All-New, All Hybrid
Toyota has added one other mannequin to its ever growing steady of electrified autos with the all-new 2023 Sequoia now solely hybrid powered. Utterly redesigned, the Sequoia is on the market in 5 trims—SR5, Restricted, Platinum, TRD Professional and Capstone. With a brand new powertrain, exterior and inside design, infotainment interface and elevated effectivity, the 2023 Sequoia will proceed to be a well-liked alternative for these needing a full-size SUV.
Clear Fleet Report was invited to Toyota’s U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas, the primary week of June to be among the many first to drive the all-new 2023 Sequoia. This Flash Drive evaluate will contact on the options of this very succesful SUV. We are going to do a full Street Check within the coming months, reviewing the Sequoia intimately, together with actual world gasoline economic system.
Energy and Effectivity
All 5 trims of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia include a 10-speed electronically managed computerized transmission with sequential shift, tow and haul driving modes, in addition to drive modes of Eco, Regular and Sport. The ability comes from the I-Drive Max twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Gasoline economic system numbers haven’t been introduced, however the identical gasoline-hybrid energy plant within the Toyota Tundra pickup will get 20 mpg metropolis/24 freeway/22 mixed.
The I-Drive Max engine was easy and highly effective with the moment torque from the electrical motor. Toyota’s parallel hybrid system mechanically switches between the electrical drive mode, mixed electrical motor and gasoline engine, and gasoline-only engine energy. At low speeds (beneath 18 miles per hour) the Sequoia hybrid can roll alongside in electric-only mode, however shortly provides the gasoline engine while you step on the accelerator, returning to EV mode while you elevate off the pedal. You gained’t discover any of those transitions because the system is as easy as silk.
The 2023 Sequoia is easy-to-drive with its balanced trip coming from the totally boxed body that it shares with the Toyota Tundra, Land Cruiser and Lexus LX. Toyota says “the core goal of this platform is to supply glorious dealing with, supreme consolation and spectacular functionality.” Relying on the Sequoia mannequin, wheels are both 18, 20 or 22 inches and are shod with all-season tires, besides the TRD fashions that get both Falken Wildpeak or Michelin LTX all-terrain tires.
Whether or not on the freeway, nation roads or in metropolis site visitors the electrical energy steering made turn-ins correct. The impartial double-wishbone entrance (besides on the TRD Professional), and multi-link with coil springs rear suspension (gone are leaf springs) resulted in a managed trip and steady stops. For much more consolation you may get a load-leveling rear air suspension and an adaptive variable suspension.
The Sequoia Hybrid has a regenerative braking system that converts kinetic vitality into electrical vitality, and shops it within the 1.87 kilowatt-hour battery. That battery turns out to be useful throughout heavy acceleration or pulling a trailer up an extended grade, one thing a non-hybrid powerplant can’t supply.
Toyota gave us time on an off-road course with some up-and-down sections, a water characteristic and an open dust monitor. We went off-roading within the Sequoia Restricted with 20-inch alloy wheels and 265/60 all-season tires. We had an satisfying expertise, however presumably it could have been enhanced if we tackled the course within the TRD Professional or SR5 TRD Off-Street fashions, which have extra aggressive all-terrain tires. But it surely didn’t matter, with the 8.6-inches of floor clearance and the torque from the hybrid system, we simply attacked the ruts, rocks and dirt. The Sequoia offered confidence that ought to fulfill most delicate off-road wants.
The turbocharged V6 hybrid system has a most tow ranking of 9,520 kilos. The Tow Expertise Package deal, which is commonplace on the Platinum, TRD Professional and Capstone, features a digital show rearview mirror and trailer backup information with Straight Path Help. Energy extending tow mirrors are non-obligatory. Clear Fleet Report had the chance to drive the Sequoia whereas pulling a 6,500-pound boat and trailer. As could be anticipated, the torque and towing functionality dealt with it with ease.
The Sequoia had sturdy acceleration, with 0-60 mph occasions of seven.7 seconds, which is spectacular for a full-size SUV weighing-in between 5,620 and 6,185 kilos (relying on the mannequin and whether it is 2WD or 4WD).
New Look: Exterior
The Sequoia nonetheless appears like a Sequoia, however there are noticeable variations from the outgoing mannequin. Developed at design facilities in Newport Seashore, CA, and Ann Arbor, MI, Toyota says the Sequoia wanted to “dwell as much as its highly effective and legendary namesake, (with a) head-turning new look, (and) luxurious consolation.”
Let’s begin with the grille, which by any description is massive and never delicate, however tells the world the Sequoia is to be taken severely. Relying on the mannequin, the peak ranges from 74.2-inches to 77.7-inches; width, 79.6 inches; and size, 208.1-inches.
All trim ranges get LED head and fog lights. The rear, with “S-E-Q-U-O-I-A” spelled out in massive letters within the energy tailgate, has LED taillights on all trims with the highest trims getting sequential flip indicators.
The colour palette consists of White, Wind Chill Pearl, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Supersonic Crimson, Smoked Mesquite, Military Inexperienced, Lunar Rock, Blueprint and Photo voltaic Octane.
New Look: Inside
The redesigned inside has a easy and well-laid-out sprint with the dominant characteristic a 14-inch touchscreen in higher trim ranges. An 8-inch touchscreen is commonplace, however choosing the bigger display screen will make your seat time extra satisfying. Whereas the pinch, scroll and contact options labored nicely with little lag, Toyota encourages you to develop an in depth relationship along with your Sequoia. If you wish to do one thing, merely say “Hey, Good day, Hello or Okay, Toyota!” These instructions begin the method of discovering new locations within the navigation, trying to find a track by way of Apple Music, or performing capabilities contained in the cabin.
Every of the 5 trim ranges has a unique look to the inside, from the bottom SR5 to the premium Capstone. The SR5 will get fabric seats with SofTex artificial leather-based as an choice; the Restricted and TRD Professional get SofTex commonplace; the Platinum will get leather-trimmed; and the Capstone will get semi-aniline leather-based trimmed seats.
All trim ranges have energy adjustable and heated seats, with some trim ranges getting air flow. The rear seats are additionally heated within the greater trim ranges. With so many choices and packages to make the Sequoia inside the way you need it, take the time to do your analysis on-line on the vendor.
There are three audio choices of Audio, Audio Plus and Premium Audio, the latter is the JBL system with 14 audio system, together with a subwoofer and amplifier. This produced glorious sound for the FM/HDAM and SiriusXM that’s included for 90 days. The system was straightforward to make use of, however having a channel knob to accompany the quantity knob would have made it extra handy. The system has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi Join with a one-month trial interval that features as much as 3 GB. There are USB ports entrance and rear and 12-Volt energy retailers.
The cockpit design is driver-friendly with all gauges, together with the hybrid administration system, in straightforward sight and the controls in straightforward attain. The cabin programs embrace a 10-inch head-up show, a 12.3-inch digital gauge data display screen, panoramic view and multi-terrain screens, backup digicam with projected path, three-zone computerized local weather management, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel that accommodates audio phone and voice controls, wi-fi smartphone charging and a digital rearview mirror with HomeLink.
The 2023 Sequoia is well-equipped with the trio of Superior Driver Help Programs (ADAS) of the Star Security System, Toyota Security Sense and Security Join. Energetic and passive security options embrace eight air luggage, automobile stability and traction management and brake help. The superior driver pre-collision expertise consists of lane departure alert, dynamic radar cruise management and pedestrian detection. Extra security options embrace distant keyless entry, push button begin/cease and a tire strain monitoring system.
Because it’s a brand new mannequin, the 2023 Sequoia has not but been security rated by the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS).
Pricing, Availability and Warranties
Full pricing for the 2023 Toyota Sequoia has not been launched, however the beginning MSRP is $58,300. The all-new Tundra needs to be in sellers by late summer season 2022.
The 2023 Sequoia comes with these warranties:
- Battery – 10 years/150,000 miles
- Hybrid Elements – Eight years/100,000 miles
- Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 miles
- Complete – Three years/36,000 miles
- Upkeep Plan – Two years/25,000 miles
- Corrosion Perforation – Two years/Limitless miles
- Roadside Help – Two years/25,000 miles
Observations: 2023 Toyota Sequoia
In-built San Antonio, Texas, on the identical meeting plant because the all-new 2022 Tundra pickup, Toyota will probably be getting the third-generation Sequoia to sellers in late summer season 2022.
The Toyota Sequoia competes in opposition to the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe and the Nissan Armada, however is the one hybrid, will attraction to these in search of a extra environment friendly, comfy full-size SUV for household journeys or simply working round city.
The comfy trip and environment friendly hybrid powertrain will match proper in with households which have locations to go. The Sequoia will deal with journeys to the waterpark or college, however also can go (delicate) off-roading and tow a ship or camp trailer.
Toyota is thought for its reliability and construct high quality. Homeowners can anticipate the 2023 Sequoia to be part of their household for a few years. Revolutionary expertise and security programs will make spending time within the Sequoia a pleasing expertise.
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Story by John Faulkner. Photographs by John Faulkner and Toyota.