The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is a full-size, three-row SUV that compares well to the competition in most measures, offering impressive cargo capacity and a robust, truck-like tow rating. Providing seating for up to eight passengers, the Sequoia places its emphasis on power and versatility.
Toyota’s Sequoia is sold in three trims: SR5, Limited and Platinum. A V8 engine is standard on all models, and all are available with four-wheel drive.
Following a technology update for 2016, the Sequoia is unchanged for the 2017 model year.
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia’s exterior is notable for its clean, contoured lines and bold, chrome-accented grille. From all perspectives, the Sequoia presents sheet metal that looks blocky and substantial. Standard running boards facilitate easy access, and roof racks allow the SUV to accommodate gear for weekend outdoor retreats. Base models come with 18-inch wheels.
The list of standard features includes heated exterior mirrors, a power moonroof, daytime running lights and front fog lights. Limited and Platinum trims are upgraded with power-folding side mirrors and a power-opening rear liftgate, as well as chrome door handles and separate 20-inch wheel designs.
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia provides a spacious cabin environment. The standard seating configuration accommodates eight passengers, but an optional second-row captain’s chair (standard on Platinum models) reduces passenger capacity to seven. Cargo capacity behind the third row stands at 18.9 cubic feet, and this expands to 66.6 cubic feet with the third row folded. With the second row folded, cargo capacity swells to 120.1 cubic feet.
Standard amenities for the Sequoia lineup include tri-zone climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, power windows and door locks, a 40/20/40-split folding second-row seat that slides and reclines and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The list of available features includes leather upholstery and a heated and ventilated front row.
The 2017 Sequoia offers a single powertrain that relies on a 5.7-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, and it provides a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. The Sequoia’s V8 has an EPA rating of 13/17 mpg city/highway. To handle off-road conditions, the SUV can be ordered with a multi-mode four-wheel-drive system with a lockable, Torsen limited-slip center differential. Platinum models come standard with an adaptive variable suspension system and an electronically modulated air suspension.
The Sequoia provides a reasonable lineup of technology amenities. Base models come with Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a USB port, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera and a sound system with a CD player. The list of available upgrades includes front and rear parking sensors, an integrated navigation system, blind spot monitoring, a premium JBL sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-ray-Disc player, 9-inch display and two sets of wireless headphones.