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2021 Toyota Sequoia Review- Trims, Features, Prices, Interiors, and Rivals Comparison

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S. Kulshrestha

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October 27, 2020 at 01:47 PM

The Sequoia went under several changes for the model year 2020 and following this development, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia will not undergo any major overhauls. However, Toyota has launched a new limited-edition Nightshade Package for the 2021 Sequoia. Now with a starting price of $50,100 and the same 5.7L V8 engine, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia will still be offered in a long list of variants that aim to serve a large variety of customers. Let's find out how is the new 2021 Toyota Sequoia strategically placed in the U.S.

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2021 Toyota Sequoia is the largest SUV in Toyota's current lineup

The Toyota Sequoia was introduced to the US market for the first and foremost time in the year 2000. The Toyota Sequoia represented the Japanese auto marque’s stepping stone in the popular full-size SUV segment. The SUV went under several changes for the model year 2020, one of the main being it marked the advent of the more off-road-ready TRD Pro Model. The 2021 Toyota Sequoia, on the other hand, carrying forward the same 5.7L V8, packs in the much anticipated Nightshade Special Edition too, to give the otherwise obsolete offering a bit more oomph.


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2021 Toyota Sequoia gets a new Nightshade trim

​A number of brands have placed their bets in this segment, be it the American anomalous such as the Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition, or European leviathans such as the Land Rover Discovery. So now the question remains, will the Toyota Sequoia bring along enough changes for the year 2021 to put up against these heavyweights? Let’s find out.

2021 Toyota Sequoia

Model Specs

Price Range (MSRP) $50,100 to $64,225
Release Date Available Now
Engine 5.7L Naturally Aspirated V8 Engine
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain RWD/AWD
Trims

6 Trim Levels: SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, Nightshade Special Edition, Platinum, TRD Pro

Colors 5 Colors: Celestial Silver Metallic/Magnetic Grey Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic/Shoreline Blue Pearl/Blizzard Pearl
Changes New Nightshade Edition added to the 2021 Toyota Sequoia Line-Up

What is the pricing structure for the 2021 Toyota Sequoia?

The Toyota Sequoia did receive some changes for the year 2020, and following this development, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia will not undergo any major overhauls. However, Toyota will launch a new limited-edition Nightshade Package for the 2021 Sequoia. The prices for the 2021 Toyota Sequoia will more or less remain the same as the prices of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia, i.e. the price bracket for 2021 Sequoia will start at around $50,100 for the base SR5 8-Pass and will go up to $69,375 for the Platinum 7-Pass.

2021 Toyota Sequoia gets an off-road-ready TRD trim

The trim lineup will also remain mostly the same, except for the inclusion of the new limited-edition Nightshade package. This means the buyers will have the option of choosing from a total of 5 trims, namely - SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, TRD Pro, and the fully-loaded Platinum trim. The new Nightshade Package will be built on the luxurious Limited trim and will start from $60,120 for the RWD, and $63,345 for the 4WD system.

How does the 2021 Toyota Sequoia fare on the Engine and Performance front?

The Toyota Sequoia is not going to get any major changes in 2021, and the 2020 iteration's powertrain front will be carried forward. Following these lines, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia will also get a singular engine option, which happens to be a 5.7L, naturally aspirated, V8 engine. The 5.7L V8 engine of the Toyota Sequoia belts out a punchy 381 horsepower, and a peak torque of 401 lb.-ft. The engine is further mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that routes all the power to the rear wheels, which happens to be the SUV’s default drivetrain, or to all the 4 wheels when you opt for the optional 4WD configuration.

2021 Toyota Sequoia is powered by a refined 5.7L V8

The potent torque figures and the slick-smooth 6-Speed automatic transmission help the 2021 Sequoia achieve an impressive 0-60 MPH time of 6.6 seconds. The heft of the vehicle also adds up to this case. Although, the 5.7L engine is not that good enough to keep up with highway speeds, rather, its torquey engine provides you with the utmost confidence to take on any treacherous path you see fit. Plus, with the new added benefit of the TRD model, the off-roading capability is unquestionable.

Models

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Land Rover Discovery

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition 

MSRP

$50,100

$52,300

$53,000

$52,810

Engine

5.7L Naturally Aspirated V8 

3.0L Intercooled Supercharger V6

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

Drivetrain

RWD

4WD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

Power

381 hp @ 5,600 RPM

340 hp @ 6500 RPM

355 hp @ 5,600 RPM

375 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque

401 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

332 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

470 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

The Toyota Sequoia is quick around the town and posts competitive acceleration figures. The V8 engine provides ample torque at lower revs, thus the throttle response is absolutely on-point. The 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth and precise and grabs just the right cog most of the time. Ford Expedition is the torquiest of the lot, and that is certainly seen in its acceleration times.

How quick is the new 2021 Toyota Sequoia in a 0-60 MPH sprint?

The 5.7L Naturally Aspirated V8 engine of the Sequoia is not exactly tuned to be a high-performance vehicle. It is a full-sized SUV and when it comes to a 0-60 MPH sprint, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia can accelerate to 60 MPH from a standstill in a mere 6.6 seconds and it will accelerate further to 115 MPH.

Models

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Land Rover Discovery SE

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

2021 Ford Expedition XLT

0-60 MPH

6.6s

6.3s

7.2s

5.9s

Top Speed 115 MPH 145 MPH N/A 115 MPH

As compared to the rivals, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia is not the fastest SUV off the line. The Ford Expedition takes the lead with a 0-60 MPH time of 5.9 seconds. The Chevrolet Tahoe is the slowest one off the line with a 0-60 MPH acceleration of about 7.2 seconds. 


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What MPG figures are delivered by the 2021 Toyota Sequoia?

As we discussed above, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia does not witness any major changes. The same powertrain setup from the 2020 Toyota Sequoia has been carried forward to 2021. As a result, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia posts similar fuel-efficiency figures as the 2020 Toyota Sequoia. The 2021 Toyota Sequoia can roll for 13 miles in the city on a gallon and can navigate through 17 miles on the highway. Summing up these figures, we get a combined mpg of 15, which is decent for an SUV of such dimensions, yet it cannot be referred to as impressive. 

Model

2021 Toyota Sequoia 2020 Land Rover Discovery 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Ford Expedition 

MPG (City)

13

16

15

17

MPG (Highway)

17

21

22

24

MPG (Combined)

15

18

18

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.8

23.5

26.0

23.3

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

322/412/342

376/494/423

390/572/468

396/559/466

All the other competitors of the Sequoia post much better mpg figures than this Toyota. The Ford Expedition provides the best in class fuel efficiency, followed by the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Land Rover Discovery. The Toyota Sequoia also gets the smallest fuel tank capacity in class, thus its overall range is also not quite impressive either. 

Will the 2021 Toyota Sequoia get any interior updates?

If you are at this point, by now you must be well aware of the fact that there is nothing special going on with the 2021 Toyota Sequoia. Speaking of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia’s interior, well the deal is expected to remain intact and unchanged from the year 2020. The Toyota Sequoia provides a truly spacious interior. The SUV provides pleasing legroom in all three rows. The Toyota Sequoia can seat up to 8 passengers, with utmost comfort, providing more than ample space to all the passengers, in all directions, at all times.

2021 Toyota Sequoia gets functional and utilitarian interiors

The Toyota Sequoia witnessed some changes in 2020, and most of them were related to the SUV’s infotainment panel, and the same setup will get carried forward to 2021 as well. This means, that all the trims of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia will come with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Either way, you will get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. There is also a new Nightshade edition in place, with a dark exterior and interior accents all around.

Model

2021 Toyota Sequoia  2020 Land Rover Discovery 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Ford Expedition 

Seating Capacity

8

5

8

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.8/66.4/42.5

39.4/60.4/42.4

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.0/64.9/43.9

Rear Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.5/65.7/35.3

39.0/59.5/37.6

38.7/65.1/39.0

40.0/64.8/41.5

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft) 18.9 41.2 15.3 19.3

Speaking of the interior quality and design, well the Toyota Sequoia looks much more dated and obsolete than all of its rivals. Though the cabin looks durable, yet the presence of cheap-looking plastics and big knobs diminish the appeal.  Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia will be:

  • Internet access
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • 8 speakers
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Window grid antenna
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Voice control

How does the 2021 Toyota Sequoia fare on the exterior front?

Unfortunately, no. The Toyota Sequoia will not get any styling changes, and the SUV will look exactly the same it looked in 2020. However, the company is rolling out a new limited edition, Nightshade Edition for the 2021 Toyota Sequoia. Moreover, apart from that, Toyota rolls out a brand new color option known as Lunar Rock, which replaces its Green paint color.

2021 Toyota Sequoia has tonnes of road presence 

The Nightshade Edition will be available atop of the Limited trim, and it will add exterior elements such as sinister-looking black exterior trim, including a darkened chrome grille, black mirror caps, and black door handles. 

Model

2021 Toyota Sequoia 2020 Land Rover Discovery 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Ford Expedition 

Curb Weight

5730 lbs

4751 lbs

5355 lbs

5443 lbs

Length

205.1"

195.7"

204.0"

210.0"

Width

79.9"

81.6"

80.5"

79.9"

Height

77.0"

73.0"

74.4"

76.6"

Ground Clearance

9.9"

8.7"

7.9"

9.8"

Wheelbase

122.0"

115.0"

116.0"

122.5"

The Toyota Sequoia hasn’t been updated in recent years. The grille has been slightly reshaped in the year 2018 and it features different inserts depending on trim level. Based on the Tundra, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia has the largest dimensions and outdoes the $85,000 Landcruiser in terms of size.

What will be the safety features offered with the 2021 Toyota Sequoia?

As we’ve discussed the engineers at Toyota seem to be in a mood of taking a break this year, and not updating the Toyota Sequoia for 2021. The 2021 Toyota Sequoia’s list of safety features will mostly comprise of standard features on offer on the 2020 model. However, even the 2020 Toyota Sequoia has been rated neither by the NHTSA nor the IIHS for its performance in their crash tests. Some of the most prominent safety features on offer with the 2021 Toyota Sequoia are:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Trailer-Sway control
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Pre-Collision System w/Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Traction control
  • 4 ABS channels

What is its release date and should you wait for the 2021 Toyota Sequoia?

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia is expected to release sometime around the fall of 2020. The Toyota Sequoia can be referred to as the veteran of the full-size SUV segment, and the folks at Toyota seem to be in no mood of injecting new life in this dated contender of the segment that’s full of extremely urbane and intriguing sort of option.

2021 Toyota Sequoia gets updated safety tech

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia is going to be carried forward without any substantial changes from the preceding year. Thus, if you have your eyes on the Sequoia, it does not really make any difference to wait for the 2021 model, as you won’t be missing out on anything much in case you go for a 2020 model.


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2021 Toyota Sequoia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What year Toyota Sequoia is best?

There's no denying the fact that all Toyota vehicles are extremely reliable and offer great value for money. Likewise, even the Sequoia is a well-built machine. If you are in the market looking for a used Toyota Sequoia, any model between 2001 to 2007 should serve the purpose of what you want out of it.

How many miles will Toyota Sequoia last?

The Toyota Sequoia tops the list of longest-lasting vehicles. Of all the people who own large SUVs, 6.6 percent of its buyers have driven it more than 200,000 miles. On average there are only about 1.5 percent of vehicles that have been able to drive 200,000 miles.

Will Toyota Sequoia be discontinued?

There have been no such reports as of yet. Toyota began manufacturing this SUV back in 2000 and still continues to make it. There seems to be no reason why Toyota Sequoia should be discontinued.

Is the Toyota Sequoia worth the money?

Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV, which is also capable enough to take on anything and everything that's thrown at it. Its off-road prowess is unquestionable, whereas it also packs in the great reliability and resale value that Toyota is known for. Plus, with the standard Toyota Safety Sense now, the package is as sweet as it can get. It is definitely worth the money.

What other potent SUVs are comparable to the Toyota Sequoia?

From the land of SUVs, there are about 3 or so cars that are a perfect rival to the Toyota Sequoia. With potent off-road prowess and efficient powertrains, the Land Rover Discovery, Chevrolet Tahoe, and the Ford Expedition are the direct rivals to the Sequoia.

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