Tow Tech package with a Trailer Backup Guide and Straight Path Assist that helps provide steering control when backing up with a trailer in tow.
As with many new vehicles on the market, the Sequoia also features a drive mode system with Eco, Normal and Sport settings, in addition to Comfort, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom when the vehicle is fitted with the available air suspension.
Inside, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia offers captain’s chairs or a bench seat in the second row, while the third row can optionally be folded down or raised at the touch of a button. It can also slide fore and aft to maximize cargo room when all seats are occupied, and there’s a new Adjustable Cargo Shelf System, or a removable shelf with a variety of storage positions, aiming to optimize the vehicle’s cargo carrying abilities.
Trim levels include the SR5 (U.S. only), TRD Off-Road (Canada only), Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro and Capstone, while TRD Off-Road and TRD Sport are offered as packages in the United States. Available features consists of a power panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, 18- to 22-inch alloy wheels, power running boards, semi-aniline leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim and a 14-speaker JBL sound system. The redesigned infotainment system relies on an eight-inch touchscreen in more affordable trim levels and a 14-inch display on the more luxurious variants. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.
All units of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia come with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite of advanced systems, rounding up forward collision alert with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and automatic high beams, among other things. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard as well.
Pricing isn’t available yet, but the 2023 Toyota Sequoia will go on sale in the summer of 2022, and will once again be built in the automaker’s San Antonio, Texas assembly plant alongside the Tundra.