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2023 Toyota Sequoia Revealed
Toyota has unveiled its all-new 2023 Sequoia SUV for global markets. A 3.5-liter iForce Max twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid engine powers Toyota’s full-size SUV.
The new model is based on the same body-on-frame architecture as the Toyota Tundra 2022 and weighs about 9,000 pounds (4082 kg), a 22 percent increase over the previous model.
Here are the major highlights of 2023 Toyota Sequoia:
- The iForce MAX hybrid powertrain is standard, and it features a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 that delivers 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.
- It will be available in the summer in SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone variants, with prices starting at roughly $50,000.
- The Toyota Sequoia is a full-size 3-row SUV that shares many components with the Tundra pickup truck from 2022.
Body & Aesthetic
In comparison to the Tundra, the Sequoia’s grille is slightly smaller. It’s around 10% smaller than the truck’s because it’s not a single-frame design, but the remainder of the front end, including the headlights, is shared with the pickup.
As a result, the best view of the Sequoia is from the back three quarters, which shows the thin taillights that complement the front lights. Lunar Rock and Supersonic Red are two exterior color options.
Toyota updates its classic body-on-frame vehicles with cutting-edge technology such as:
- Coil-sprung rear suspensions.
- More fuel-efficient powertrains.
- Giant touchscreens.
The new 2022 Tundra full-size pickup arrived first, aiming to take a larger share of the full-size pickup market dominated by Ford, Chevy, and Ram, and now the new 2023 Sequoia full-size SUV has arrived with similar upgrades. But, unfortunately, it’s also only available as a hybrid.
Towing & Engine Specs
Unlike the Tundra, which has a nonhybrid twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 engine, the Sequoia has the iForce MAX hybrid system as standard.
Between the twin-turbo V-6 and the 10-speed automatic transmission is an electric motor powered by a 1.5-kWh nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. This combination generates 437 horsepower and up to 790 Nm of torque.
Toyota has yet to release fuel economy figures for the Sequoia and Tundra hybrids; however, Sequoias can tow up to 9000 pounds.
This is 600 pounds greater than Chevy Tahoe’s maximum towing capacity, but it’s less than the Ford Expedition and Jeep Wagoneer’s.
A towing technology package includes a trailer backup guide towing mirrors, and a surround-view camera to aid in hauling.
The Sequoia inherits the improvements made to the Tundra’s interior.
The SR5 model has an 8.0-inch touchscreen as standard, but a larger 14.0-inch touchscreen is available as an option on that trim and is standard on the remainder of the lineup.
A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The third-row bench seat may slide up to six inches and fold down to fit into an adjustable cargo shelf, and the second-row bench or captain’s chairs are available.
The Sequoia will be available in two- or four-wheel drive variants with the SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone (a fully loaded, luxury edition initially debuted on the Tundra) trim levels when it goes on sale this summer.
The SR5 variant comes with a TRD Sport package that includes black TRD wheels, Bilstein dampers, and other TRD touches.
The TRD off-road kit adds a locking rear differential, Bilstein dampers, black 18-inch TRD wheels, Multi-Terrain Select off-road drives modes, off-road cruise control to the Sequoia SR5 Limited versions.
In San Antonio, Texas, Toyota’s facility will produce the Toyota Sequoia alongside the Tundra in 2023.
The base Capstone model is projected to cost roughly $50,000, with the fully loaded Capstone model costing around $70,000.