SEATTLE — Toyota’s largest family hauler, the Sequoia, is bigger and more loaded than ever. This 2019 model year continues on the legacy of what has made the Sequoia a favorite for those seeking a full-sized SUV.
Tipping the scales are nearly 6,000 pounds, the 2019 Sequoia is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which is good for 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission feels solid as it provides smooth transitions between shifts. Its EPA rating for fuel economy is 13 miles per gallon in the city and up to 16 on the highway. During our week with it, we averaged 14.5 mpg. You’ll have a towing capacity of up to 7,400 pounds.
Still looking the same:
Its exterior hasn’t really changed since its revamp in 2008 and that seems to be just dandy with its buyers. There is certainly a masculine, bulky look to the Sequoia which makes it look like it can handle a lot of various chores. From those grocery store runs to mild-off road fun with its 10-inches of ground clearance. There’s not much you can’t do in the Sequoia. The TRD Sport version gives you those swanky-looking 20-inch black wheels, upgraded suspension and an under-engine skid plate.
Step inside. Space in here for days:
There is a ton of room inside the Sequoia. Our test vehicle was equipped with the four captain’s chairs with enough seating room for seven. It’s one of the few vehicles we’ve tested that has enough room for adults at each seating location. Even the third row is reasonably comfortable. Additionally, rear passengers also have their own DC power outlet and climate control.
Front seats are heated and provide ample support for bolster as well. You’ll find a plethora of cup-holders all over the place. One of the benefits of owning a large SUV is its cargo capacity and to that point, you’ll have around 120 cubic feet available with both the second and third rows folded down. Put up the second row and it drops to 66 cubic feet and finally around 19 cubic feet with both rows up. On the surprising side, there’s no available power for the rear lift gate. Manual only.
The elephant in the room is the older tech inside. The infotainment system is grossly outdated with only a 6.5-inch display, one USB port and a back-up camera that isn’t very useful due to the size of the screen. There’s no Android-Auto or Apple CarPlay here, simply support for CD/MP3/AM/FM/XM and Bluetooth Audio. It’s easy to say that things in this department are quite long in the tooth and severely overdue for an overhaul. Having said that, however, the JBL-powered audio system has excellent playback and fidelity.
On the road, you’ll find there’s a very quiet and comfortable ride quality. It handles bumps with ease and doesn’t have excessive body roll around hard corners. In fact, the Sequoia’s forte is that of a people mover. There are few vehicles anywhere that’ll move up to eight passengers with as much roominess and such a comfortable ride as the 2019 Sequoia does.
What we have at the end of the day is an SUV that, in spite of some upgrades to make it feel more current with the times, is still a solid vehicle. If you’re not too concerned about its dated infotainment system and dashboard layout, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most spacious cabins around with plenty of power, good towing capacity and Toyota’s reliability. Priced around the $60k mark, you’ll find the Sequoia is still a very competitive offering when looking at its competitors.