The newly introduced Capstone tops a trim lineup that also includes the SR5, Limited, Platinum, and TRD Pro. Making headlines with this latest Sequoia is the switch to a hybrid powertrain: a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter six-cylinder and an electric motor combine to put out 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission is an electronically controlled 10-speed automatic. The Sequoia is a true SUV with a standard rear-wheel drivetrain, but four-wheel drive is available on every trim (and standard on the TRD Pro). It also comes through with abundant space: when the two back rows aren’t needed for seating, they can be folded flat to reveal 86.9 cubic feet of area for cargo. The ’23 Sequoia is a stalwart when it comes to towing. The capacity varies by trim level and drivetrain, with the peak range spanning from 8,980 to 9,520 pounds.
As mentioned, the big news with this redesign is the fuel efficiency boost. The RWD version is EPA-estimated to achieve 21 mpg around town and 24 mpg on the highway, while with 4WD those numbers are 19 city and 22 highway. The intelligent hybrid powertrain uses all-electric power almost entirely below 18 mph for the ultimate fuel economy.
With eight-way power front seats, three-person bench seats for both the second and third row, and three zones of automatic climate control, the base SR5 seats eight passengers in full comfort. Its other features are proximity keyless entry, cloth seating, LED headlights, a power moonroof, push-button ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with manual tilt/telescopic, a customizable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, power heated exterior mirrors with turn-signal indicators, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Upgrades supplied by the optional Premium Package are SofTex upholstery, a hands-free liftgate, a power-folding third row, and some infotainment upgrades (see the Connectivity section later on this page). SR5s equipped with 4WD qualify for the TRD Off-Road Package to add a skid plate and bolster the suspension and other components for driving off pavement.
SofTex upholstery comes standard on the Limited, which also gets heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, position memory for the driver’s seat, and some trim-specific exterior accents, including 20-inch alloy wheels. This trim can also add the TRD Off-Road Package (4WD models only), and the following a la carte options are also offered: a power panoramic moonroof, power running boards, and power-extending tow mirrors.
Second-row captain’s chairs reduce the Platinum’s capacity to seven, albeit with the ultimate comfort for the two in that middle row, especially since the chairs are heated and ventilated. Leather upholstery is also standard, along with upgraded LED headlights, a power panoramic moonroof, upgraded LED headlights, wireless device charging, interior ambient lighting, and special exterior accents. The power running boards and a load-leveling rear height control air suspension are optional.
Sequoia shoppers who are interested in going off-road should head straight for the TRD Pro, which gets similar equipment to the Limited, but with the contents of the TRD Off-Road Package coming standard. Its other bonuses are dual exhaust, an LED light bar, SofTex seats with camouflage inserts, and extra-rugged exterior LED lighting. The power panoramic moonroof is available on its own. We’ve already mentioned the plush Capstone and the numerous creature comforts – such as semi-aniline leather with contrast stitching – that make it the ultimate 2023 Sequoia. It also boasts ten-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way power-adjustable lumbar support, a power third-row bench, a 10-inch color head-up display (optional for the Platinum), walnut woodgrain trim, exterior chrome accents, and 22-inch alloy wheels.
Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 is a standard Sequoia feature, adding a full complement of advanced driver-assist technologies. The list includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane-tracing assist, and road sign assist. Trailer merge warning is available, as are blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking assist with automatic braking.
Toyota has aimed this SUV at modern families, and as such it has all of the sought-after infotainment features. The base infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen while the higher trims get a 14-inch version (the SR5 Premium Package will add this upgrade to the base trim). The sound system is an eight-speaker edition in the SR5, while the Limited is eligible to upgrade to the 14-speaker JBL unit that comes standard on the TRD Pro and Capstone. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Toyota Connected Services are standard fare on every ’23 Sequoia.