The upcoming 2018 Toyota Sequoia does not look much different compared to the existing version, as it is. The truck roots are evident and the boxy build is still there. The Toyota is quite busy these days, sprucing up its lineup across various segments in the automobile industry. The Japanese car giant is also revamping its existing SUV lineups. This explains why the aging Sequoia SUV is getting a revamp.
The huge SUV has the truck origin and over the years it has been facing tough competition from rivals from stables of GM and Nissan. The Toyota has introduced new trim and added some visual enhancements to give it some more oomph for 2018. It was exhibited at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
2018 Toyota Sequoia – Revamped Front Fascia
The grille of the new model and headlamps get a revamp. The corners are a tad rounded as well. You get to pick from 4 trim levels- SR5, Limited, Platinum, and TRD Sport. The SUV will be sold in hues like sizzling crimson mica, midnight black metallic, toasted walnut pearl, blizzard pearl, silver sky metallic etc. All trims get LED headlights and LED fog lights. The TRD Sport gets exclusive styled grille and bumper.
The cabin of 2018 Toyota Sequoia has been spruced up but you will not call it lavish, barring for the new TRD Sports trim. The three row SUV has a default cargo space of 18.9 cu. ft. TRD Sport gets special floor mats and unique upholstery. The first two rows are adult friendly but the same thing cannot be said about the third row. Toyota offers enough storage cubbies in the cabin. However, it is sad that the Sequoia still has plenty of hard and cheap looking plastic in the cabin.
Safety and Amenities
The Toyota has also upped the ante in terms of safety and amenities for the 2018 Sequoia. Each trim gets features like 18-inch alloy wheels, three-zone automatic climate control, sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, heated power outside mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers and leather-trimmed steering wheel. The trims also get remote keyless entry, Overhead console with storage, Multi-function center console, 12V auxiliary power outlet etc.
The limited trim gets Chrome door handles, 20-in. alloy wheels, Power liftgate, Premium Audio with Navigation, Leather-front seats with heating. Furthermore, the TRD Sport trim gets blacked out exterior, performance equipment, and special wheels. The Platinum trim adds adaptive cruise control, simulated wood interior trim, enhanced JBL audio system, perforated leather seats and Blu-ray player. Toyota’s new Entune infotainment system is better than what it used to be and Smartphone integration also works fine.
2018 Toyota Sequoia gets Toyota Safety Sense suite. It includes radar cruise control system, forward-collision warning, automatic high-beam headlights and lane-departure warning. Of course, you get several airbags.
Powertrain Setup of the 2018 Toyota Sequoia
You get only one powertrain choice for 2018 Toyota Sequoia. The 5.7-liter V-8 engine is under the hood and it makes 381 HP. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox.
However, the maximum towing capacity stands at 7,400 lbs. It is in fuel economy department that the Sequoia lags behind most rivals. Below 20 MPG fuel economy figure is not just acceptable, even for a large sized SUV.
The engine is powerful but the aging 6-speed automatic gearbox cannot match the agility of 10-speed units used in rivals from GM and Ford. Ride quality is decent and Platinum trim’s variable air suspension can help ease things even more.
Expected MSRP and Availability
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia SUV will be released in a couple of months. The entry level trim price is $48,300 approx.
Summing it up
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is a nice large sized SUV that gets minor upgrades. The enhanced safety suite is welcome but the SUV still suffers from below average fuel economy.