Here’s why the 2023 Toyota Sequoia is the ultimate family SUV

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is by far the most talked about full-size SUV on the market; just after the Toyota RAV4. Being a three-row SUV that’s new from the ground up, Toyota’s aim is to invade the segment with its luxurious, tech-laden SUV that also scores points in the performance department, thanks to its new powertrain. effective hybrid.

The name ‘Sequoia’ comes from a massive, strong tree species, with a lifespan of almost 2000 years. It’s an appropriate name, given the Toyota we’re knocking on looks like a real American SUV until you look at its badge.

It’s also fitting since Toyota is renowned for durability, quality and reliability that very few cars/SUVs can match. Let’s see if it has what it takes to battle against the GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe and Nissan Armada.

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The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is a Japanese SUV with American charm

Block the badge and just look at the SUV – nobody could tell it’s a Toyota. It has the straight, crisp lines of an American SUV – and that’s a good thing, given that the Sequoia will cater to that market and add a lot of value to those who buy one.

The Sequoia has a grille big enough to intimidate small crossovers like the Toyota Corolla Cross, nicely detailed headlights and a muscular hood that the US market will fall in love with. The flared wheel arches are sure to win over buyers visiting Toyota dealerships, as they add a powerful presence to what is already a large SUV.

The width of the windshield and windows says a lot about what’s inside. The slab-like roof sends the message: there’s no way anything could happen to its occupants, no matter the impact. Towards the rear, again, it doesn’t look like any SUV in Toyota’s car lineup. There’s a simplicity to the rear that’s sympathetic, as well as the bold “SEQUOIA” lettering on the tailgate.

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is for the thrill-loving family

Several configurations are available for seating and cargo. Depending on the trim you choose, second-row occupants get either bench seats or captain’s chairs, and both recline for added comfort. These can be folded and swung forward if more cargo space is needed.

The best part for third-row passengers is the roomy reclining rear seat that folds down electrically, but what’s worth mentioning here is the exclusive sliding third-row with an adjustable cargo shelf system. It is the first SUV in this segment to have it.

Toyota hasn’t forgotten that the US market won’t buy a large SUV without its ability to tow trailers, boats and RVs, so the Sequoia comes with a maximum towing capacity of 9,000 pounds; it’s a significant leap from its previous generation model.

When we think of towing, we think of the Land Rover Discovery Sport pulling bogies and planes, as it was a way for the British marque to promote its performance SUV. With the Toyota Sequoia, one can imagine the SUV doing similar things effortlessly.

It comes with a Tow Tech package, available on all trims, but comes standard on the TRD Pro and Capstone. It even has Straight Lane Assist which helps maintain steering control, helping to keep the trailer straight, especially when reversing.

The Sequoia gets a new feature in the form of “Drive Mode Select”. It offers several driving modes, depending on the choice of the driver and the situation that requires it. Eco, Normal and Sport are standard settings, plus you get Load-Leveling Rear Height Control Air Suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension settings that add more ride modes to the mix, like Comfort, Sport S+ and Custom .

When using Sport or Sport S+ settings, the i-Force Max powertrain uses the quick responsiveness of the electric motor. The electric motor does most of the work at low speeds, but after 18 mph the petrol engine kicks in to deliver the best performance.

Plus, the Sequoia shouldn’t be a curse to park as it has plenty of cameras that mirror the view on the 14-inch touchscreen, showing off the exterior angles. Even the digital display backup camera comes in handy.

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I-Force Max Power for the 2023 Toyota Sequoia

In its third-generation avatar, the Sequoia is powered by a twin-turbocharged i-Force Max hybrid V6 powertrain. It’s the same engine that powers the Toyota Tundra, the hybrid unit produces 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the engine, a 10-speed automatic gearbox allows the engine to make the most of all the performance and efficiency of course.

With the latest Sequoia, Toyota promises better performance than the old model. Customers can have their Sequoias with 2WD or part-time 4WD on SR5, Limited, Platinum and Capstone trims. You can choose between 2WD, 4WD high or 4WD low via a lever on the center console.

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is a sure shot to success

The newest Sequoia is, by far, the best-generation model to date. It’s an SUV that knows it’s an SUV – and is fully aware that it faces fierce competition. In addition to being popular in the United States, it has the makings of a global winner.

Source: Toyota

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