If Southern California has its sun, sand and surf, Northern California has its redwoods and Sequoias. Native to Northern California, these trees are the largest in the world. They are big, strong and beautiful.
So the naming of Toyota’s all-new, full-size SUV — the 2023 Toyota Sequoia — is more appropriate than ever for Northern California drivers who are looking for long-lasting quality, durability and reliability on and off the road. The 2023 Toyota Sequoia aims to elevate the full-size SUV segment with luxurious comfort, impressive technology and breath-taking performance.
Power, Performance and Efficiency
This third-generation Sequoia is “all-new” in every way. All 2023 Sequoias will feature the powerful twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-FORCE MAX powertrain. First unveiled with the Tundra, this hybrid produces 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. of torque, along with maximum performance and efficiency thanks to a unique motor generator between the twin-turbo engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission.
Sequoia will be offered in 2WD or the available part-time 4WD system on SR5, Limited, Platinum and Capstone grades. TRD Pro will be offered only in 4WD. The part-time 4WD system relies on a transfer case, controlled via a lever on the center console, to select between 2WD, 4WD high or 4WD low.
Doing it All
Built with versatility and the open road in mind, the 2023 Sequoia is rooted in a modern body-on-frame chassis with a fully boxed frame that shares architectures with the all-new Tundra and all-new global Land Cruiser, which is built on the same platform as the Lexus. The purpose of this platform is to provide excellent handling, supreme comfort and impressive capability.
The three-row SUV delivers multiple configurations for seating and cargo. Depending on the grade, second-row passengers get bench seating or captain’s chairs, either of which recline for passenger comfort or fold down forward if larger cargo space is needed. Third-row passengers benefit from a spacious reclining backseat with available power folding. They also benefit from a feature that allows the third row to slide with 6 inches of adjustment range and fold down to complement the different storage positions of the new Adjustable Cargo Shelf System, a removable shelf that can be set in a variety of storage positions depending upon the situation.
Towing — whether it be a trailer, boat or RV — is high on that list of demands from drivers. That’s why the Sequoia offers up to 9,000-pound maximum towing capacity, a nearly 22% increase over the prior generation. The Tow Tech Package, available on all grades but standard on TRD Pro and Capstone, offers a suite of features that include Trailer Backup Guide to aid in backing up the SUV with a trailer, and Straight Path Assist which helps provide steering control to keep the trailer straight on its intended path when backing up.
The Sequoia is family-friendly as well. Each grade has its own unique look and feel, but the styling had primary objectives that would carry across the lineup. “Our primary design goal for Sequoia was to create a sophisticated, yet tough and active lifestyle SUV that looks capable of handling a diversity of big adventure needs,” says Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota America’s design studio. “That holds true whether it’s a night out on the town with friends, towing a boat to the lake with family or taking a more extreme off-road adventure.”
New Toyota Audio Multimedia
A large 8-inch or available 14-inch touchscreen controls the all-new Toyota Audio Multimedia system which offers an improved user experience thanks to new sight, touch and voice activation. An Intelligent Assistant responds to simple phrases like “Hey Toyota” and awakens the system for voice-activated commands to search for directions, find POIs, adjust audio controls, change the cabin temperatures and more. The Google data is integrated to ensure up-to-date search capability. It also supports standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility.
Toyota Audio Multimedia allows for simultaneous dual Bluetooth phone connectivity. A Wi-Fi Connect subscription offers 4G connectivity for up to five devices by turning Sequoia into an AT&T Hotspot*, and it also offers the ability to link your separate Apple Music® and Amazon Music subscriptions to your vehicle with Integrated Streaming.
Toyota Safety Sense
All Sequoia grades come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. This active safety system includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that features multiple enhancements over the previous generation, including not only detecting the vehicle ahead but also a pedestrian in low light, bicyclist in daytime, an oncoming vehicle and a pedestrian at intersections when making a turn.
Automatic High Beams are designed to detect preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switch between high beam and low beam headlights. Road Sign Assist is designed to recognize certain road sign information using a forward-facing camera and display them on the multi-information display (MID).
Other standard safety features include Blind Spot Monitor, which is designed to help detect and warn you of vehicles approaching or positioned in the adjacent lanes. Rear Cross Traffic Alert helps detect vehicles approaching from either side while backing out and alerting you with a visual and audible warning. The Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking is designed to implement brake control when there’s a possibility of a collision with a stationary object, approaching vehicle or while parking.
We expect to have the all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoias available at City Toyota in Daly City in the summer. Our experienced team of Toyota enthusiasts are here to help you explore their different trims, features, and capabilities so you can find the new Toyota that works best for your driving needs. Shop new Toyotas at City Toyota in Daly City, CA, or find a great value Certified Pre-Owned Toyota or other high-quality used cars at City Toyota. And when it comes time for your next Toyota service, trust the factory-trained and certified Toyota technicians at the City Toyota Service Department in Daly City, California.
*Certain features include a trial period at no extra cost upon original date of new vehicle purchase or lease. After the trial period ends, a paid subscription is required. More details on trial periods and subscription-based features can be found at https://www.toyota.com/connected-services/.