2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
Class: Large SUV
Seating capability: 7
|CG Report Card
|Room and Comfort
|Power and Performance
|Fit and Finish
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Value grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and will not replicate Consumer Guide’s impressions of your entire mannequin lineup.
|Big & Tall Comfort
|Big & Tall consolation scores are for entrance seats solely. “Big” ranking primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” ranking primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
|Turbo hybrid V6
Miles pushed: 119
Observed gasoline financial system: 16.5 mpg
Driving combine: 65% metropolis, 35% freeway
EPA-estimated gasoline financial system: 19/22/20 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Fuel sort: Regular fuel
Snow Performance: N/A
Base worth: $78,710 (not together with $1850 vacation spot cost)
Options on take a look at car: Panoramic roof ($500), sprint cam ($499), TRD roof rack ($1395)
Price as examined: $81,104
The nice: Ample energy, roomy and comfy cabin
The good: Big touchscreen, easy management structure, stable really feel
The not so good: Complicated cargo-area association, restricted Third-row consolation
When it involves advertising and marketing huge, body-on-frame SUVs, General Motors has an enormous leg up on the opposite carmakers within the phase. GM can attain value-oriented customers by way of the Chevrolet Tahoe and longer Suburban, upscale and off-road minded shoppers with the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and luxurious consumers with the Cadillac Escalade, which can also be supplied in two lengths.
Ford, too, has a bonus, advertising and marketing variations of the identical truck as the favored Ford Expedition, and opulent Lincoln Navigator. And, each the Expedition and Navigator are supplied in two lengths. Jeep, too, takes a two-pronged method to the large SUV phase, although the jury is out on how profitable the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer technique really is.
To its credit score, Toyota isn’t trying to cowl your entire big-rig area, as its 2024 Sequoia lineup doesn’t begin as affordably because the Tahoe (about $58,000), or peak as excessive because the Escalade (beginning round $84,000).
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The tidy, five-model Sequoia lineup begins with the bottom SR5 (about $63,000), and ascends via the midlevel Limited ($69,000), upscale Platinum ($76,000), luxury-level Capstone ($80,000), and off-road-oriented TRD Pro ($81,000). 4WD is commonplace on the TRD Pro and Capstone, and optionally available on different trim ranges.
Redesigned for the 2023 mannequin yr, the Sequoia moved to Toyota’s versatile TNGA-F structure, which additionally underpins the model’s Tundra full-size pickup. With the redesign got here a brand new engine, Toyota’s i-Force Max powerplant, which mates a turbocharged, hybrid 3.4-liter V6 with a 10-speed automated transmission. The engine is rated at a stout 437 horsepower, up from 381 within the previous-generation Sequoia with its thirsty 5.7-liter V8.
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Consumer Guide just lately spent per week behind the wheel of a 2024 Tundra TRD Pro in eye-catching Terra (that’s the colour). All instructed, our full-size Toyota SUV rang in at $82,954, together with vacation spot cost.
The rugged-looking TRD Pro backs up its powerful stance with some reputable off-road gear, most of which ought to ease the minds of Snowbelters simply searching for a little bit insurance coverage the subsequent time the Midwest is walloped with one other “serious show event.”
Unique to the TRD Pro are 18-inch, black-finish BBS-brand alloy wheels shod with particular tires, Fox-brand shock absorbers with distant reservoir, a entrance stabilizer bar, protecting skid plates, an electronically managed locking rear differential, off-road driving modes, a crawl management system, a hill-descent management perform, and particular trim parts. Counterintuitively, TRD-brand operating boards are additionally a part of the “Pro” tools group, which can must be eliminated earlier than the truck does any critical off-road work.
Inside, Sequoia’s brilliant and fashionable cabin is each spacious and comfy. Interior trim is worth applicable, although might path in high quality considerably relative to the fittings present in higher trims ranges of the Expedition and Yukon. That stated, nothing seems to be or feels low cost.
Big doorways and loads of area make the entrance two seating rows simple to entry and long-haul snug. The third row, nevertheless, is one other story. Because of the hybrid drivetrain, the battery particularly, the threerd-row seats don’t fold flat into the ground. Instead, as a result of the battery lives down beneath the load ground, the seatbacks merely fold down over the seat bottoms. To compensate for this, type of, the Sequoia is provided with an adjustable cargo shelf that may be moved to permit for a steady load ground. This seems like an undue trouble, and isn’t one thing consumers of $80,000 SUVs will wish to take care of. This association might show to be a deal breaker for shoppers seeking to do plenty of cargo hauling.
Additionally, the flat ground within the 3rd-row limits legroom, and forces occupants of the rearmost seat into an uncomfortable “leg-out” place which won’t swimsuit bigger passengers nicely on lengthy journeys.
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Otherwise, the cabin works nicely, as do the first controls. The massive heart touchscreen handles mostly used capabilities, save for local weather, and does so merely and successfully sufficient. The display is straightforward to learn in direct gentle, and the icons simple to establish at a look. And, we discovered the 14-speaker JBL audio system as much as the duty of recreating the mid-century jazz most well-liked by this editor.
On the street, the Sequoia TRD Pro strikes out well. The huge, turbo V6 delivers loads of helpful energy, and boasts reassuring reserves of passing and merging muscle. There drivetrain is just not good, nevertheless, we discovered the transmission susceptible looking and extreme shifting at low velocity and when decelerating. The around-town transmission busyness can show annoying in stop-and-go visitors, however trails off as speeds climb.
The Sequoia rivals the Expedition for the title of best-handling massive SUV. It feels nicely managed in most conditions, and doesn’t lean in corners with the identical sloppiness of different huge rigs. Additionally, by our seats of the pants, the TRD Pro rides extra comfortably than the Capstone we examined final yr. We suspect the Pro’s extra beneficiant tire sidewalls (275/65R-18 vs. the Capstone’s 265/50R-22) play a job is smoothing out the experience.
And as for the departed V8 engine: When final we examined an 8-cylinder-equipped Sequoia, we noticed a mixed 15.4 mpg in principally freeway driving. In principally metropolis driving, our 2024 tester returned 16.5 mpg, a greater than 1 mpg enchancment. The fuel-economy bump is made moreover spectacular provided that the brand new Sequoia boasts 56 extra horsepower.
There’s an intangible worth to the TRD Pro that doesn’t play too nicely in our goal analysis: Presence. During our analysis our take a look at truck garnered quite a few feedback concerning the colour and basic visible enchantment of the truck, all fairly constructive. Indeed, the Sequoia seems to be the a part of rugged, post-apocalyptic survivor, in the very best method.
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