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2019 Toyota Sequoia

What’s new

  • The 2019 Toyota Sequoia carries over unchanged
  • Part of the second Sequoia generation introduced for 2008

Pros & Cons

  • Cargo area is one of the largest in this class
  • For a big SUV, it rides pretty comfortably over bumps
  • Flexible seating arrangement allows for up to eight passengers
  • Respectable off-road capability for a big SUV
  • Even among large SUVs, fuel economy is poor
  • Audio controls and front central cupholders are hard to reach
  • Touchscreen is small and outdated
MSRP Range
$49,050 - $67,985
MSRP Starting at
$49,050
MSRP Range
$49,050 - $67,985
MSRP Range
$49,050 - $67,985

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Which Sequoia does Edmunds recommend?

The SR5 is the affordable base model, but when equipped with the available Premium Package, this SUV is a well-equipped eight-passenger family hauler. The Premium Package includes gotta-have SUV items such as navigation, power-folding third-row seats, and heated, power leather front seats. Thanks to the standard V8 engine, you won't have to worry about matching a trim with the engine; the only question is, do you want two-wheel drive or four?

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

6.9 / 10

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia is one of just a few traditional truck-based SUVs around. It has a robust V8 engine that helps this big SUV tow more than 7,000 pounds. Seating is available for seven or eight, and there are plenty of nooks and pockets to store all your passengers' favorite road-trip amenities. Alternately, fold down the second- and third-row seats to exponentially increase cargo volume.

An optional four-wheel-drive system gives the Sequoia surprisingly competent off-road capability. Your biggest trail limitations will be the Sequoia's sheer size and wheelbase. A TRD Sport package upgrades the suspension for better handling and performance over harsh impacts typical of off-roading, but the updates are great on the road as well.

The Sequoia is a very functional SUV, but it has drawbacks. Though powerful, that V8 engine lacks the efficiency that most buyers in this category have come to expect. Also, the Sequoia's infotainment interface, with its dinky 6-inch screen and lack of full smartphone integration capability, is about as geriatric as these things get.

We prefer the Ford Expedition. Recently redesigned, it bests the Sequoia in just about every metric. And if you don't need massive towing capability, a three-row crossover SUV will likely suit you just fine. Overall, though, the aging Toyota Sequoia's exceptional utility and V8 brawn give it a certain amount of timeless appeal.

2019 Toyota Sequoia models

Trim Levels & Features Advice Module:

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 (381 horsepower, 401 lb-ft of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. You can get the Sequoia in one of four trims: the base SR5, the TRD Sport, the Limited (blending luxury and functionality) and the fully loaded Platinum model. There are significant price jumps between trims, but there are option packages for the SR5 and the Limited that help bridge the gaps. The SR5 and Limited models seat eight passengers, while the second-row captain's chairs on the TRD Sport and the Platinum reduce seating to seven.

The base SR5 model comes stocked with a healthy number of standard features. Highlights include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, a power rear window, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a 40/20/40-split second-row bench seat (with sliding and reclining functionality), a 60/40-split reclining and fold-flat third-row bench, second- and third-row retractable sunshades, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player and satellite and HD radio.

Standard safety features for the SR5 include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and traffic-adapting cruise control.

An optional SR5 Premium package bundles an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, a power liftgate, a power-reclining and -folding third-row seat, and an integrated navigation system.

The TRD Sport has a few mechanical differences that set it apart from the rest of the Sequoia line. It rides on 20-inch TRD wheels and features sport-tuned dampers and stiffer front and rear anti-roll bars to help the car handle better on the road and take bumps off the road. The other changes are all cosmetic, such as unique badging and front grille, blacked-out taillights, and TRD trim pieces.

Compared to the SR5, stepping up to the Limited model gets you 20-inch wheels, power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, upgraded gauges and everything from the SR5's Premium package.

A seven-passenger option swaps the second-row bench for two captain's chairs, reducing seating capacity to seven. A premium 14-speaker JBL sound system (bundled with driver-seat memory settings) is optional, as is a rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-ray player.

The top-of-the-line Platinum trim level comes standard with all of the above features, plus an adaptive air suspension (with a load-leveling rear), ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs (seating seven), a second-row center console and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport (5.7L V8 | 6-speed automatic | 4WD).

Scorecard

Overall6.9 / 10
Driving7.0
Comfort7.5
Interior7.0
Utility8.0
Technology6.5

Driving

7.0

Think of the Sequoia as a Tundra pickup with three rows and an SUV roof. It's got the same kind of effortless power from its big V8 engine, and that makes it well-suited to towing trailers, boats and other toys. It also makes for easy highway passing when it's not pulling a load. That's backed up by our track-measured 0-60 mph acceleration time of 7.2 seconds, which is only a few tenths behind the class leader. 

At almost 6,100 pounds, and with light steering that doesn't have much road feel, the Sequoia isn't our first pick for winding roads. But it's surprisingly agile for its size, and the upgraded TRD Pro suspension should make hill climbs and descents a little more stable and add some confidence to braking maneuvers.

Comfort

7.5

All-around comfort and surprising serenity are the Sequoia's main strengths. The seats don't offer much side-to-side support. They're basically just big chairs that provide good long-haul support. The front seats are limited in adjustments, however. We do like the Sequoia's plush ride quality. It absorbs impacts and shrugs off smaller bumps not unlike a luxury SUV.

Tire and wind noise is well-suppressed, but you'll hear the engine straining when it's working hard. The height-adjustable suspension helps maintain comfort when hauling heavy loads. The air conditioning blows strong and cold in the back row, but it's oddly weak up front when all three zones are pumping.

Interior

7.0

The Sequoia feels spacious, but you expect that given its size. Getting into the Sequoia's first two rows requires a step up, but the running boards and grab handles help. The second-row seats tilt and slide, making for easy third-row entry, but getting out requires a limber, deliberate effort, especially for tall adults.

There is plenty of room for heads, arms, elbows and shoulders all around. The downside is that the driver and front passenger will need to stretch to reach the touchscreen and stereo controls. The third row is narrow but offers good adult legroom. It's fine for short trips, but you don't really want more than six adults in this SUV.

Utility

8.0

Utility is the Sequoia's game. Its cargo space, which is helped by two rows of fold-flat seats, is among the largest in the class and is arguably the key reason you buy a Sequoia. With 120.1 cubic feet of maximum space, it's only beat by the Chevrolet Suburban and the Ford Expedition Max.

With seats up, it's still impressive: 67 cubic feet with just the third row folded and 19 cubes of room for groceries with the third row up. A power liftgate enhances the ability to stuff the Sequoia full of gear. Slimmer plastic panels would increase capacity, but it's impressive as it is. The Sequoia offers so many nooks and cubbies that some personal items will disappear forever.

Technology

6.5

Next to rival systems, the Sequoia's infotainment is woefully deficient. The touchscreen media interface is small, dated and limited. It just has the basics: Bluetooth, one USB port and one auxiliary audio jack. There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support. But Bluetooth pairing is easy and offers browsing of a device's audio library. The single-screen rear DVD entertainment system is good enough to make passengers forget about their iPads for a while.

Active safety tech, on the other hand, is comprehensive. And it's all standard
from the base model on up. Every Sequoia has automatic emergency braking, blind-spot and cross-traffic monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Toyota Sequoia.

5 star reviews: 36%
4 star reviews: 37%
3 star reviews: 9%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 18%
Average user rating: 3.7 stars based on 11 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Outdated?
Former Mechnic,
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)

I have read several reviews from automotive journalists as well as customer reviews calling Tundras and Sequoias outdated. That is exactly what makes them so spectacular (Toyota could definitely update the electronics and minor interior improvements) Toyota has made subtle improvements and changes to these models almost every year. Toyota does reverse engineering which means they are trying to perfect what is already there. Sequoias and Tundras are the undisputed champions when it comes to durability, longevity and overall toughness. Update: Sequoia is not invincible after all, we had to replace the belt tensioner at 181,000 miles at a cost of $209.00 with labor. Disappointing but not bad compared to my last 5 fords which ALL needed transmissions under 140k

5 out of 5 stars, Ronda Rousey
steve,
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)

Tough, beautiful, talented kick ass suv. Go ahead and buy some other brand and we'll see who spends more time in the shop, broken down or parts falling off, not to mention early transmission failures etc, etc. This does everything it's supposed to do, is quicker than those 450 horse twin turbo 6's from Navigator and Escalade, with only a messily 380 hp (this changes when you install a supercharger and drive off in 550 horses of nasty) and will do it for 10 years or longer without nary a hiccup. "Outdated"? Ya, so is the wheel. You need a bigger screen ? Oh poor baby. Plastic dash? Glocks are plastic too. I've never heard so much whining about nothing wrong with a vehicle in my life. Bad mpg? What!? by what ? 1 or 2 mpg? Concerned about mileage are we? Get a civic. We had an old saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

4 out of 5 stars, Very Impressive
Michael T.,
Platinum 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A)

I totally disagree with the previous review. I love my Sequoia. We test drove almost every SUV on the market before deciding to purchase ours and we haven’t had the slightest bit of buyers remorse. The resale value is incredible. The interior is very comfortable. I highly recommend!

4 out of 5 stars, New Sequoia owner--LOVE it!!!
KS,
TRD Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)

This SUV is a dream to drive and has tons of storage space. I actually shopped around before I bought the Sequoia. I tested the Ford Expedition and was thoroughly unimpressed by the cheaply made interior. I strongly considered a Tahoe, but a Toyota will last forever. I previously owned a 4Runner and am a big fan of Toyota reliability. Also, it has the roll down back window which is one feature I hope Toyota NEVER discontinues

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Features & Specs

Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD
5.7L 8cyl 6A
MSRP$67,985
MPG 13 city / 17 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower381 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Limited 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD
5.7L 8cyl 6A
MSRP$60,770
MPG 13 city / 17 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower381 hp @ 5600 rpm
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TRD Sport 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
TRD Sport 4dr SUV 4WD
5.7L 8cyl 6A
MSRP$54,990
MPG 13 city / 17 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower381 hp @ 5600 rpm
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SR5 4dr SUV features & specs
SR5 4dr SUV
5.7L 8cyl 6A
MSRP$49,050
MPG 13 city / 17 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower381 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Sequoia safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitor
Detects if a vehicle is in the Sequoia's blind spots. If the turn signal is activated, an alert will sound.
Pre-Collision System
Warns the driver about an imminent forward collision and can automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn't act in time.
Trailer Sway Control
Detects when a trailer begins to sway and will apply braking pressure and reduce engine torque to bring it back in line.
NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover18.5%

Toyota Sequoia vs. the competition

Toyota Sequoia vs. Nissan Armada

The Armada and the Sequoia are similar in that they are both truck-based SUVs with V8 engines. You get a higher towing capacity with the Armada, though. In general, we give the Armada higher marks, especially when it comes to driving performance. Neither SUV scores well in terms of technology.

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Toyota Sequoia vs. Toyota 4Runner

The 4Runner is essentially the Sequoia's little brother. It's smaller on the inside and not as powerful. But the 4Runner is one of the most competent SUVs on the market for off-roading, and it's easier to drive around town than the Sequoia. It's also less expensive. But if cargo volume, passenger comfort and towing are priorities, opt for the Sequoia.

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Toyota Sequoia vs. Ford Expedition

The Expedition is one of our top-rated three-row SUVs. It comes with an efficient powertrain and the latest electronic gizmos. It also offers a smoother ride than the competition. Towing and hauling capabilities are also at the top of the pack. The Sequoia's main benefit lies in its lower price and Toyota's reputation for reliability.

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FAQ
Is the Toyota Sequoia a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Sequoia both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.9 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2019 Sequoia gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 11 reviews) You probably care about Toyota Sequoia fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sequoia gets an EPA-estimated 14 mpg to 15 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sequoia has 18.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Sequoia. Learn more
What's new in the 2019 Toyota Sequoia?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Toyota Sequoia:

  • The 2019 Toyota Sequoia carries over unchanged
  • Part of the second Sequoia generation introduced for 2008
Learn more
Is the Toyota Sequoia reliable?
To determine whether the Toyota Sequoia is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sequoia. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sequoia's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Toyota Sequoia a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Toyota Sequoia is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Sequoia and gave it a 6.9 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2019 Sequoia gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 11 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Sequoia is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Toyota Sequoia?

The least-expensive 2019 Toyota Sequoia is the 2019 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $49,050.

Other versions include:

  • Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $67,985
  • Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $60,770
  • TRD Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $54,990
  • SR5 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $49,050
  • SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $52,275
  • Limited 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $57,545
  • TRD Sport 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $51,765
  • Platinum 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $64,760
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What are the different models of Toyota Sequoia?
If you're interested in the Toyota Sequoia, the next question is, which Sequoia model is right for you? Sequoia variants include Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A), and SR5 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A). For a full list of Sequoia models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Toyota Sequoia

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia is a full-size three-row SUV designed to move people and cargo almost anywhere you need to go. It lacks some of the latest features but has the interior cargo space and towing capability that most buyers want. If all you need is a basic family hauler, the Sequoia's simplicity and robustness might make it a great choice.

Powering the Sequoia is a 5.7-liter V8 (381 horsepower, 401 pound-feet) engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. There are four trims, each adding more features, although there's some overlap thanks to a couple of packages. More on that later.

First is the SR5. It's the standard SUV, with seating for eight, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 6.1-inch touchscreen to control the Entune infotainment system, and a sunroof. A number of driver assistance systems are now standard, such as adaptive cruise control, emergency front braking, lane keeping assist and automatic high-beam control.

The TRD Sport version builds on the SR5 but adds a sport-tuned suspension, black-painted 20-inch wheels, a unique grille, metallic black mirror caps and tinted taillights. Inside, the TRD Sport features a cloth-based seven-seat configuration, with TRD shift knob, floor mats and sill guards.

The SR5 Limited model adds 20-inch wheels, a leather interior, power-reclining and fold-flat third-row seating, and a premium version of the Entune system. You can also opt out of the standard eight-passenger configuration and swap the second-row bench for dual captain's chairs, making the Sequoia a comfortable seven-seater.

Finally, the Platinum model gains a load-leveling and adaptive suspension, auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, and a JBL sound system. The Platinum is only available in the seven-seat configuration, and it includes a Blu-ray-compatible rear seat entertainment system.

If the 2019 Toyota Sequoia's heavy-duty chassis, towing capability or TRD Sport off-road package interests you, let Edmunds help find and configure the perfect car for you.

2019 Toyota Sequoia Overview

The 2019 Toyota Sequoia is offered in the following submodels: Sequoia SUV. Available styles include Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR5 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A), TRD Sport 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A), and Platinum 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2019 Toyota Sequoia?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Toyota Sequoia and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Sequoia 3.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Sequoia.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Toyota Sequoia and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Sequoia featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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