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2020 Toyota Sequoia Review

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The 2020 Toyota Sequoia is an eight-passenger, off-road capable family hauler with a starting price just shy of $50,000. It’s not Toyota’s fanciest SUV, nor is it the most-powerful among its rivals, but it does have a lot of room and a standard V8 engine — it could haul your kids, the groceries and a light RV without complaint. It also maintains a strong resale value, as Toyota vehicles are known for reliability.

2020 Toyota Sequoia pricing and trims

The least expensive Sequoia will set you back $49,905 before taxes and fees. These things, commonly known as TT&L (tax, title and licensing), are not included in the MSRP, so keep that in mind while shopping.

TrimSR5TRD SportLimitedPlatinumTRD Pro

2020 Toyota Sequoia Pricing and Trims
Trim SR5 TRD Sport Limited Platinum TRD Pro
Base MSRP $49,905 $52,620 $58,915 $65,945 NA
4×4 MSRP $53,130 $55,845 $62,140 $69,170 $64,030
Standard Features V8 Engine, Toyota Safety Sense P, LED Headlights, 8-Passenger Seating, Power Moonroof, Trailer Sway Control Sport-Tuned Suspension with Bilstein Shocks, 20″ Black Alloy Wheels, TRD Badging Heated Leather Front Seating, Power Liftgate, Power-Fold Third Row, Available Upgrades Ventilated Front Seats, Navigation, Premium Audio, Rear-Seat Entertainment Four-Wheel Drive, LED Fog Lights, Black Leather, TRD-Tuned FOX Shocks, 18″ Aluminum Alloy Wheels

Seating. The default seating option is for eight, thanks to two rows of bench seats in the back; each of these benches seat up to three, bringing up the total seating capacity.

On the Limited trim, however, you have the option of turning the second row bench seat into two captain’s chairs. This will allow for easier access to the third row, but brings down the total seating capacity to seven. To get it, you have to select the $1,365 package called “Premium JBL Audio and Convenience Package with Options.”

Seven-passenger seating is standard on the Platinum and TRD Pros trims.

Premium package. On the two lowest trims, you have the option to add a “premium package” for $4,325, which includes leather seats; heated, 10-way, power-adjustable driver seats; power reclining and fold-flat third row seating; and premium audio and navigation. With this package, you could add features that are standard on the Limited and Platinum trims without upgrading all the way.

Premium JBL Audio and Convenience Package. On the Limited Trim, you have the option to add this $1,065 package, which adds premium audio with 14 speakers, including an amplifier and subwoofer; memory driver’s seat and outside mirrors; and dynamic navigation. As we mentioned earlier, for $300 more, you get two captain’s chairs in the second row instead of a bench seat.

Powertrain. Powering all trims of the Sequoia is the standard 5.7L V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, which gives 381 horsepower with 401 lb-ft of torque. Four-wheel drive is available on any trim for an additional $3,225, except the TRD Pro which only comes in 4WD.

What’s next? Once you pick out your vehicle, you’ll probably need a vehicle loan. Potential lenders include Toyota financing or your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree and get up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders, depending on your creditworthiness. It does not hurt your credit to apply to several lenders any more than it does to apply to one, as long as you do the applications within a window of 14-days — and some credit scoring methods may even allow you up to 45 days.

2020 Toyota Sequoia safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Sequoia four out of five stars in rollover crash tests — it has not yet awarded it an overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated it at all.

To help avoid a crash in the first place, the Toyota Safety Sense P comes standard, including the following advanced driver assistance features:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. If the car senses something or someone in front of it, it alerts the driver audibly and visually and applies the brakes if the driver does not.
  • Lane Departure Alert. At speeds at or above 32 MPH, the car will alert the driver audibly and visually if it senses that it is drifting out of the lane, and will make small steering adjustments to help stay in the lane.
  • Automatic High Beams. At speeds above 25 MPH, the car will automatically toggle between high and low beams accordingly to allow greater driver visibility.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. While the driver has cruise control on, the car will automatically slow down or speed up, without cruise control deactivating, as conditions call for it due to other vehicles within range. The car can also alert the driver if more speed reduction is needed and apply the brakes.

Not part of the Toyota Safety Sense P, but also standard are:

  • Blind Spot Monitor. The vehicle can alert the driver visually and audibly when it senses another car in one of its blind spots.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert. When in reverse, the vehicle can alert the driver of any on-coming cross traffic.

If you’re particularly interested in these because you’ll be facing foul weather, you could also check out the best vehicles for snow. Be aware though that all this technology is made to assist drivers, not replace them. As corny as it may sound, the best safety feature the car has is an alert driver.

2020 Toyota Sequoia competitor comparison

It’s a crowded field when it comes to the best full-size SUVs, including competitors like the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition, which also seat at least eight and offer plenty of available upgrades.

Like the Sequoia, the Tahoe offers a standard V8 engine, but few standard advanced driver features. The Expedition has the highest overall rating by experts and MPG, along with the highest starting price by about $3,000. Both made our list of the best cars for soccer moms.

2020 Toyota Sequoia vs Competitors
Vehicle 2020 Toyota Sequoia 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe 2020 Ford Expedition
Base MSRP $49,905 $49,000 $52,810
Expert Scores 3.8* 4 4.3
Standard Technology V8 Engine, Toyota Safety Sense P, LED Headlights,, Power Moonroof V8 Engine, Rear Park Assist, 8″ Touch Screen, Teen Driver System Ford Co-Pilot360, Keyless Entry/Ignition, Rearview Camera with Gridlines and Washer
Fuel Economy Combined / City / Highway 15/13/17 MPG 18/15/22 MPG 20/17/24 MPG

*Lacked Edmunds rating as of press time.

All MSRPs are the lowest base price for each model. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings when available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

If you’re interested in the best towing vehicles, the Sequoia didn’t make the list because its 7,400 lbs tow rating is rather low for the segment. As we mentioned earlier, it could haul an RV, but only a light one.

If the passenger capacity is what catches your eye, an eight-person capacity is hard to beat without getting a van. Our best family cars focuses on capacity and comfort.

The bottom line on the 2020 Toyota Sequoia

The Sequoia may suit you if you’re looking for a long-lasting, full-size SUV and you’re not too concerned about MPG or towing power. However, it faces strong competition: Ford has sold eight times as many Expeditions than Toyota has sold Sequoias so far in 2019. Still, brand loyalty to Toyota may sway you.


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