Trucks & SUVs

The Toyota Sequoia Jostles and Guzzles

The Toyota Sequoia is a nice option between the Toyota Land Cruiser and the 4Runner. It has plenty of space and it’s offered in a wide range of trim levels. Bryan Campbell with Forbes writes that the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro will satisfy most consumers in the same rugged areas that the Toyota Land Cruiser would for a fraction of the price. It is a capable and reliable body-on-frame SUV with the ability to power around in the dirt with ease.

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser | Toyota

Sure, compared to something like a Land Rover you might say the ride jostles. Yes, the robust V8 powerplant is a greedy guzzler. But we aren’t mad about it. Where the Sequoia comes up short it makes up for it in value and reliability.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400 HST mild hybrid
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport P400 HST mild hybrid | Land Rover

Pricing and Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro value

At first glance, it’s a little on the expensive side, starting at $51,305––according to Car and Driver. The TRD Pro Sequoia which comes fully equipped for off-roading starts at $65,430. According to Forbes, this is still $30,000 below the Toyota Land Cruiser.

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro side
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro side | Toyota

With everything that the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is capable of, this is actually a great value. Especially when you consider other large body-on-frame SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe. According to Car and Driver, this big SUV with options can easily run up to the $80,000 price range.

two chevy Tahoes in a mountain scene
Chevy Tahoe | Chevrolet

So, while this article by AutoBlog complains that it’s too pricey for such a dated interior, some might conversely argue that it is actually a decent value when you consider what you get. The rear power window alone sets the Sequoia apart from so many other SUVs. Dated as it may be on the inside, the interior is still highly functional and gets all of the latest Toyota tech. Additionally, the Toyota safety suite adds great value in terms of standard equipment.

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place
The 2020 Toyota Sequoia | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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Fuel economy

Yes, Ok. The Toyota Sequoia’s only engine option is a gas-guzzling V8. A combined 14 mpg for 2WD and 15 mpg for 4WD is the official rating for the 2020 Toyota Sequoia and the off-roading Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro. It’s anything but economical. Thankfully fuel prices have seen higher days. Still, there is no getting around the fact that the Toyota Sequoia in every trim sucks up fuel. The TRD Pro version is no different.

However, the money you get to keep in your pockets due to lower costs of repairs on maintenance can go straight into your gas tank. According to Consumer Reports, the Sequoia’s rock solid reliability pretty much trumps all else. Plus, this generation of the Toyota Sequoia has been around since the 2008 full redesign. Parts will be generally easy to source and should be relatively inexpensive. When you look at the big picture, the Sequoia balances out the poor fuel economy in other––arguably––more important areas.

Toyota Sequoia Grille
2020 Toyota Sequoia

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Consumer reviews

Kelley Blue Book posts consumer reviews for the Toyota Sequoia. From all the reviews the Toyota Sequoia owners gave for the body-on-frame SUV, it earns 4.8 out of 5 stars. Generally, owners are happy, and repeat buyers are common.

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

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It may be a little bumpier due to its body-on-frame off-roading friendly construction, as opposed to something like the unibody Honda Pilot crossover SUV. Additionally, the Sequoia’s V8 is thirsty. But overall, many owners and potential buyers will find that its reliability and TRD Pro available off-roading package makes up for the jostling and the guzzling.