The Toyota has quite a few contenders in SUV and crossover segment and they all enjoy a fair amount of popularity among users. However, the Toyota Sequoia is the only choice when you want a full sized SUV that serves the purpose of a family car. Based on the company’s popular Tundra pickup truck, the Sequoia is a massive sized vehicle and it is quite sturdy. It sits somewhere between the Toyota 4Runner and more premium Land Cruiser. The Toyota Sequoia 2017 is aimed at rivals like Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Ford Expedition. For 2017, the Sequoia has been given some enhancements. It still remains the largest SUV from stable of Toyota till date.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious Interior Design
It is not hard to spot the 2017 Sequoia from other cars on the road. It has a muscular brawny look. The traces of a truck like gravity are there. Sharp lines and angles are there but corners are a little rounded. The chrome treated grille and headlamps are enhanced for the new model. The style looks a little dated when you compare it is by side with contenders like the GMC Yukon or Chevy Suburban but it does not look shabby either. All models get Multi-reflector halogen headlights , Windshield wiper de-icer and slide moonroof with sunshade. There is a roof rack for carrying large stuff on top. The 2017 Toyota Sequoia comes in 3 trims- SR5, Limited, and Platinum.
Interior and Safety features:
The cabin of 2017 Toyota Sequoia is well built and decent but you cannot call it lavish. It does not look cheap in any way either. The cabin can be availed for 8 passengers or 7 passenger seating. Both the 2nd and third row of seats can be reclined. The third row of seats is not cramped but tall adults may feel space crunch. The Entune touchscreen controls are placed in a way that the driver has to reach out for them by learning. In fact, you will have to install the app on your Smartphone before you can access the features. When all seats are set up on default mode, you get just 18.9 cubic feet cargo space and this equals its arch rival, the Ford Expedition and slightly less than Chevy Tahoe. However, by folding the last row of seats, cargo space shoots up to a generous 6.6 cubic feet. Apart from that, there are 16 bottle and cup holders in the cabin. Automatic three-zone climate control ensures smooth and comfortable ride experience. The touch screen display is available for controlling entertainment features and it is compatible Bluetooth.The 2017 Toyota Sequoia comes loaded with plenty of amenities and safety features, indeed. All models get features like Cruise control, remote keyless entry system, Privacy glass and power outside mirrors. The SR5 can be equipped with a Sports package and a Premium package. This brings some of the features available in the Platinum trim.The Limited trim is fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming outside mirrors, power liftgate and rear parking sensors. It also gets leather-trimmed doors, rearview camera display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and navigation system. It can be fitted with a Safety and Convenience package which adds blind spot monitoring. Options include 14-speaker JBL audio system and a 9-inch rear seat entertainment system. The Platinum trim comes with adaptive air suspension, adaptive cruise control, ventilated front seats and premium JBL audio system. It also gets an 115V AC power outlet at back. Safety features common across all trims are integrated fog lights, Daytime Running Lights and Star Safety System of 2017 Toyota Sequoia. It comprises of Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Traction Control, Smart Stop Technology and Brake Assist. The Tire Pressure Monitor System is also present in all trims and it alerts the driver when any of the tires become underinflated. The default set of airbags is also there as is the Anti-theft system. Overall, the safety features are quite good but finicky buyers will point out the lack of advanced features like forward collision warning and pedestrian detection which feature in the models from rival contenders.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Main Power Production Unit
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia comes fitted with a powerful 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 DOHC engine that generates 381 hp. The engine does not struggle to accelerate even with full load. It adheres to Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II standard. The car has Toyota’s Automatic Limited-Slip Differential mechanism which improves traction on slippery roads. The 6-speed automatic Transmission is mated to the engine. It reaches 0 to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. You can opt for either 4WD or rear wheel drive. The cabin stays silent during the ride, most of the times. However, it scores pretty averagely in fuel economy compared to category rivals.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Price and Expected Release Date
The entry level model of 2017 Toyota Sequoia may cost close to $46,000 though equipping with packages will raise the price. The range-topping Platinum costs $66000 at default configuration. It will start selling in late 2016, as per the industry updates. The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is a decent and well performing large sized SUV that is ideal for medium to large families. It packs in a rugged body and spacious interior. The cabin may not be replete with luxury but the focus is on usability and practicality. Storage space is aplenty and the ride is very comfortable. While engine option is limited, the engine and Toyota’s technologies help the car glide over difficult terrains without many problems. It is also powerful enough to carry a loaded vehicle with 8 persons without any compromise. Where the 2017 Toyota Sequoia loses out to rivals from stables of GM and Ford, is design and features. The design of 2017 Toyota Sequoia, while not dull, has started looking dated. The safety and infotainment features are good but here the rival offerings score a little better. Fuel economy is another area where Sequoia trails behind the lot. However, for its price and performance, the 2017 Toyota Sequoia still has enough appeal for buyers who care less about features and prefer good value for money in a car.