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The Toyota Sequoia surely feels like it’s overdue for an update. It’s been 15 years since we have a new generation of this full-size Toyota SUV. Thankfully, the 2023 model ushers in a new generation and gives us the flagship model of the Toyota SUV family with the upgrades we desire. Could this be the new SUV you buy? Here are three features that will make you say, “yes.”

1. The 2023 Toyota Sequoia has a new hybrid powertrain

Red 2023 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV
2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

Many Toyota models have been upgraded recently, and none come with the old V8 engines. The latest Sequoia SUV follows suit with a new 3.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine plus an electric motor. This gives you a hybrid powertrain that delivers 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. You’ll get 21 city/24 hwy mpg from this new Toyota SUV and towing power up to 9,520 pounds.

2. Check out the massive touchscreen in the Sequoia

14-inch Touchscreen 2023 Toyota Sequoia
14-inch Touchscreen 2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia has a massive 14-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system in all models except the base SR5 version. You don’t have to choose the top trim for this screen, it’s offered at every trim starting at the SR5 Premium.

Every model does offer wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which makes connecting to the system much easier for you. You’ll also find Apple Music and Amazon Music streaming available to you.

3. The Toyota Sequoia offers flexible rear space to fit your SUV needs

Flexible Rear Seating in the 2023 Toyota Sequoia
Flexible Rear Seating in the 2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

Do you need more room for cargo? The third row of seats can slide forward and give you a bit more space while still offering room for passengers. Are you looking for more legroom for your rear passengers? Slide this rearmost row back in the Sequoia.

This flexible seating arrangement allows the 2023 Toyota Sequoia to be as flexible as necessary.

Is the Toyota Sequoia a reliable SUV?

White 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
White 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro | Toyota

In the RepairPal Reliability Ratings, the Sequoia ranks 5th out of 14 full-size SUVs. The average cost of repairs is lower than average at $642 per repair compared to $784. The frequency of those repairs hits the class average of 0.4 times per year, and the severity of repairs required is a little above average at 15% compared to 12% for the full-size SUV class.

Overall, ranking fifth and having low repair costs and frequency puts the Sequoia in the top half of all full-size SUVs, making it a relatively reliable vehicle to drive.

What safety features does this Toyota SUV offer?

Every model of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 package of features. This package includes:

  • Pre-collision system
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Full-speed dynamic radar cruise control
  • Lane departure alert with steering assist
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Road sign assist
  • Automatic high beams
  • Rear seat reminder

How much does the 2023 Toyota Sequoia Cost?

The base model of the Sequoia full-size SUV starts at $58,300, with the Limited model beginning at $67,700. The top, Capstone trim, starts at $78,300. This pricing starts a little higher than some competitors. The Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Nissan Armada all start around $50,000, while the GMC Yukon begins at $52,000.

Should you buy the new Sequoia SUV?


Has Toyota Done Enough to Make the Sequoia More Interesting?

It’s been fifteen long years since Toyota upgraded the Sequoia, but now it’s coming to us with a complete redesign and as an entirely new vehicle. If you’re looking for Toyota reliability, a full safety package, and the flexibility of the rear seating area, you’ll want to drive the 2023 Toyota Sequoia. On the other hand, some of the competitors are bigger and cost a bit less, which might make you select the Expedition, Tahoe, or Yukon.