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2014 Toyota Sequoia

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/30/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia adds three versions of the Entune system to allow full integration of mobile apps to the car's infotainment system.

Vehicle Summary

The Sequoia is one of Toyota's full-size SUVs, slotting above the Highlander and 4Runner, and below the luxury-oriented Land Cruiser. It is sold in SR5, Limited, and Platinum grades with four-wheel drive available as an option.

Overview

Toyota has kept the Sequoia largely unchanged since the current generation debuted for the 2008 model year. It is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 generating 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic, with rear- or four-wheel drive. An adjustable suspension is available on the Platinum trim, allowing drivers to choose between Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes. Fuel economy, as with most full-size SUVs, is unimpressive in the Sequoia with the EPA rating it at 13/17 mpg city/highway for rear- and four-wheel drive models.

The 2014 Sequoia's interior is well-appointed particularly Platinum models, which include perforated leather, 12-way power driver's seat with memory, navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and heated captain's chairs in the second row. While the design of the dashboard may not be to everyone's tastes, for the most part the controls remain user-friendly and within the driver's reach. The Sequoia offers generous space for up to eight passengers and is an ideal vehicle for long drives, offering levels of comfort that rival luxury cars.

The 2014 Sequoia has a four-star rating on the rollover test from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) but has not been evaluated by the IIHS.

What We Think

Despite minimal changes and improvements over the years, the Sequoia remains a viable full-size SUV due to some models' luxurious appointments, roomy interior, and comfortable ride. In a 2008 First Drive review, we said that it had a "Lexus-like list of features" in the Platinum trim. Additionally, in a comparison from the same year against the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and Nissan Armada, the Sequoia won due to its luxurious appointments, comfortable ride, and quiet cabin. However, where the SUV falters is the use of hard plastics in the cabin where "it looks better in photos than in the flesh."

You'll Like

  • Luxury car comfort
  • Roomy cabin
  • Flexible interior

You Won't Like

  • Cheap plastics on the dash
  • Disappointing fuel economy
  • Gimmicky center stack design

Key Competitors

  • Nissan Armada
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Ford Expedition
  • GMC Yukon

Rating

3 star

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