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It’s time for critics to finally get behind the wheel of the new Toyota Sequoia. While reviewing the 2023 Toyota Sequoia, there are plenty of great things to discover. However, there are areas that could be improved as well. 

Three possible 2023 Toyota Sequoia drawbacks 

2023 Toyota Sequoia off-roading
2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is finally returning to the game with a total redesign. It has a new face, updated interior, modern tech, and more power. You can get started in the new Sequoia for about $59,795. 

Also, the Sequoia is well-equipped for work and play. The i-FORCE MAX Hybrid powertrain consists of a 3.4-liter V6 engine and an electric motor to crank out 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 9,520 lbs, but let’s get to the drawbacks. 

1. The Sequoia is lumbering 

According to AutoBlog, the new Toyota Sequoia feels like a big old boat. The steering is light, vague, and slow as you navigate through traffic. Plus, there’s a lot of noticeable body roll around curves, eliminating the possibility for a sporty experience. 

The Sequoia requires a lot of attention and steering adjustments to continue going straight and to maintain a line through corners. The steering seems to provide a delayed response for the rest of the vehicle. 

Here is the most shocking part. They mentioned that the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon can feel fun to steer, but the Sequoia isn’t! 

But on a positive note, it has a solid chassis and smooth ride quality on the pavement. It doesn’t shake or shimmy as much as rivals and is confidently stable over bumps. 

2. The Toyota Sequoia could use interior improvements 

interior of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia
Interior of a 2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone | Toyota

Despite having a brand new interior, there is room for the 2023 Toyota Sequoia to make improvements. AutoBlog noted that the interior does feature significant upgrades over the outgoing model, but it’s not enough. 

The higher trim levels seem to be on par with lower models of the Ford Expedition and Chevy Suburban. Even the top-spec Capstone trim has noticeable plastic materials that take away from the luxury feeling. 

But the layout is well-planned and functional with chunky buttons and other elements. The available 14-inch touchscreen is an attractive improvement. The graphics look great, and the response times are fast. 

3. The Sequoia could be more versatile 

A 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro in the dirt
2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro | Toyota

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia is a spacious three-row family hauler, but there’s one aspect that can’t be ignored. The hybrid battery pack sits under the third-row seats. So, they can only slide forward a little, can’t be removed, and don’t fold flat. 

This could impact the amount of cargo space and how well larger items fit in the rear. There is up to 18.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which is an ok amount of trunk space. You can also access up to 120.1 cubes total. 

These issues shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. There are probably ways to get around the awkward storage layout. Large SUVs aren’t expected to feel sporty and nimble, and the interior seems pretty durable. 

Overall the new Sequoia provides massive improvements over the outgoing model, and there’s still more to learn. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel soon.


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