Bigger is better, right? Certainly in Texas and when it comes to SUVs it seems consumers are gobbling them up and filling them up with kids, pets, and all kinds of gear.
If a behemoth utility vehicle is something you yearn to power down the road in then the Toyota Sequoia could be that animal you seek. It is one of the roomiest vehicles I have been in – three rows and almost 19 cubic feet of space.
There is no doubt the Sequoia is huge. It can seat 7 or 8 people depending on whether you want the second row captain’s chairs or the three-person split bench. Spacious inside and the view from outside is just as imposing.
It’s almost 6.5 feet tall and 17 feet long. To me that means comfort all while packing good power. The Sequoia comes in four models – the SR5, TRD Sport, the Limited and the Platinum. They all have a 5.7L V8 engine which is more than enough power to get most anywhere. But back to the expansive inside…
That 19 cubic feet of space is enough room for about 14 pieces of carry-on luggage. Folding down the second and third rows gives you about 120 cubic feet of space. Accessing the third row is relatively easy with second row captain’s chairs as they flip down with a quick pull of a lever.
Toyota’s Entune Infotainment system is front and center with a 6.1” touch screen. My only question would be why put a relatively small screen in such a large SUV? But there are redundant buttons and knobs which, to me, are important in a vehicle.
An 8-speaker audio system is standard but I would opt for the 14-speaker JBL system. After all, a large ride deserves large sound. Available options also include a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, a nice distraction for the kids when on long trips.
Despite its large size, the Sequoia is maneuverable and easy to drive. Over most road surfaces it rides smoothly and handles well on off-roads.
Gas mileage is rated at 13 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway. That’s not the very best in its class though it does hold 26 gallons of fuel.
Towing is pretty impressive as it can manage 7,100 lbs of whatever you want to drag behind the SUV.
Bigger, in some cases, can almost mean safer. And in typical Toyota fashion the Sequoia comes with all the Safety Sense features such as forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2018 Sequoia starts near $51,000 for the SR5 trim. That is an attractive base price that challenges other similar SUVs like the Ford Expedition.