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Is Upgrading to the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Worth It?

The Toyota Sequoia already looks as big as a tank, but can it master off-roading trails like a tank? If you’re planning on taking your entire family off-roading, then at least the Toyota Sequoia can fit everyone inside comfortably. However, is upgrading the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro worth it to fulfill your dreams off the beaten track? 

Is the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Worth it? 

Brace your wallet. The 2020 Toyota Sequoia already starts around $49k. To upgrade to the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, you’ll need to spend about $64k. So, does the TRD Pro come with enough extra features to make it worth spending an additional $15k worth it? 

The new Toyota Sequoia is unveiled during the Los Angeles Auto Show
The Toyota Sequoia | GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images

Based on our instincts, the upgrade will only be worth it if you actually plan to go off-roading a lot. Also, keep in mind that the Toyota Sequoia only gets 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. So you’ll be spending a ton on gas during your adventures. 

Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Performance 

The Toyota Sequoia comes with a four-wheel drive and the powerful 5.7-liter iFORCE DOHC V8 32 valve engine. It includes dual independent variable valve timing and intelligence with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. 

We’re surprised that this massive off-roading SUV doesn’t have a diesel engine option. However, the 5.7-liter iFORCE engine can tow up to 7,100 lb and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. That’s fast for a large SUV. 

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The Sequoia TRD Pro comes with a front and rear coil-spring independent double-wishbone suspension with TRD fox shocks with piggyback reservoirs. The internal bypass shocks include seven compression zones and two rebound zones. This is an excellent set up for crawling over obstacles. 

The TRD 18″ alloy wheels are wrapped in all-terrain rubber to improve cornering responses and to improve the overall ride quality. You also get LED fog lights with a long-range and high-intensity, allowing you to see the challenges on the trail. 

2020 Toyota Sequoia off-roading
2020 Toyota Sequoia | Toyota

To protect the undercarriage, the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro also comes with a ΒΌ” thick aluminum skid plate. The center locking rear differential is another off-roading feature included. This is an interesting choice as competitors often have an electronically locking rear differential. 

Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Features

If you’re spending $64k on a vehicle, then it better have some luxury, and the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro doesn’t disappoint. It comes with massive leather seats that are heated and ventilated in the front. 

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro off-roading in the woods
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro | Toyota

It also comes with an automatic tri-zone climate control system to keep your entire family comfortable and a rear entertainment system. The 120-volt plug in the rear is great for powering laptops, gaming systems, and more. 

The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is a bit of a let down when it comes to technology, though. There isn’t a head’s up display or a digital cluster display.

2020 Toyota Sequoia on-road
2020 Toyota Sequoia on-road | Toyota

However, it can connect to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Alexis. Upgrading to the TRD Pro models seems alright. It’s great for road tripping, but other options include more tech and a more robust suspension. We suggest considering other options like the Jeep Gladiator or Chevy Tahoe before settling with the Sequoia.