Could the 2023 Toyota Sequoia Be the Most Efficient Full-Size Three-Row SUV in the Market?

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia enters a new generation for this full-size SUV and delivers an impressive hybrid powertrain in every model. This could be the most efficient full-size three-row SUV we see, making the Sequoia that much better. This Toyota SUV is now the flagship model in the lineup, giving us a new name to lead the brand forward.

Is the 2023 Toyota Sequoia a hybrid SUV?

Front angle view of Supersonic Red 2023 Toyota Sequoia
Supersonic Red 2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

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Yes, Toyota uses the same hybrid powertrain from the new Tundra lineup for the Sequoia. This powertrain begins with a 3.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and an electric motor. Unlike the Tundra, you don’t have the option of hybrid or non-hybrid in the Sequoia. The only option for the drivetrain is whether to have RWD or 4WD.

How much power does the hybrid engine give this Toyota SUV?

A red 2023 Toyota Sequoia is driving on the road.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

The 2023 Sequoia delivers 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque routed to the wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. This SUV has more power than the previous version which uses a 5.7-liter V8 engine for power. The new Sequoia tows up to 9,520 pounds when properly equipped.

What’s the gas mileage on the 2023 Toyota Sequoia?

Sequoia models with RWD return 21 city/24 hwy mpg to give a combined number of 22 mpg. The 4WD versions provide 19 city/22 hwy mpg, which translates to 20 mpg combined for this SUV.

The current fuel economy numbers are much better than the outgoing 2022 Toyota SUV. The 5.7-liter V8 powertrain was good for 15 mpg combined in RWD models and 14 mpg combined for 4WD versions.

Is this the most efficient full-size three-row SUV in the market?

White 2023 Toyota Sequoia full-size three-row SUV wading through water
2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

We may see other SUVs in this class that either turn to a plug-in hybrid powertrain or an EV setup which will be more efficient than the Sequoia. That said, the numbers offered by this Toyota SUV beat the Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon pair with 17 mpg combined in RWD. The Sequoia is also more efficient than the Ford Expedition, which returns 19 mpg combined, and the Nissan Armada, which sits at the bottom of the pile with 16 mpg combined.

A Chevy Tahoe equipped with the 3.0-liter Duramax turbocharged diesel 6-cylinder engine is the only version of any of these full-size SUVs that offer better fuel mileage. This Chevy SUV offers 24 mpg combined in RWD and 22 mpg combined in 4WD versions.

How much does the 2023 Toyota Sequoia cost?

The starting price of the new generation of the Sequoia is $59,795. This is right in line with other full-size SUVs in the market. Of course, if you move up through the trims, the price increases, but so does the list of features you’ll have in your SUV.

Is the Toyota Sequoia any good?

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia in red
2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

If you want a three-row SUV that’s efficient, packed with great features, and offers the benefits of Toyota’s reputation for reliability, then yes, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia is a good SUV. If you’re searching for a larger SUV to drive, the Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL offers more cargo room in the rear but doesn’t have the same level of efficiency as the Sequoia.

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