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Few manufacturers have the reputation of Toyota, whether it's the reliability that's synonymous with the brand or the high resale value many of its vehicles possess. The current demand for SUVs is larger than ever, and competition brings out the desire to deliver the very best to consumers. And while the SUV has been scaled down in recent years to appeal to a much broader demographic, there's still a need for full-sized models that provide top-tier performance and hauling capabilities. For this niche, we offer the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia. Now in its third generation, Toyota has unveiled a fully-redesigned SUV that not only sees the Sequoia get a stylish makeover and updated technology but adds a new turbocharged hybrid powertrain that allows it to compete with some of the domestic brands that have dominated the industry for years. The result is a full-size SUV with incredible power, convenience, and efficiency. Just as it has done for several generations, Toyota gives consumers what they need.
The Tundra and Sequoia have a long history together. While both are integral parts of Toyota's fleet, they also share the same platform. This has been the case since Sequoia entered production for the 2001 model year. And while many attributes of the Sequoia have seldom changed over the years, the vehicle's third generation has vastly improved in terms of its powertrain.
The second generation of the Sequoia, introduced for the 2008 model year, was limited to a six-speed automatic transmission. And while this was undoubtedly serviceable, it consistently paled in comparison to the ten-speed transmissions offered by GM and Ford. The upgraded Toyota has gone with a ten-speed transmission of its own to compete with what the domestic brands are currently offering.
Like the redesigned 2022 Tundra, Toyota has gifted the new 2023 Sequoia with a 3.5L i-FORCE MAX hybrid V6 engine (optional in the Tundra but standard in the Sequoia). Limiting itself to one powertrain on paper might seem like a lack of variety. However, this is the type of engine the full-sized SUV benefits from in exciting ways. The 2023 Sequoia is "going electric." The 3.5L V6 is paired with an electric motor that generates a horsepower rating of 437 and 583 lb-ft of torque. These numbers are impressive, but the good news doesn't stop there.
The new generation of the Sequoia comes with an increased tow rating of 9,520 lbs. A considerable improvement from the previous generation's maximum of just 7,400 lbs. And the conservative fuel consumption offered by the gasoline-electric hybrid engine appears to be just as impressive. The estimated fuel economy figures for the 2023 Sequoia range up to 21 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway for a total of 22 MPG combined. For a full-size SUV to go this far on a single gallon of gas is quite remarkable. And considering the unpredictability of fuel costs, we think you're getting more for your money.
The previous incarnations of the Sequoia were not bland or unappealing. Past designs were more or less what one would expect a Toyota SUV to look like. They weren't eyesores, but they also weren't going to win any awards in terms of style. Thankfully, the re-styling issued for the new generation sees the Sequoia metamorphosis into a bold new vehicle. The redesigned exterior embraces the modern aesthetic that many SUVs are striving for. While bearing a similar likeness to the GMC Yukon and Jeep Wagoneer, Toyota knows how to craft its own identity. The new front grille combines sophistication and assertiveness, while the available 33-inch all-terrain tires make it known that it can still handle itself off the pavement and on it.
And while the exterior might have a Toyota nameplate, the interior far surpasses anything one might have expected from the manufacturer. Sitting behind the wheel of the Sequoia is far more reminiscent of a luxury model than one made for the average consumer. Anchoring the premium interior is an updated infotainment center with a touch screen that expands to 14 inches. This is equipped with the latest technology from Toyota, including smartphone integration and a wi-fi hotspot. Below is a wood-paneled center console that adds a hint of European luxury, something not generally associated with Toyota.
One unique feature of the vehicle's interior is its optional seating. Depending upon your preference, you can opt for a second-row bench seat or captains' chairs to elevate the level of sophistication. Upper trim levels have bonuses that are very creme-de-la-creme, including a panoramic sunroof and a high-grade 14-speaker stereo system. The wide range of variations equates to an SUV capable of adhering to the wants and needs of any driver. From the family-oriented consumer to the maverick who wants to make a bold statement in style, Sequoia can make all your dreams come true.
Because of their larger size and framework, SUVs have long been considered some of the safest vehicles on the road. So, what happens when Toyota, a manufacturer known for its efficiency and innovation, applies itself to providing safety and peace of mind to its drivers? The topic that accompanies any discussion regarding vehicles and what they offer in terms of safety is no longer a matter of what they offer but how accessible they are. When does being safe require a hefty price tag? Toyota certainly understands this method of thinking. This is why it has made a wide variety of safety features and driving assistance programs standard across all trim levels. In an age where these are being restricted to upper trim levels, Toyota keeps the average consumer in mind.
The biggest and best part of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia is Safety Sense 2.5. This suite of features is technological innovation made ready and available to those who decide to purchase the SUV. Here's what is included with this expansive suite.
Pedestrian and vehicle detection has been available features for the past few years. However, Toyota takes it a step further by including intersection support and emergency steering assist. This feature is designed to operate in instances where low light hinders visibility. Intersection support helps detect pedestrians or vehicles making a turn and will apply emergency braking in certain situations. This also includes emergency steering to help improve and regain your vehicle's stability when reacting to an emergency.
This state-of-the-art detection detects road markings whenever the vehicle is engaged at speeds that exceed 32 mph. Audio alerts and steering wheel vibration will let the driver know when and if there's any corrective action to be taken.
For those occasions where visibility is extremely limited, utilizing high beams is the only option. Toyota has implemented technology that allows for better vision but will also dim them in the event of oncoming traffic. This keeps you and other drivers safe when navigating with limited visibility.
Sometimes called adaptive cruise control by other manufacturers, Toyota brings technology to the forefront of safety again. This takes cruise control to a whole new level. This automatically manages your vehicle's speed depending on traffic patterns. We recommend that you keep a safe distance from other vehicles to maximize reaction time.
Both of these features work in conjunction with dynamic cruise control to monitor road markings and road signs you pass while driving. In some cases, alerts will be issued to the driver to inform them. Although these features are put in place to assist you while on the road, they in no way take the place of safe habits practiced by a professional driver.