2020 Toyota Sequoia

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$49,980 - $69,245
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 4, 2020
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The Toyota Sequoia offers a roomy interior, peppy engine performance, and a great reliability rating. It seats eight and has an exception cargo hold. Ride quality is also smooth over most rough pavements. These qualities make Sequoia a good pick among large SUVs but there are more refined options like the Chevy Tahoe.

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Pros

One of the best in class in terms of cargo area 

Rides comfortably over bumps

Flexible seating for up to eight passengers

Amazing off-road capability 

Cons

Poor fuel economy

Audio controls and front central cupholders are placed far from reach

What's New?

Latest suspension for better off-road experience

New TRD Pro trim added 

New touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49905

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

346 cu.in.

horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

401 lbs.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

67.9/69.1

dimensions

wheelbase

122 in.

length

205.1 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

77 in.

curb weight

5730 lbs.

ground clearance

9.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

120.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

7400 lbs.

payload capacity

1370 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/17 mpg

ev range

343.2 mi.

highway range

448.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Toyota Sequoia in blizzard pearl color 2020 Toyota Sequoia in Magnetic Gray Metallic color 2020 Toyota Sequoia in Midnight Black color 2020 Toyota Sequoia in Shoreline Blue Pearl color
blizzard pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.4

Interior

7.4

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota Sequoia SR5

SR5

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
15 combined

$49,980 - $53,205


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $49,980 MSRP (13/15/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic rear wheel drive 8
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $53,205 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic four wheel drive 8

2020 Toyota Sequoia Limited

Limited

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
15 combined

$58,990 - $62,215


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $62,215 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic four wheel drive 8
Limited 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $58,990 MSRP (13/15/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic rear wheel drive 8

2020 Toyota Sequoia Platinum

Platinum

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
15 combined

$66,020 - $69,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $69,245 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic four wheel drive 7
Platinum 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $66,020 MSRP (13/15/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic rear wheel drive 7

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Named after earth’s most massive tree, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia exemplifies its name. It weighs around 5700-pounds and is big enough to serve all your needs. Toyota has fitted all the 2020 Sequoia with a robust 5.7-liter V-8 engine that is capable of doing anything while offering seating for eight and impressive towing capacity. Sequoia also offers a more cushioned ride than some of its rivals, especially when equipped with the adaptive suspension on the Platinum trim.

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7.4/10
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Features

7.4/10

There are four trims to choose between in the new 2020 Toyota Sequoia that includes: SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Pro, Limited, and Platinum.  All the trims come standard with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive can be added to any trim for $3,225. Prices vary significantly between the trims, but optional packages on the SR5 and Limited trim help bridge the gaps. The SR5 and Limited models come with a seating capacity of eight passengers, while the second-row captain’s chair on the Platinum trim reduces the seating capacity to seven.

Trims

SR5

TRD Sport

Limited

Platinum

TRD Pro

MSRP

$49,905

$52,620

$58,915

$65,945

$64,030

Key Features

Integrated LED fog lights with dark-silver surround

Integrated LED fog lights with chrome surround Integrated LED fog lights with chrome surround

Integrated LED fog lights with chrome surround

Rigid Industries 62 LED fog lights
 

LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature

LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature

LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature

Chrome grille surround with chrome insert and accent

"TOYOTA" grille with color-keyed grille surround

 

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with auto on/off feature

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with auto on/off feature

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with auto on/off feature

  Lower bumper opening with dark-silver surround
  Chrome grille surround with dark-silver insert and accent

Chrome grille surround with gloss-black insert and accent

Chrome grille surround with dark-silver insert and accent

  Lower bumper opening with chrome surround
  Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

Lower bumper opening with chrome surround

Lower bumper opening with chrome surround  

 

   

Gloss-black heated power outside mirrors

 

   
 

 

TRD Sport performance-tuned Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers    

 

We Recommend

Go with the SR5 with the Premium Package ($3,810) that adds features such as leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat along, Entune Premium audio and navigation, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with compass. It also gets Toyota’s Safety Sense-P which adds a substantial amount of advanced techs that are best in class.

2020 Toyota Sequoia Engine and Performance

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia gets a big 5.7-liter V-8 engine that makes 381-horsepower and 401-pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 feels powerful and there is plenty of torque that helps this bulky SUV to move quickly from a stop. The six-speed automatic transmission feels smooth but it hardly helps the Sequoia in getting better fuel efficiency. 

Models

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE SUV

Chevrolet Tahoe LS SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser SUV

Ford Expedition XLT SUV

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum SUV

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro SUV

MSRP

$49,905

$53,295

$49,195

$86,060

$53,425

$56,695

$60,945

Engine

5.7 liter V8 powertrain

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.3L V8 Gas/Ethanol

5.7L V8 Regular Unleaded

3.5L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

381 hp

340 hp@ 6500rpm

355 hp@5600rpm

381 hp@ 5600rpm

375 hp@ 5000rpm

316 hp@ 5700rpm

329 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

401 lb-ft

332 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

383 ft-lbs@ 4100rpm

401 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

470 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

295 ft-lbs@ 2200rpm

325 ft-lbs@ 2900rpm

The Toyota Sequoia manages to produce the best power output figures out of the competition. The next SUV producing similar figures is the Land Cruiser. 

Acceleration

For a big 5,700-pound SUV the Sequoia is no loll. The V8 generates enough power to make this ginormous mass clock 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds. Sequoia, however, lags behind when it comes to covering a quarter-mile. It takes 15.3 seconds to cover the distance which is slower than both Armada and Tahoe.

Models

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

0-60 MPH

7.1

7.8 sec

6.7 sec

6.7 sec

6.2 sec

6.1sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

15.3

16.1 sec

15.2 sec

15.1 sec

14.8 sec

 

14.2

Engine

5.7 liter

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.3L V8 Gas/Ethanol

5.7L V8 Regular Unleaded

3.5L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.7

9.8

10.4

11.7

9.3

7.7

8.4

The Toyota Sequoia shows the same 0-60mph times as the Audi Q7 in 0 to 60 runs while the Volvo XC90 manages the fastest time even after with the smallest displacement engine. 

Ride and Handling

The Sequoia shares its underpinning with the last generation Tundra pickup truck but it rides and handles better thanks to its four-wheel independent suspension. The carlike design keeps the Sequoia stable on winding roads for most parts. Ride quality is smooth over rough pavements and an adaptive suspension on the Platinum trim further improves the ride quality by soaking up most the bumps on the road.

It corners well for a large full-size SUV and even better than some of its rivals. The Sequoia by no means is a city-friendly maneuverable vehicle although its 38-foot turning radius is laudable. A rear-wheel-drive drivetrain setup comes standard with the 2020 Toyota Sequoia while you can still choose for the four-wheel-drive as an optional feature.

Braking

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia's brake pedal feels soft and easy for modulating around town. To increase traction, the Sequoia comes fitted with  Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD), this system modulates brake pressure and helps in keeping the car in enhancing traction on unpredictable road conditions such as loose sand or snow.

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Brake Front (in.)

13.9

14.3

13.0

13.9

13

13.6

14.8

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

13.8

13.6

13.6

13.5

12.6

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5730

4751

5355

5815

5443

4771

4927

60-0 MPH (ft.)

130

123

121

121

121

113

117

Toyota did manage to make a good SUV but forget the major point in terms of braking equipment as this mammoth SUV takes the longest distance to stop from 60mpg to standstill. With 130ft taken, the Toyota Sequoia stands last while the best stopping distance is shown by the Volvo XC90.

Towing Capacity

The Toyota Sequoia is rated to tow 7,400-pounds which are not the best in the class but it is enough to pull recreational vehicles like small boats and campers. It also comes equipped with Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) which provides great braking control while towing. The Ford Expedition boasts the highest towing capacity and its 9,300-pounds hauling power matches some conventional pickup trucks.

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Towing Capacity(pounds)

7400

7400

8600

7400

9300

9300

7300

2020 Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy

This is one area because of which you would skip buying the ginormous SUV and look at its rivals as it is one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in the class. The 2020 Toyota Sequoia with rear-wheel drive checks in at 13mpg city, 17 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined. The four-wheel-drive version is rated at 13/14/17 mpg. The Ford Expedition manages 20 mpg combined and the Volvo XC90 manages a good 22mpg combined. 

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

MPG (city)

13

16

15

13

17

19

19

MPG (highway)

17

21

22

18

24

26

25

MPG (combined)

15

18

18

15

20

22

21

Range (miles) (city/highway)

322/412

376/494

390/572

320/443

396/559

357/489

428/563

Tank Capacity (gal)

22.8

23.5

26.0

24.6

23.3

18.8

22.5

2020 Toyota Sequoia Interior

7.4/10

Getting in and out of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia is made easy by running boards and grab handles. The driving position is tall and upright while the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel adds to the driver’s comfort. Big windshields enable a good view of the road while the large rear window helps in backing up, although a rear-view camera is a must.

The Sequoia seats eight with plenty of head and legroom in all the three rows. The second-row captains bring the seating capacity down to seven but make it more comfortable and roomier. The third-row is also accommodating for adults with ample legroom. standard and optional seating feature includes:

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Passenger capacity

8

5

8

8

5

7

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

34.8/66.4/42.5

39.4/60.4/42.4

42.8/64.8/45.3

38.3/61.0/42.9

42.0/64.9/43.9

38.9/57.7/40.9

39.9/59.5/41.7

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

34.5/65.7/35.3

39.0/59.5/37.6

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.9/61.1/34.4

40.0/64.8/41.5

38.5/56.5/37.0

38.8/58.5/38.8

Infotainment Features

The 2020 Sequoia lineup now comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Finally, Toyota has introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for the Sequoia. This is a much-awiated upgrade to keep itself in line with the competition cars while making it smartphone-friendly. Along with these, the Sequoia also offers a Wi-Fi hotspot facility, which can be opted on trial based subscription. Also, the rear-seat entertainment system now gets a much better JBL audio system.

Cargo Space

2020 Toyota Sequoia offers more cargo space than most of its rivals except the Ford Expedition. With 18.9-inch cubic feet of space behind third-row, 66.6 cubic feet with third-row folded and 120.1 cubic feet overall. These numbers are impressive for a large SUV, although it is a no match to the Ford Expedition as it offers best in class cargo capacity.

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

18.9

43.5

15.3

16.1

19.3

15.8

14.8

Interior Features

  • Multi-Information Display (MID) with outside temperature, instant/average fuel economy and distance to empty
  • Easy-clean fabric-trimmed front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • Leather-trimmed 40/20/40 split, sliding, reclining
  • 19 fold-flat second-row seat with one-touch access to the third-row seat
  • Multi-function remote keyless entry system with remote illuminated entry
  • Power windows with driver and front passenger one-touch auto up/down and jam protection
  • Power rear window with auto up/down, jam protection and defogger
  • Second- and third-row retractable window sunshades
  • Power door locks with shift-linked automatic lock/ unlock feature
  • Cargo area 12V auxiliary power outlet and grocery bag hooks
  • Dual extendable sun visors with vanity mirrors
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

The 2020 Sequoia is the longest, tallest and widest full-size SUV Toyota makes. Its long wheelbase adds to the roomy interior, improve driving dynamics and gives extra clearance while approaching steep slopes. In terms of appearance, the Sequoia is not a crowd puller but with its new front grilles and bumper, it certainly does not look dowdy.

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Curb weight (lbs.)

5730

4751

5355

5815

5443

4771

4927

Length(in)

205.1

195.7

204.0

194.9

210.0

194.9

199.6

Width(in)

79.9

81.6

80.5

78.0

79.9

79.1

77.5

Height(in)

77.0

73.0

74.4

74.0

76.6

69.9

68.5

Ground clearance (in)

9.9

8.7

7.9

8.9

9.8

9.4

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

122.0

115.0

116.0

112.2

122.5

117.5

117.9

Track width (in) F/R

67.9/69.1

66.5/66.4

68.7/68,7

64.9/64.7

67.6/67.2

65.7/65.8

66.1/66.6

Exterior Features

  • LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature
  • Lower bumper opening with dark-silver surround
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • 18-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels with P275/65R18 114T tires
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers and intermittent rear wiper
  • One-touch 3-blink turn signal indicators
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Privacy glass on rear side, quarter and liftgate windows
  • Power liftgate with jam protection
  • Darkened rear taillight bezel
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Safety

There is no safety data available for the 2020 Toyota as both the NHTSA and IIHS have not crash-tested it. In terms of reliability, Toyota has covered the 2020 Sequoia with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/ 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Safety features

Toyota has made standard on all models its suite of advanced safety features which makes it one of the safest SUVs in the market. There is also a plethora of airbags all around the SUV while a rearview camera also comes standard-a must for such a large SUV.

 

  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags and all-row side curtain airbags
  • Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt warning sensor
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/ Emergency Locking Retractor on all passenger belts
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors on all second-row seats and tether anchors on all second-row seats and center third-row seat
  • Child-protector rear door locks and power window lockout
  • The front energy-absorbing crumple zone
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Energy-dissipating interior trim
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Two-position power memory driver’s seat and memory outside mirrors
  • Front and rear parking assist sonar
  • Trailer-Sway Control

2020 Toyota Sequoia Competition

Toyota Sequoia vs. Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is one of the best full SUV available in the market. It boats higher towing capacity, roomy interior, better cargo space, and fuel economy. A high-quality cabin also adds to its reputation. There is also not much difference in the price as the Sequoia base is priced just $3,390 below the Expedition. With so many good things about the Expedition, it is a clear winner as it offers better value for its price.

Toyota Sequoia vs. Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevy Tahoe offers one of the most upscale interiors in the class while offering more advanced techs and features than the 2020 Toyota Sequoia. The Chevy also has better fuel efficiency and towing capacity. The Sequoia, however, benefits from lower base price, cargo capacity and more room in all the three rows. You will not regret buying the Sequoia but the Tahoe any day is a better SUV.

Toyota Sequoia Vs Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada has the lowest price tag and is one of the lowest ranking SUV in its class. Still, the Armada is a very capable SUV. It offers a powerful V-engine, is easy to maneuver and has more towing capacity than the 2020 Toyota Sequoia. However, if interior space is your demand then you would be happy with the Toyota as it offers more space in all the three rows. Armada has a cramped third row but its interior looks upscale and cabin material is top-notch.

2020 Toyota Sequoia Final Verdict

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia fulfills most of the buyers need, a powerful v-8 engine, lots of interior space for passenger and cargo along with excellent towing capacity. The main downside with the last generation was the infotainment system, however, this has been upgraded now. Ride quality is also smooth over most rough pavements. These qualities make Sequoia a good pick among large SUVs but there are more refined options like the Chevy Tahoe. 

The 2020 Sequoia although is competitively priced and offers more standard features than most of the rivals. It lacks the modernity but it is an excellent SUV considering the price tag at which it is offered.