The rugged and masculine 2017 Toyota Sequoia is an old-school SUV that is traditional yet completely capable. This model is based on the previous generation of Tundra pickup truck. It is well built, and its masculine appearance makes sure that it isn’t mistaken for a crossover. Although it is not a luxury vehicle, the car manufacturer has been quite thoughtful about it, with road noise being kept out of the cabin.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – External Body Parts and Inner Cosmetic Changes
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is available in three trim levels- SR5, Limited and range-topping Platinum trim. The design of this model is based on the design of previous generation’s Tundra pickup truck. Its muscular appearance might as well be less appealing for some. The truck roots of this vehicle have not been disguised, which would be good for buyers who love minivans.
This model even shares its underpinnings with the last generation Tundra pickup truck. However, with this model, the platform allows better handling and riding capability. Good stability is ensured by a four-wheel independent suspension, although its composure might be compromised on undulating terrain. For a vehicle with body on frame construction, the ride quality of 2017 Toyota Sequoia is quite good. The independent rear suspension plays a vital role in improving the ride quality.
As far as the interior appointment of this model is concerned, it predictably feels like a full-size pickup truck in front. There are two spacious rows which give it a wagon-like feel. The instrument panel available is completely functional and doesn’t look too plain.
Buyers are given the option to opt for a dual captain’s chair, which would replace second-row bench. However, this would reduce the overall seating capacity of Sequoia to seven passengers. A flat cargo floor can be created by folding the second and third rows.
Just like its competitors, the third row of the cabin is best suited for children, although it does feel more spacious in this model. On the technological feature front, the 2017 Toyota Sequoia lacks behind its competitors due to lack of features like several USB ports and push-button start. It doesn’t even come with automatic emergency braking, which is not surprising given its age. However, front side and knee airbags are provided for passenger and driver safety.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Powertrain Configuration
Previously, Sequoia offered buyers the option to choose from two V8 engines. With 2017 model, Toyota has limited the engine offering to just a 5.7-liter V8 unit capable of generating 381 hp along with 401 lb-ft of torque. Rear Wheel Drive is available as standard while Four Wheel Drive is available optionally. The model offers a fuel economy of 13/17/15 mpg for city/highway/combined.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Price, Release Date, Competition
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia will be available in 2017 with a base price of $40,930, which would rise to higher trim levels.
The Toyota Sequoia 2017 faces fierce competition from models like GMC Yukon, Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Toyota Highlander as well. Almost all its competitors have been redesigned relatively recently. In comparison, it has been a long time since Sequoia has been redesigned, with the model being refreshed last in 2013.