The All-New 2023 Toyota Sequoia

While the Toyota Sequoia may not have the name recognition of some of its competitors – or even its Toyota brother, the Land Cruiser – it has quietly developed into one of the most reliable and dependable full-size SUVs on the market. The second-generation Sequoia was introduced in 2007, and for 15 years it has been a go-to vehicle for families and drivers who put a premium on space.

15 years is a long time in car years – so for 2023, Toyota decided it was time to revitalize the Sequoia. The 2023 Toyota Sequoia retains the ability to haul people and cargo in great comfort, while updating technology, looks, and so much more. So what are the best features of the new Sequoia?

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Performance Features

Coming over from the brand-new Tundra to the Sequoia is the i-Force Max Hybrid powertrain. This fuel-friendly powerplant features an electric motor between the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and the 10-speed automatic transmission, to provide an electric boost. This doesn’t just help out at the fuel pumps – the system offers an output of 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque, blowing the previous generation’s V8 out of the water. It’s 182 lb-ft of torque more than that V8, and has allowed Toyota to eliminate the second engine from the line-up. This also means the new Sequoia can do more than ever before, capable now of towing up to 9,000 pounds when properly equipped!

The Sequoia comes with standard rear-wheel drive, but also offers the 4WDemand part-time 4-wheel drive system. A standard Drive Mode Select system allows drivers to choose the appropriate settings for their driving behavior – Eco, Normal, Sport, and Tow/Haul. Comfort and Sport Plus suspension settings are available with the available Air Suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension.

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Style and Technology

Outside, the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia is clearly different from the past. The SUV is based off of the Toyota Tundra, and the influence shows. The front end of the Sequoia is broad and muscular, centered around an impressively updated grille. The vaguely hexagonal grille is bordered by t-shaped headlights, although the grille is more conservative than on its Tundra counterpart. The front end is broad, with squared-off front wheel flares that offers a distinct trucklike appearance.

With seating for seven passengers and room for plenty of cargo, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia swallows what you throw at it. Higher trims are available with second-row captain’s chairs, which reduces the seating to six but offers more room for each passenger to stretch out and move around. While the cavernous size of the Sequoia is a major selling point, it also offers plenty of creature comforts – front seats are heated in all trims, for instance.

At its base level, the 8-inch infotainment screen in the Sequoia is useful, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as standard. However, the available 14-inch display is much more appropriate on top of the massive dash, and is easier to navigate thanks to just being that much larger. The Sequoia features the new Toyota Intelligent Assistant with voice commands, making it easier for the driver to operate systems while focusing on the road ahead. An available Wi-Fi hotspot keeps everyone in the vehicle connected, and allows Apple Music and Amazon Music streaming.


Toyota’s reputation for safety is one of the best in the industry, and the 2023 Toyota Sequoia shows it off. The updated Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 system is standard across the lineup. An upgrade to the 2.0 system, it has enhanced the central functionalities including the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Road Sign Assist. The Panoramic View Monitor is standard across all trims – no upgrading from basic rearview cameras here, you get the best camera regardless of the trim level.

Trim Levels

The new 2023 Toyota Sequoia includes some new trim levels that encompass a larger roster of options than ever before, including the top-of-the-line Capstone model. There are also specific TRD packages available to add off-road capabilities to the standard trim levels.

The base SR5 Sequoia starts out with plenty of features, and plenty more can be offered via available packages. All of the base features are here, while you can also add the SR5 Premium package with the 14-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia display, power-folding third row seats, hands-free liftgate, and cabin and cargo 120-volt power outlets. For off-roaders, the TRD Sport package available on the SR5 trim upgrades to 20-inch TRD wheels while adding sport-tuned Bilstein monotube shocks and TRD-tuned springs for better performance. Aluminum pedals and TRD logos add unique touches to the interior. For 4WD SR5 models, you can upgrade to the TRD Off-Road package, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels and a red front axle driveshaft for looks. For function, the package offers Bilstein/TRD monotube dampers and springs, along with adjustable drive mode with Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control, Downhill Assist Control. A Multi-Terrain Monitor is added to help drivers navigate trails with obstacles.

Stepping up to the Limited level adds all of the features in the SR5 Premium package as standard, plus more. This means the 14-inch infotainment screen and hands-free power liftgate are provided, along with other features. The front seats are upgraded from heated to heated and ventilated, and feature memory settings, while the steering wheel is heated. Sunshades are standard for the second- and third-rows, a welcome feature for long sunny road trips to keep the sun and glare off the rear-seat passengers. The TRD Off-Road Package is again available on this trim level.

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2023 Toyota Sequoia Platinum models get second-row captain’s chairs as standard seating, and they are heated and ventilated. A standard panoramic moonroof opens up the cabin even more. Qi wireless charging is standard, so you don’t have to deal with running wires throughout the cabin to keep smartphones charged. What tops it all off is the 14-speaker JBL Premium audio system, which provides crystal-clear audio for your commutes and road trips!

For the driver with adventure on their mind, the TRD Pro trim is its own trim level, not just an add-on package. It’s essentially the Platinum trim, with TRD capabilities and badging added. The trim adds TRD-tuned Fox shocks, a quarter-inch TRD aluminum front skid plate, and unique 18-inch black TRD alloy wheels with increased offset for a wider stance. Like the Off-Road package, it features a lockable rear differential and the trail control and assist systems. Wrapping it all up is a roof rack, a Toyota heritage grille with marker lights and an embedded light bar, and TRD badging inside and out.

Toyota claims the Capstone trim level is the most luxurious Sequoia to ever hit the road, and there’s no reason to doubt them. The Capstone takes everything in the Premium trim and adds to it. The Capstone trim sits on massive, bright 22-inch chrome wheels, and has chrome accents across the exterior. Standard powered running boards make it easy to get in and out of the cabin. Luxury seating is trimmed with semi-aniline leather, and features an exclusive black-and-white color combination. Open-pore authentic American Walnut trim accents the console and passenger-side dash, with more walnut surrounding the LED-accentuated Capstone logo on the dash. The cabin is super quiet as well, thanks to acoustic glass being utilized in the front doors.

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is poised to be the top selling full-sized SUV for the model year and well into the future, thanks to a great combination of space, performance, and luxury. Get to Bobby Rahal Toyota in Mechanicsburg, PA and check it out the minute it hits showroom floors. Contact us to schedule your test drive today!

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