2020 Toyota Sequoia

2020 MODEL
$49,980 - $69,245
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 2, 2020
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The Toyota Sequoia has been working around in the SUV market without any fresh changes or new addition. Notedly, it can still be seen wearing the Tundra-based body-on-frame design and extracting power from the same 5.7-liter V8, paired with the same six-speed automatic transmission.

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Pros

One of the best in class in terms of cargo area 

Rides comfortably over bumps

Flexible seating for up to eight passengers

Amazing off-road capability 

Cons

Poor fuel economy

Audio controls and front central cupholders are placed far from reach

What's New?

Latest suspension for better off-road experience

New TRD Pro trim added 

New touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49905

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

346 cu.in.

horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

401 lbs.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

122 in.

length

205.1 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

77 in.

curb weight

5730 lbs.

ground clearance

9.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

120.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

7400 lbs.

payload capacity

1370 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/17 mpg

ev range

343.2 mi.

highway range

448.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

2020 Toyota Sequoia in blizzard pearl color 2020 Toyota Sequoia in Magnetic Gray Metallic color 2020 Toyota Sequoia in Midnight Black color 2020 Toyota Sequoia in Shoreline Blue Pearl color
blizzard pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.4

Interior

7.4

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Toyota Sequoia SR5

SR5

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
14 combined

$49,980 - $53,205


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $49,980 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic rear wheel drive 8
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $53,205 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic four wheel drive 8

2020 Toyota Sequoia Limited

Limited

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
14 combined

$58,990 - $62,215


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $62,215 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic four wheel drive 8
Limited 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $58,990 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic rear wheel drive 8

2020 Toyota Sequoia Platinum

Platinum

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
14 combined

$66,020 - $69,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $69,245 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic four wheel drive 7
Platinum 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $66,020 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-Speed ECT Automatic rear wheel drive 7

Expert Review

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Now as the Sequoia enters into the coming year, the addition of brand new 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility is bliss. Some of the optional safety features like Safety Sense-P system are now standard on all Sequoias, offering adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning. Also, the Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard.

In order to give Toyota Sequoia a tough attire, the Japanese carmaker has come up with an exclusive TRD Pro trim that boosts its off-road presence. The TRD Pro seems to be roaring on all kinds of terrains with upgraded Fox shocks, skid plates, and cool blacked-out emblems. Additionally, there's good ground clearance, and this true body-on-frame platform makes it a tough competition.

2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV Front View
2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV Side View

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7.4/10
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Features

7.4/10

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia comes in five trim levels: SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Pro, Limited, and Platinum. All trims are powered by a 5.7-liter V8 (381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All Sequoia’s have Rear-wheel drive as standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. The SR5 and Limited models are capable to take eight passengers, while the second-row captain's chairs on the TRD Sport, TRD Pro, and the Platinum offer to seat for seven passengers.

Trims SR5 TRD Sport Limited Platinum
MSRP (RWD) $49,905 $52,620 $58,915 $65,945
MSRP (4WD) $53130 $64,030 $62140 $69170
Key Features Integrated LED fog lights with dark-silver surround Adds/Upgrades to SR5 Adds/Upgrades to TRD Sport Adds/Upgrades to Limited
  18-inch alloy wheels 20-in. TRD Sport black alloy wheels  20-in. alloy wheels 20-in. diamond-cut-finish alloy wheels
  LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature Integrated LED fog lights with chrome surround Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink universal transceiver Outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down and memory feature,  turn signal indicators and puddle lights
  LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with auto on/off feature Chrome grille surround with gloss-black insert and accent Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and 7-in. touch-screen display  Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation, JBL
w/Clari-Fi2, and 7.0-in. touch-screen display
  Chrome grille surround with dark-silver insert and accent Lower bumper opening with chrome surround Power liftgate with jam protection Chrome grille surround with chrome insert and accent
  Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors Gloss-black heated power outside mirrors Chrome auto-dimming heated power outside mirrors with power folding feature and turn signal indicators Chrome auto-dimming heated power outside mirrors with power-folding and memory features
  Multi-function center console with two
front and two rear cup holders
TRD Sport performance-tuned Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers Leather-trimmed and heated front seats and 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat Perforated leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats and 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power thigh and lumbar support

We Recommend

If you plan on doing some serious off-roading in your three-row family hauler, check out the Sequoia TRD Sport or TRD Pro models. But for everyone else, we'd recommend the base SR5 Sequoia with the optional Premium package. You get all the Sequoia's standard equipment such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, as well as the optional stuff such as heated front seats and integrated navigation.

2020 Toyota Sequoia Engine and Performance

The Sequoia is available only with a 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive. Although the Sequoia is built upon a pickup-truck chassis, it still features a rear suspension with a modern design. While it adequately isolated us from the extreme bumps, too many shakes and noise entered the cabin when driven on uneven terrain.

Models

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv*

MSRP

$49,905

$53,295

$49,195

$86,060

$53,425

$56,695

$60,945

Engine

5.7L Naturally Aspirated V8 

3.0L Intercooled Supercharger V6

5.3L Gas/Ethanol V8

5.7L Regular Unleaded V8

3.5L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V6

2.0L Inline-4

3.0L Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V6

Drivetrain RWD FWD RWD FWD RWD AWD AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

381@5,600

340 hp@ 6500

355@5,600

381@5,600

375@5,000

316@5,700

329@5,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

401@3,600

332@3,500

383@4,100

401@3,600

470@3,500

295@2,200

325@2,900

* Used for 2019 MY for references Porposes

The Toyota Sequoia produces a similar amount of horsepower as some of its prominent rivals but the six-speed transmission feels smooth but it hardly helps the Sequoia in improving the fuel efficiency, especially when compared to 10-speed transmission units found in Chevrolet Tahoe or the Ford Expedition.

How fast is it comparatively?

This SUV can take you from 0 to 60 in just 7.1 seconds which is pretty good, taking the size into consideration. The engine of the Toyota Sequoia can never feel tired when passing slower traffic. The huge powertrain is useful in rough terrain and provides enough torque to climb steep hills.

2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV covers 0-60 in 7.1 sec

Models

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.1

7.8 

6.7 

6.7 

6.2 

6.1

7.1 

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.3

16.1 

15.2 

15.1 

14.8 

N/A

14.2

Top Speed (MPH) N/A 145 N/A N/A 120 131 155

Engine

5.7L Naturally Aspirated V8 

3.0L Intercooled Supercharger V6

5.3L Gas/Ethanol V8

5.7L Regular Unleaded V8

3.5L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V6

2.0L Inline-4

3.0L Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.7

9.8

10.4

11.7

9.3

7.7

8.4

The Toyota Sequoia runs neck to neck with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition in 0 to 60 runs while Discovery stands at last because of the lower displacement.

What about the driving dynamics?

The steering is light and feels less connected to the main shaft at times. Although the handling is precise with heavy feel at lower speeds. The suspension upgrade allows the SUV to absorb smaller bumps quite well. On a different note, the TRD models have firmer support. 

What about the Braking performance of 2020 Toyota Sequoia?

The Sequoia's brake pedal is easy to modulate after initial inputs. The TRD Pro model is a good off-road trim as it offers a lifted suspension, beefy shock absorbers, and exclusive wheels with meatier tires.

2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV has a Front Brake of 13.9 in.

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Brake Rotors Front (in)

13.9

14.3

13.0

13.9

13

13.6

14.8

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

13.6

13.8

13.6

13.6

13.5

12.6

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

5730

4751

5355

5815

5443

4771

4927

60-0 MPH (ft)

130

123

121

121

121

113

117

The Toyota Sequoia has the worst braking distance because of its higher curb weight and stops at longish 130 feet’s.

How much does the Toyota Sequoia tow?

The wonderful V8 is rated to tow up to 7,400 pounds which is less than most of the rivals. It is well suited for small trailers and boats. Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) is designed in such a way that the brake pedals feel light and execute optimum pressure on individual wheels, also maintaining the trailer control. 

2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV has a 7400 pounds of Towing Capacity

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Towing Capacity (lbs)

7400

7400

8600

7400

9300

9300

7300

2020 Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy

The Sequoia hold a great love for gasoline, that is. While many of its full-size friends also have a needed thirst for fossil fuels, the Toyota offers worst EPA estimates and real-world fuel economy in the industry. The Sequoia returns 17 mpg on highway fuel-economy and 13 mpg in the city. 

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

MPG (City)

13

16

15

13

17

19

19

MPG (Highway)

17

21

22

18

24

26

25

MPG (Combined)

15

18

18

15

20

22

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.8

23.5

26.0

24.6

23.3

18.8

22.5

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

322/412/342

376/494/423

390/572/468

320/443/369

396/559/466

357/489/413

428/563/472.5

2020 Toyota Sequoia Interior

7.4/10

The cheap-looking plastics and shabby controls still continue to get into the Sequoia's cabin. The bigger-is-better knobs and conspicuous buttons are undeniably functional, though. Still, it has some of the modern facilities mission comparatively. People looking for a durable interior will love how the carmaker has added options to the Sequoia. Moreover, there’s something to cheer about, the plentiful passenger space with comfy legroom in all three rows.

2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV's Rear Seats

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Seating Capacity

8

5

8

8

5

7

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

38.3/61.0/42.9

42.0/64.9/43.9

38.9/57.7/40.9

39.9/59.5/41.7

Rear Row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.5/65.7/35.3

39.0/59.5/37.6

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.9/61.1/34.4

40.0/64.8/41.5

38.5/56.5/37.0

38.8/58.5/38.8

Does it come loaded with Tech on the inside?

2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV's Dashboard

The 2020 Sequoia lineup comes installed with the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Toyota finally introduces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to the table after a long time. This is meant to be a much-awaited update in order to keep itself in-line with the competition and make both smartphone-friendly features standard. The Sequoia also offers Wi-Fi hotspot, which works with an initial trial based subscription. A rear-seat entertainment system gets an upgraded JBL audio system.

What about utility?

The Sequoia held a healthy amount of carry-on luggage behind the third row and with rear seats stowed. This is noteworthy because the Toyota doesn't have an extended version for increased cargo capacity as some rivals such as the GMC Yukon XL and the Ford Expedition Max. It also has enough interior cubby storage to moonlight as a mobile yard sale.

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

18.9

43.5

15.3

16.1

19.3

15.8

14.8

Creature Comforts on offer?

  • Multi-Information Display (MID) with outside temperature, instant/average fuel economy and distance to empty
  • Easy-clean fabric-trimmed front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • Leather-trimmed 40/20/40 split, sliding, reclining
  • 19 fold-flat second-row seat with one-touch access to the third-row seat
  • Multi-function remote keyless entry system with remote illuminated entry
  • Power windows with driver and front passenger one-touch auto up/down and jam protection
  • Power rear window with auto up/down, jam protection and defogger
  • Second- and third-row retractable window sunshades
  • Power door locks with shift-linked automatic lock/ unlock feature
  • Cargo area 12V auxiliary power outlet and grocery bag hooks
  • Dual extendable sun visors with vanity mirrors
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

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 Sequoia has the largest dimensions and outdoes the $85,000 Landcruiser in terms of size. The short front and rear overhangs allow you to climb steep angles with ease and long wheelbase accounts for a spacious interior.

2020 Toyota Sequoia SUV's 3 Quarter View

Model

Toyota Sequoia

Land Rover Discovery SE suv

Chevrolet Tahoe LS suv

Toyota Land Cruiser suv

Ford Expedition XLT suv

Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum suv

Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI Premium Quattro suv

Curb Weight (lbs)

5730

4751

5355

5815

5443

4771

4927

Length (in)

205.1

195.7

204.0

194.9

210.0

194.9

199.6

Width (in)

79.9

81.6

80.5

78.0

79.9

79.1

77.5

Height (in)

77.0

73.0

74.4

74.0

76.6

69.9

68.5

Ground Clearance (in)

9.9

8.7

7.9

8.9

9.8

9.4

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

122.0

115.0

116.0

112.2

122.5

117.5

117.9

What are those Eye-Catching features?

  • LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature
  • Lower bumper opening with dark-silver surround
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • 18-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels with P275/65R18 114T tires
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers and intermittent rear wiper
  • One-touch 3-blink turn signal indicators
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Privacy glass on rear side, quarter and liftgate windows
  • Power liftgate with jam protection
  • Darkened rear taillight bezel
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2020 Toyota Sequoia Safety

  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags and all-row side curtain airbags
  • Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt warning sensor
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/ Emergency Locking Retractor on all passenger belts
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors on all second-row seats and tether anchors on all second-row seats and center third-row seat
  • Child-protector rear door locks and power window lockout
  • The front energy-absorbing crumple zone
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Energy-dissipating interior trim
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Two-position power memory driver’s seat and memory outside mirrors
  • Front and rear parking assist sonar
  • Trailer-Sway Control

2020 Toyota Sequoia Competition

Toyota Sequoia vs. Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition comes with a full suite of safety features just like Toyota Sequoia’s Safety Sense system. In terms of cabin space, both the vehicles are well provided, but ford is a bit more sporty and performer when it comes to daily activities, also wearing modern interior. It also excels in the fuel economy part and the Sequoia is disappointing. 

2020 Ford Expedition

Toyota Sequoia vs. Chevrolet Tahoe

Similar to the Sequoia, the Chevy Tahoe also adapts a body-on-frame design layout that offers better towing capacity and cargo area. The Tahoe lacks the simple maneuver in tight spaces, unlike the Toyota Sequoia. 

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Toyota Sequoia Final Verdict

Despite bringing in the latest additions, the Toyota Sequoia is unable to please its long term fans. Competitors like Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition have been redesigned in order to provide better compatibility for buyer demands. Shoppers who are looking for a full-size three-row SUV with sufficient updates must try out the all-new Sequoia.

2020 Toyota Sequoia Overall Reviews


Jason C. Baker

Jason C. Baker 2020 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)

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User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 8, 2020

Sequoia is the best

Overall Review -

8

Overview Rating

Great vehicle

9/10

Features

8/10

Interior

7/10

Design

10/10

Safety

10/10

Reliability

10/10

Deal Value

10/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


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User Overall Rating

"Sequoia is the best"

I love this vehicle. Everything is great except gas mileage. Let’s be real, it is thirsty. In a world increasingly conscious about fuel consumption it is at odds with the world. I wish it was not and had better gas mileage.
by Jason C. Baker