Toyota Sequoia was first presented to the market in 2000 and last changes delivered to this full size SUV were made in 2008. We have received few new details about the 2013 model and it seams that full overhaul of this vehicle might be in the next few years.
As we said before, the exterior of the Sequoia will remain relatively untouched, aesthetically at least. It will boast the same aerodynamic-friendly mirrors, wipers, A-pillars, and roof rack that last year’s model did. The undercarriage will also boast the same styling to help reduce drag. This gives the Sequoia a rather impressive 0.36 drag coefficient – better than many smaller crossovers.
Overall, the exterior of the Sequoia really shows that Toyota is dedicated to keeping the SUV what it has historically been – a truck with the comfort of a car. It sits nice and high, giving you a full view of the road ahead. Though it boasts great aerodynamics for such a large vehicle, its overall appearance is very tough. Its flat face, long body and steep-dropping hatch are all keys taken from SUVs of yesteryear.
A new addition for 2013 is a set of standard headlamp washers, to help keep your vision as clear as possible. The Limited package gets you a few extra details on the outside, like power-retracting mirrors, glare resistant mirrors and mirror-mounted turn-signal lamps. When you upgrade to the Platinum package you will get all of the Limited features plus mirror-mounted puddle lamps, mirror position memory and reverse-linked tilt functions.
For those that opt for either of the higher trim levels – Limited or Platinum – the 2013 Sequoia comes with a set of front and rear parking sensors that let you know when you get this large SUV a little too close to an object or car. With this beast measuring in at 205.1 inches long x 79.9 inches wide x 77 inches tall, you’re likely going to want all of the parking assistance you can get.
The majority of the Sequoia’s interior, much like the exterior, is a carryover from last year. It will continue to seat a whopping eight adults and provide plenty of space for each. You can opt for second-row captain’s chairs, which will decrease the Sequoia’s seating to seven passengers. It will boast a total of three rows, with the last two rows folding – the second row is a 40:20:20 split and the third row is a 60:40 split.
For families, the number of cupholders in their car is still a key buying feature and the Sequoia delivers 16 “extra-large” cupholder on the SR5 and Limited models, and the Platinum model tosses in 18 cupholders.
Being an SUV, we also have to take a look at the interior utility of the Sequoia. This massive SUV can carry cargo with a length of up to 11 feet, with both rear rows folded flat. The total cargo capacity with the seats folded is an 120.1 cubic-feet, giving you plenty of space to load it up.
Okay, first things first; Toyota has officially eliminated the underwhelming 310-horsepower, 327-pound-feet 4.6-liter V-8 engine. Now standard on all trim levels is the iForce 5.7-liter V-8 engine, which cranks out 581 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. You have access to over 90 percent of the maximum torque from as low as 2,000 rpm, giving you diesel-lie takeoff when towing.
With this engine comes dual-independent VVT-i, which helps fine-tune the valve timing for optimal performance and fuel economy. Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) actually varies the length of the intake tract, which helps optimize the torque curve, giving you a flatter curve and better towing capacity across the rpm spectrum. The engine drives the wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission that boasts a flexible torque converter lock-up control. This allows the vehicle to have three different overdrive gears – one in fourth, fifth and sixth gear. The Sequoia will come standard in rear-wheel drive, but has the option for multi-Mode four-wheel drive. This system utilizes a pair of transfer cases with a TORSEN limited-slip center diff. This system allows you to run an open differential or lock it in at the push of a button, when needed.
Depending on how you equip the 2013 Sequoia, it can tow up to 7,400 lbs, which is a carryover from last year. We are uncertain exactly what it tows from the base level, but we would assume it will be slightly greater than the 6,900-pound base capacity that it had last year. The standard tow package helps keep your load in check, thanks to its Traction Trailer Sway Control and Vehicle Stability Control. This helps take some of the swaying created by towing a trailer behind you away. A tow/haul option on the 2013 Sequoia will allow you to change the shift points of the transmission to optimize its low-end torque. Lastly, the tow hitch is a one-piece unit with the frame, as opposed to a bolt-on unit.
There are no official mpg figures for the 2013 Sequoia yet, but we assume it will carry over the 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive, and 13 mpg city, 17 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined with four-wheel drive. Though it’s a hulking SUV, we do expect some decent performance from it, as last year’s model was tested at 6.7 seconds to 60 mph.
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