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2015 Toyota Sequoia

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/26/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia is unchanged.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Sequoia is a full-size three-row SUV sold in three grades and in rear- or four-wheel drive configurations. A 5.7-liter V-8 with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission is the only powertrain available.

Overview

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia possesses impressive capability due to its standard V-8 engine, which allows it to tow up to 7,400 pounds and give it good acceleration for such a large vehicle. The six-speed automatic's manual mode also gives drivers a little more control by allowing driver's to up- or down-shift whenever necessary. However, those capabilities come at the cost of fuel efficiency with an EPA rating of 13/17 mpg city/highway for rear- and four-wheel drive variants. Steering feel is another weak point with a "light and numb" feel, detracting from a decent handling large SUV.

Interior space is generous with seating for up to eight passengers and up to 120 cubic feet of space with the second and third rows folded down. Build quality is another 2015 Sequoia strong suit with high quality materials that rival luxury cars and a long list of features that include 12-way-adjustable driver's seat with memory, Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment, and heated second-row captain's chairs. The Sequoia's cabin falls short in the design and build of the center stack, which is mainly hard plastic.

The 2015 Sequoia has a four-star rollover safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

Despite its aging powertrain and lack of updates, the 2015 Sequoia remains viable for buyers seeking a full-size SUV with ample room, generous towing capability, all-weather capability, and a luxurious cabin. In a 2008 comparison test, we said that the Toyota Sequoia was superior because it had little compromise with its powerful engine, cavernous interior, upscale appointments, and capable four-wheel-drive system. Platinum-grade Sequoias, in particular, have cabins with "a Lexus-like list of features" including a 14-speaker JBL audio system and adjustable suspension. The dash made of hard plastic and "gimmicky center stack" detracts from the SUV's luxurious cabin because it reveals the Sequoia's truck roots. Its independent rear suspension setup distinguishes it from the Tundra with a softer, more comfortable ride and allows for "a low, fold-flat cargo area and better third row space."

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-8
  • Spacious cabin
  • All-weather capability

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Little steering feel
  • Hard plastic dash ruins a plush interior

Key Competitors

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

Rating

3 star

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