7 Cool Features of the New 2023 Toyota Sequoia SUV

Toyota redesigned the Sequoia for 2023 and many of us seem taken by the luxury Capstone edition or the capable TRD Pro off-road versions. But, there are a ton of other features that, even on the base SR5 and Limited versions, make the new Sequoia SUV special. For example, did you know that the rear seat has a built-in cargo shelf and that it slides up to six inches? What else is special in the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia?

You can tell your neighbors the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia is a Land Cruiser

White 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro going down a rocky hill
2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro | Toyota

The new Sequoia is one of just a few SUVs that is made old-school, which means that it has a body-on-frame design like a truck. It shares its frame with the new Tundra pickup, as well as the global Land Cruiser and the Lexus LX. Toyota stopped importing the Land Cruiser to the U.S., and why it didn’t simply call the Sequoa a Land Cruiser is anybody’s guess. Motor Trend surmises that the next Sequoia could wear a Land Cruiser badge because the two are the same SUV underneath.  

The new 2023 Toyota Sequoia can tow a lot

Black Toyota Sequoia Limited hybrid SUV parked on a dirt road with an Airstream trailer, trees visible in the background.
2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

The new Sequoia can tow up to 9,520 pounds with a towing kit. Thanks to that new engine and its body-on-frame construction, the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia can tow a lot, like its Tundra truck cousin. One other reason the Sequoia can tow so much is the Adaptive Variable Suspension, which is a load-leveling suspension that can raise the rear of the Sequoia.

It has new towing tech

Speaking of towing, the Sequoia’s Tow Tech Package offers a Trailer Backup Guide, which can help you back up the SUV with a trailer. To keep a trailer from jackknifing, it also has Straight Path Assist, which helps you back up a trailer straight. The Tow Tech Package is standard on TRD Pro and Capstone models of the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia.

New 2023 Toyota Sequoia has hidden Easter eggs on the windshield

YouTube car reviewer Doug DeMuro loves to find the cool little quirks and features in cars, and hidden Easter eggs. He’ll point out little details that the rest of us would miss. In true DeMuro style, he noticed that there are some tiny dots and dashes on the bottom of the windshield. They’re morse code. DeMuro translated it to say: “BADASS TRUCKS.” Find it at 5:10 in the video.

Adults can sit in the third row

Interior Cargo Space 2023 Toyota Sequoia
Interior Cargo Space 2023 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

Anyone who’s ever been in the way back of a three-row SUV knows that legroom is at a premium. In the Sequoia, though, you get a generous 33.7 inches when the seat is slid all the way back. Yes, the Sequoia’s third row slides up to six inches, which means you can fit more cargo or more people. For comparison, the three-row 2023 Toyota Highlander SUV has just 27.7 inches of back seat legroom. Speaking of that third row, it also comes with Toyota’s Cargo Shelf System that adds a shelf to the back.

Toyota didn’t ignore the base model SR5 2023 Sequoia for off-roading

SR5 with TRD sport package in grayt
New 2023 Toyota Sequoia SR5 with TRD package | Toyota

Tor the first time on the base SR5 and the upgraded Limited 4×4 models, you can get the Sequoia TRD Off-Road Package. While it’s not the same package you get on the TRD Off-Road model, it does add a lot of off-road necessities, such as a locking rear differential, Multi-Terrain Select, and Downhill Assist Control, which acts like a slow-speed cruise control going downhill. Toyota’s magic Crawl Control, which is a traction control system designed to get you out of sticky mud and loose sand, comes standard on the TRD package. It also comes with TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks and springs.

It comes with ToyotaCare

Interior of Tundra SR5
SR5 Sequoia interior | Toyota

ToyotaCare provides free factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years, or up to 25,000 miles. Also, its warranty covers the hybrid battery for 10 years or 150,000 miles.

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