Is the 2024 Toyota Sequoia Capstone Really Worth Nearly $80K?
A model having a bevy of trim level choices offers various options and price levels for those who want a fairly basic model to big spenders who want all the bells and whistles. As such, it’s always worth considering whether a model’s top trim can justify its price. It’s a question certainly worth pondering for the 2024 Toyota Sequoia and its range-topping Capstone trim level, which has a starting MSRP of nearly $80,000.
Trim levels of the 2024 Toyota Sequoia
The 2024 Toyota Sequoia is available in five trims starting at $60,875 MSRP, with the Capstone at $77,865, making it one of the pricier options in the full-size, mainstream SUV ranks. Regardless of trim, the Sequoia is powered by a turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 hybrid powertrain, developing 437 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all but the all-terrain focused TRD Pro model, which is 4WD as standard.
Though the Sequoia starts at a higher price than many of its rivals, it is well-equipped in its base trim.
The SR5 has 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, LED headlights, and a power moonroof. Its cabin is highlighted by cloth upholstery, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen and digital gauge cluster, an eight-speaker audio system, and push-button start. The SR5 also has many standard features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and much more.
The Limited model requires a steep hike in price to $67,275 MSRP. Its upgrades include 20-inch wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, a 14-inch touchscreen, heated and ventilated front seats, and other amenities.
The midrange Platinum model commands $73,465. Its notable amenities include genuine leather upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, a panoramic roof, and ambient interior lighting. Additionally, the model sports a 14-speaker JBL sound system, wireless charging, and heated and ventilated second-row seats.
The TRD Pro’s upgrades include a host of all-terrain kit with a $78,710 MSRP. In addition to standard 4WD, it features an electronic locking rear differential, Fox front coilovers, unique leather upholstery, an aluminum front skid plate, an exclusive grille with an integrated light bar, a front stabilizer bar, and more.
The Sequoia Capstone ups the luxe features
The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is slightly more expensive than the Capstone’s $77,865 MSRP, but the latter appeals to a broader audience as a non-all-terrain focused SUV. Its price point is just under $17,000 more than the SR5 and $4,400 more than the mid-range Platinum.
The Capstone includes all the top features of the non-TRD models and rides on 22-inch wheels. Additionally, it features semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitching, genuine wood trim, a head-up display, and sound-insulated windows.
Is the Sequoia Capstone worth its price?
The 2024 Toyota Sequoia certainly has its appeal, but the Capstone struggles to justify its significant price hike over the model’s lower trims.
Car and Driver suggests sticking with the Limited model as it “appears to offer the best value in the lineup.” The Capstone costs about $10,000 more than the Limited, so buyers can save significantly or spring for some options with their savings.
MotorTrend agrees, stating the SR5 or Limited models “sacrifice little in interior quality or features but deliver the same capability at a much more palatable price.”
A review from The Drive also suggests spending less on a lower trim. “…Unless you absolutely need the highest trim, I’d suggest skipping the Capstone’s premium,” the reviewer states.
2024 Toyota Sequoia competitors
Regardless of trim choice, the 2024 Toyota Sequoia commands a premium over its rivals. Still, it is also generously equipped in its SR5 trim when compared to the base versions of its competitors.
The Chevrolet Tahoe commands $59,095 MSRP as standard, a little under $2,000 less than the Toyota, but its feature list is far more spartan than that of the Sequoia. It’s a similar story for the Ford Expedition. A comparable XLT model costs about $1,500 less than the Sequoia, but again, its standard features lack those of the Toyota.
The GMC Yukon also starts just under $60,000, but its price can swell to nearly $100,000 for its top trim.
The Nissan Armada has its appeal to budget-conscious shoppers with a starting price of $50,700 MSRP. Of course, it’s not nearly as well-equipped as the Sequoia’s base model to achieve that reduced cost.