The 2021 Toyota Sequoia is a longtime favorite in large SUVs. Although it can be kind of pricey, starting at $50,400, you definitely get what you pay for with the Sequoia. Consumer Reports gave it a 68 out of 100 and put it on its recommended list of large SUVs, which is saying a lot. Let’s take a look at why.
How does a Sequoia become Consumer Reports recommended?
To be a Consumer Reports recommended vehicle, the Toyota Sequoia had to get a good overall score. The overall score combines their road test, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, crash tests and safety equipment. The Sequoia’s 68 put it at number two on Consumer Reports’ list of large SUVs, behind the 2021 Ford Expedition.
The 2021 Toyota Sequoia got a 60 on its road test. This includes a four out of five for its acceleration. The Sequoia went from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The routine handling score is a three out of five.
The emergency handling could be better. The Toyota Sequoia scored a two out of five. It had a max avoidance speed of 47 mph. This means that the fastest the driver could go in the Consumer Reports course while retaining control of the vehicle was only 47 mph.
The 2021 Sequoia’s braking also wasn’t great, scoring just a two out of five. The Sequoia took 146 feet to stop from 60 mph on dry pavement, and 163 on wet pavement.
The headlights scored just a three out of five. Good headlights are important to accident avoidance.
What safety features does the Toyota Sequoia have?
The 2021 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, and pedestrian detection. It also comes with lane departure warning, though lane keeping assist is not an option. Blind spot warning is standard in the 2021 Toyota Sequoia.
Backup cameras are standard in all new cars, but the 2021 Sequoia also comes with rear cross traffic warning. New Toyota Sequoias have anti lock brakes, as well as traction and stability control. Daytime running lights in the Sequoia are optional.
The 2021 Toyota Sequoia also comes with front side airbags and head protection standard with rollover.
Did the NHTSA or IIHS crash test the Sequoia?
Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or National Highway Traffic Association (NHTSA) crash tested the 2021 Toyota Sequoia. The NHTSA did give a rollover rating for the Sequoia though. This was four stars for both the 2WD and the 4WD.
The predicted reliability for the 2021 Toyota Sequoia was four out of five. Similarly, the overall owner satisfaction rating was a four out of five. This score is determined by a survey which asks previous Sequoia owners how happy they are with the vehicle they bought.
Although there are a couple of red flags in the 2021 Toyota Sequoia (the emergency handling and braking), overall it received good ratings from Consumer Reports. Perhaps the IIHS and NHTSA will crash test it at some point, and we’ll get a full picture of just how safe the Sequoia is.