2020 Toyota Sequoia in Rhode Island
The 2020 Toyota Sequoia has everything that buyers in the market for a full-sized, three-row SUV are looking for. It’s plenty spacious for passengers and cargo alike, plus it’s a beast when you take it off the pavement and into the dust (especially with the all-new TRD Pro trim level). But connectivity is just as crucial, and for the first time ever it includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto within its improved 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. To top it off, the all-inclusive Toyota Safety Sense-P system of advanced driver aids is now standard for all Sequoia trims. This all adds up to a very attractive combination of state-of-the-art technology, spacious comfort, capability, and refinement.
Trims and Powertrain
The latest Sequoia comes in five trim levels: SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Pro, Limited, and Platinum. Each of these trims generates its power from a 5.7-liter 381 horsepower V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive is standard for all trims, and four-wheel drive is optional. The SR5 and Limited grades have bench seats in the second and third rows and seat up to eight, while the second-row captain’s chairs on the TRD Sport, TRD Pro, and Platinum models bring the seating capacity down to seven.
The base SR5 is dressed to the nines with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, a second-row bench seat, and a 60/40-split reclining and fold-flat third-row bench. Optional for this trim are leather upholstery, a power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, and a power-reclining/-folding third-row seat. The TRD Sport is geared more towards the off-roader, with sport-tuned Bilstein dampers and stiffer front and rear anti-sway bars; it also gets unique badging, a black grille insert, and a black roof rack. The TRD Pro builds on this equipment by including Rigid fog lights, running boards, trim-specific embroidery, skid plates, Fox shocks, and all-weather floor mats.
With the Limited, most of the SR5’s add-ons are included on top of power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a power rear liftgate with jam protection, and rear side window sunshades. With the ultimately outfitted Platinum, all of the Limited’s features are included in addition to an adaptive variable suspension, ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.
Technology and Active Safety
The SR5 and TRD Sport are both set up with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual USB ports, voice recognition, Bluetooth, HD and satellite radio, and an eight-speaker sound system. Integrated navigation can be included as an option, which the TRD Pro gets as standard in addition to a premium 14-speaker JBL audio system. The Limited also gets navigation but only receives a regular 12-speaker audio system. Unlike the TRD Pro, though, the Limited is eligible for a rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray, which the Platinum gets as standard.
As mentioned before, all Sequoias come with the Toyota Safety Sense-P system, which includes active safety features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.