The 2023 Toyota Sequoia full-size 3-row SUV is the first of a new generation. As the second generation before it, this new Sequoia is the most luxurious SUV in Toyota’s portfolio, almost overlapping into Lexus territory, as well as being extremely capable off-road while displaying excellent on-road behavior.
Built on a fresh platform that also underpins the latest Lexus LX and Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs, as well as the Toyota Tundra pickup, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia still employs a traditional body-on-frame construction. This means that weight is inevitable, but there’s also a corresponding sturdiness that helps the Sequoia achieve its maximum towing capability.
In the past, such heft also contributed to the outgoing model’s dire fuel economy. This time around, a hybrid powertrain provides an intelligent solution to this conundrum, with selectable driving modes to add greater flexibility. Toyota’s engineers have also deployed various construction techniques to reduce mass compared with the older SUV.
For extra reassurance, the hybrid powertrain has an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty, with the battery covered for 10 years or 150,000 miles — whichever occurs first. This third-generation Sequoia heads to Toyota dealerships in summer 2022.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with the iForce MAX hybrid powertrain that’s optional in the Tundra pickup. This powertrain is comprised of a twin-turbo 3.4-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor that produces a total of 437 hp and 583 pound-feet of torque.
The Tundra’s 10-speed automatic transmission carries over to the Sequoia SUV as well. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive optional on most versions—and standard on the off-road-oriented TRD Pro model.
The TRD Pro also comes with off-road equipment such as upgraded shocks, a front skid plate, a locking rear differential, and different 18-inch wheels.