The All-New Sequoia Is Toyota’s Coolest Gift Of The Year For Its Enthusiasts, So Far

Toyota has prepared a big surprise for its fans for this summer. The all-new refurbished 2023 Toyota Sequoia will hit the market right in time for the return to school period. The three-rows full-size SUV is the ultimate-family vehicle, prioritizing safety, comfort and technology.

Built on the same platform as the latest Tundra pickup, the Sequoia stands out thanks to its impressive size and features. Unsurprisingly, this luxury SUV was always a celebrity favorite, and in the past, paparazzi have photographed Matt Damon and Taylor Swift in Sequoia SUVs.

Considering that this powerful sport utility vehicle has constantly received high points for safety, road safety and reliability, it does not surprise us that A-listers are loving their Toyota Sequoia. Meanwhile, it doesn’t hurt that Sequoia retains its value pretty well. In 2019, Sequoia was the Edmunds Best Retained Value winner for Large SUVs. And in the same year, Kelley Blue Book also gave Sequoia the award of Best Resale Value in its category.

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What Is New For 2023

The 2023 model went through a major redesigning process, which is the first since 2008!

Fans will be delighted to find out that the interior, towing, performance and full economy have been upgraded compared to previous years. Additionally, the technology upgrades improve the driving experience, making the ride safer and more comfortable.

The all-new Sequoia has now a maximum towing capacity of 9,520 lbs. This means families can carry far more than their entire camping equipment while they embark on their next outdoor adventure. However, cargo space was lost for the 2023 model because of the upgrades inside the cabin and the new live-axle rear suspension. The maximum cargo space available is 87 cubic feet, which is a significant loss from the predecessor. Unfortunately, even legroom and shoulder room have been reduced; Thus, taller passengers might find the new model less comfortable during a long trip.

Passengers can no longer fold down flat, the third row seats, but the shelf system that holds up to about 103 pounds creates an awkward flat load floor when third-row seats fold flat. Also, third row seats slide fore and aft 6 inches. This means that Sequoia owners can win cargo space while sliding the seats forward, or they can have extra passenger legroom when they slide the third row seats back.

On the positive side, the engine was seriously improved. Toyota replaced the 5.7-liter 3UR V8 for a hybrid-only powertrain. The i-FORCE MAX Hybrid Powertrain engine generates a total output of 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque, which is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Naturally, this has ameliorated the fuel economy. Although Toyota hasn’t released yet official fuel economy data, the numbers should be similar to the ones of the hybrid Tundra, which has a 19-20 MPG combined.

The 2023 Sequoia Has A Sophisticated Interior Space And Unique Tech Features

Luxurious design elements are present all over the cabin. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, ventilated first-row seats with eight-way power adjustment, and the panoramic moonroof are just some very stylish design elements that were incorporated in the new Sequoia. Meanwhile, the new multimedia system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that some drivers might recognize from Tundra is also present. Additionally, the new model comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, but buyers can upgrade to a 14-inch infotainment screen.

The SR5 model comes equipped with Toyota’s Panoramic View Monitor camera system while the SR5 Premium package offers hands-free liftgates, a 14-inch infotainment display, Softex seats, and 120-volt power outlets. The Limited and Capstone trim have a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and 20- or 22-inch wheels.

The Tow Tech Package, standard on TRD Pro and Capstone is also available for the other trims. And the TRD Off-Road package, which improves off-road capability, is available on four-wheel drive versions of the SR5 and Limited.

Equally important, all trims come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite, which includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, and Automatic High Beams.

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How Much Does The 2023 Sequoia Cost?

This impressive SUV has a starting price of $59,795, which is quite pricey, but suggests Toyota is interested in placing the Sequoia in the luxury segment. The Capstone will be sold at a staggering $79,795. By comparison the basic 2022 Porsche Cayenne is sold at $69,000.

Obviously, there is a market for the Sequoia, but given the current market situation, it is hard to believe that Toyota will break the market with this model at the current price points.

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