Most 2023 Toyota Sequoia Shoppers Want 1 Mid-Level Trim the Most
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is a well-made SUV that’s slowly rising up the sales charts. The vehicle is sold in several variations, but there is one 2023 Toyota Sequoia trim that is more popular than the others. What makes the Platinum trim the choice for so many drivers? And does that version of the Sequoia represent the best value for money?
How many 2023 Toyota Sequoia trims are there?
As explained on Toyota’s website, there are a total of five 2023 Toyota Sequoia trims – the SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone.
As the base model, the SR5 (MSRP of $59,865) sets the standard for the other Sequoias to build from. The exterior features 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and foglights, roof rails, and power-folding heated mirrors. While sitting on cloth upholstery, passengers can gaze out at the sky or feel the breeze through the SUV’s panoramic moonroof. An eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support and is connected to an eight-speaker audio system.
Other convenient features include three-zone automatic climate control, a 360-degree camera, a digital instrument panel, and hands-free keyless entry with a push-button start.
All 2023 Toyota Sequoia trims are powered by a turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 hybrid powertrain that produces 437 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque alongside a 10-speed automatic transmission. They also come with a collection of safety and driver-assist tools known as Toyota Safety Sense. The package includes forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane departure mitigation, lane-keeping assists, automatic high beams, road sign recognition, and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alerts.
The Limited ($66,265) adds the following features to the SUV:
- 20-inch dark gray alloy wheels
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Synthetic leather upholstery
- Driver’s seat memory settings
- Heated steering wheel
- A 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Second and third-row manual sunshades
- Two 120-volt AC outlets
The ridiculously capable TRD Pro ($77,565) is the Sequoia model most focused on off-road capability. Unlike every other trim that comes with standard rear-wheel drive, it exclusively comes with four-wheel drive. The TRD Pro also includes:
- 18-inch TRD alloy wheels
- Black grille with integrated light bar
- Dual exhaust tips
- Electronic locking rear differential
- Fox front coilovers and rear remote-reservoir shocks
- TRD aluminum front skid plate
- TRD front stabilizer bar
- TRD-specific synthetic leather upholstery
- Red engine start button
The appropriately named Capstone ($76,865) is the most premium Sequoia model. It exudes luxury with features like:
- 22-inch dark chrome alloy wheels
- Premium leather upholstery
- Wood interior trim
- Head-up display
- Sound-insulated windows
The Sequoia Platinum is the best seller, but experts recommend another model
Those four 2023 Toyota Sequoia trims all have their merits, but according to Edmunds, the most popular trim is the Platinum model.
This edition includes all of the standard features from the SR5 and the Limited while adding some luxury-leaning accents and tools. Most of the design changes are felt inside the SUV. The seats are covered with leather upholstery and drivers use a power-adjustable steering wheel. The second-row seats are heated and ventilated and feature captain’s chairs. A 14-speaker JBL premium audio system, wireless charging pad, power panoramic moonroof, and ambient lighting are additional interior amenities.
The Platinum exterior is detailed with 20-inch black alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview mirror with a digital display, and upgraded LED headlights with sequential turn signals. Toyota currently sells this trim for $72,465.
The Platinum’s place as the mid-tier trim is likely the reason why so many drivers are interested in it above the other Sequoia models. It provides enough of the luxury feel at a lower price point than the more expensive TRD Pro or Capstone.
But experts say that the Limited trim provides the best value for money because of how much it adds to the SR5 without having to pay that much more for the benefits. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Limited trim catches on with buyers like the Platinum trim has.