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2023 Toyota Sequoia First Drive Review: Next Generation Of Power & Strength

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The Toyota Sequoia, last redesigned in 2008, has recently undergone a significant update. It shares a platform with the Tundra and has a similar look and feel to the truck from the A-pillar forward. The new model features a body-on-frame chassis with a fully boxed frame, also used by the Tundra and the new Land Cruiser. Toyota’s aim with this platform is to provide excellent handling, comfort, and capability. The vehicle is equipped with a twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-Force Max engine, producing 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. This engine, borrowed from the Tundra, is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and includes a motor generator for enhanced performance and efficiency. The Sequoia’s handling is improved with a new rack-mounted electronic power steering system and a multi-link rear suspension, with an optional air suspension available.

The Sequoia boasts a maximum tow rating of 9,520 pounds, similar to the Ford Expedition and just under the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The vehicle offers three drive modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport, with additional modes available if equipped with certain suspension features. Four-wheel drive is available for off-road enthusiasts, with features like selectable locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select system, and Crawl Control. The interior is spacious with three rows of seats, offering comfort and versatility. It includes advanced features like a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, up to a 14-inch touchscreen, and the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite for added safety.

The Sequoia is offered in five trim levels, starting at $58,300 for the base model. The top-of-the-line TRD Pro and Capstone versions are priced at $76,900 and $75,300 respectively. The most expensive configuration, the 4×4 Capstone, starts at $78,300. Overall, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia presents a welcome update with improved performance, efficiency, and interior comfort, making it a compelling choice for those seeking a full-size SUV.

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