2021 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP $49,980

Ranked #11 in Fullsize Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

2021 Toyota Sequoia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Toyota is a brand that’s synonymous with brilliant engineering and bullet-proof reliability. The Sequoia is one of the most muscular SUVs available in their lineup. However, while there were rumors that the Sequoia will go through a complete redesign this year, that is not the case and it is pushed for 2022. The Sequoia is a three-row family mover with its rugged design and great off-road capabilities. It carries the same engine as that in the previous year’s model which has an impressive towing capacity. 

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Pros

Best-in-class towing capacity

Reliable and punchy V8 motor

Excellent cargo capacity

Many driver assistance features come as standard

Cons

Outdated interior and exterior styling

Poor fuel economy

Choppy ride quality

What's New?

All-new Nightshade Package introduced with all-black exterior trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49980

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

346 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

401 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed ECT Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.9/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

122 in.

length

205.1 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

77 in.

curb weight

5730 lbs.

ground clearance

9.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

19 cu ft.

towing capacity

7400 lbs.

payload capacity

1405 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

18.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR5$49,980 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Toyota Sequoia in Midnight Black Metallic color
Midnight Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

7.2

Exterior

6.3

Safety

9.9

Competition

7.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2021 Toyota Sequoia has been much awaited by its fans and is expected to dominate the market. The price for the SUV starts at $50,400 and goes all the way up to $69,675, veering into the premium price bracket. The main competitors of the 2021 Sequoia are Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and GMC Yukon, each one of them equally appealing as compared to the others. Can the Toyota Sequoia emerge as the top full-size SUV for 2021 in the US? Let’s find out.

2021 Toyota Sequoia SUV Front View
2021 Toyota Sequoia SUV Rear View

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.2/10
Interior

6.3/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Toyota Sequoia Features

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia is offered in a total of six trim levels over the five from the previous model year, the Nightshade trim being the newest entrant. The Sequoia comes in a well-equipped form right from the base trim and surprises with a handsome list of standard safety techs and driver assistance systems. Despite being a full-size SUV, the vehicle is offered in a hardcore off-roading trim, the TRD Pro, and equips it with a standard 4WD layout and extreme off-road specific enhancements such as a pair of Rigid Industries foglamps, skid plates, and Fox shock absorbers.

Trim

SR5

TRD Sport

TRD Pro

Limited

Nightshade

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$50,100

$52,695

N/A

$58,990

$60,120

$66,020

MSRP (4WD)

$53,205

$55,920

$64,525

$62,215

$66,355

$69,245

Key Features

LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature

TRD sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks

LED foglights from Rigid Industries

Leather-trimmed seating and heated front seats

60/40 Split Flat Folding 3rd Row Seats

Perforated leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats

 

Seating for eight

20-in. TRD Sport black alloy wheels

Fox shock absorbers

Power liftgate

Black Roof Rails

Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi with 14 speakers

 

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

Gloss-black grille with chrome surround

Skid plates

Leather-trimmed power fold-flat third-row seat

Smart Key System w/Push Button Start

Rear-seat Blu-ray Disc player with wireless headphones and remote

 

Front and rear parking assist

LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto on/off feature

18-inch wheels from BBS

Available 7-passenger seating with leather trim and second-row captain's chair

Three-Zone Front & Rear Automatic Climate Control

Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)

   

TRD door sill protectors 

Power-operated liftgate

Available Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fiwith 14 speakers

   
   

TRD shift knob and TRD-embroidered floor mats

       

Which trim should you buy?

We recommend you to go for the 2021 Toyota Sequoia SR5 trim as it proves to be the most value out of all by including many features in the base trim itself. If you seek a serious off-roading experience with the SUV, the TRD Pro would be the best option for you while the Limited would be best suited for the ones seeking luxury.

2021 Toyota Sequoia Engine and Performance

8.3/10

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia engine is a 5.7 L naturally aspirated V8 unit whipping out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque and it is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. 

2021 Toyota Sequoia SUV Engine Bay

With this setup, the SUV can easily accelerate from 0-60 in 7.1 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds which is impressive for an SUV this big. The motor follows the old-school theory, it’s big and powerful, as simple as that. It is potent enough to lug around this almost 6,000 lbs heavy SUV effortlessly around the urban jungle as well as out on the interstate highways too. The refinement levels are on point and the moment you floor the gas pedal there is a strong surge of power along with a deep growl from the motor.

Models 

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2021 Ford Expedition 

2021 GMC Yukon 

MSRP

$50,100

$50,295

$54,504

$51,995

Engine

5.7L V8

5.3L V8

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6

5.3L V8

Drivetrain 

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission 

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

381 hp @ 5,600 RPM

355 hp @ 5,600 RPM

375 hp @ 5,000 RPM

355 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

401 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

470 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.1

6.0

6.7

7.1

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.3

16.7

15.5

16.5

Here, the Chevrolet Tahoe beats the rivals in the 0-60 race because the SUV is light and nimble as compared to its rivals clocking 6 seconds. The Sequoia, on the other hand, is the slowest because of its sheer curb weight which affects its performance but it makes up for its slow acceleration with its better top speed than others and hence has better quarter-mile timing. 

How well does the 2021 Toyota Sequoia handle?

The Toyota Sequoia is based on the same platform as that of the pickups offered by Toyota. Hence, its handling feels like a pickup and not an SUV. Also, the massive size and weight of the Toyota Sequoia is an issue that affects its handling and performance. 

The suspension is on the balanced side due to which it can absorb potholes and speed-breakers without breaking a sweat, offering a comfortable ride. The vehicle is not fun to ride around the corners, however, as it understeers quite often.

Braking Performance

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia comes with disc brakes and ABS on all four wheels complemented with 13.9-inch ventilated rotors which are very effective and capable of stopping this SUV within no time. 

2021 Toyota Sequoia SUV Brakes

It also has a slew of braking features like electronic parking brakes, hill start assists, ABS with EBD, etc. The brakes are sharp and responsive which is very crucial for an SUV of this magnitude.

Models 

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2021 Ford Expedition 

2021 GMC Yukon 

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.9

15.6

13

15.6

Brakes Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

10.88

13.5

10.88

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,730

5,473

5,368

5,490

60-0 MPH (feet)

130

121

121

137

The Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition have the best braking performance when compared to the competitors. However, it doesn’t mean that the Toyota Sequoia has a poor braking performance. It just takes a longer distance to halt from 60mph which can be termed as decent since the SUV weighs nearly 6,000 lbs. The GMC Yukon has a disappointing braking performance considering its curb weight and size of the brake rotors.

2021 Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy

6.1/10

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia mpg ratings are lower than what the rivals in the segment offer owing to its aging and huge powertrain under the hood. The 5.7L V8 with the RWD provides 13 MPG in the city and about 17 MPG on the highway. However, the 4WD trim level is a bit less efficient and gives 12 MPG in the city and 16 MPG on the highways. The SUV also has a smaller than average gas tank of only 22.8 gallons which in turn delivers sub-par driving range figures managing a combined distance of 342 miles.

Models 

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2021 Ford Expedition 

2021 GMC Yukon 

MPG (City)

13

16

17

16

MPG (Highway)

17

20

24

20

MPG (Combined)

15

18

19

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

22.8

24.0

25.0 gallons

26 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

296/388/342

384/480/432

425/600/475

416/520/494

The Ford Expedition has an edge over others with a better range in the cities as well as in highways. Both the Chevrolet Tahoe and the GMC Yukon share similar fuel economy figures but the latter comes with a slightly bigger gas tank, hence offers better driving range figures.

2021 Toyota Sequoia Interior

7.2/10

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia interior is the same as that of the 2020 model year. Throughout the interior, there is two-tone leather upholstery apart from the Nightshade edition which has an all-black theme. The dashboard of the SUV looks like a typical Toyota SUV. All the buttons and controls are finished in chrome and are arranged symmetrically. The headroom is on the lower side for tall passengers but the huge and spacious cabin with more than adequate storage cubbies make up for it.

2021 Toyota Sequoia SUV Front Row Seats

The seats are very comfortable for long rides. The armrest is comfortable and wide enough for both the driver and the passenger. Towards the back, there is sufficient space for three adults. The third-row seats are small and suitable for kids or extra luggage items at the most. The cargo capacity is also on the lower side at 18.9 cu-ft on offer.

Models 

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2021 Ford Expedition 

2021 GMC Yukon

Seating Capacity 

8

8

8

8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

34.8/66.4/42.5

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.0/64.9/43.9

42.8/64.8/45.3

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

34.5/65.7/35.3

38.7/65.1/39.0

40.0/64.8/41.5

38.7/65.1/39.0

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

38.1/62.6/24.8

37.3/64.2/40.9

38.1/62.6/24.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

18.9

25.4

20.9

25.5

The Ford Expedition kills the competition when it comes to interior space. The overall cabin of the Expedition also feels premium and the comfort levels are adequate for all the passengers. Both the GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe take the top spot in terms of headroom for the front passengers and the Yukon also has a marginally bigger cargo space as well.

Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Powered sunroof
  • Electrically adjustable seats
  • Heated and ventilated front-row seats
  • Three-zone automatic climate control air conditioning
  • Heated steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Every Toyota Sequoia gets a 7-inch touchscreen HD infotainment display. The display is not sharp and also feels laggy at some times. A 4G LTE WiFi system will maintain a good internet connection inside the car.

2021 Toyota Sequoia SUV Infotainment Features

It has Bluetooth connectivity that will help you to connect your smartphone with the infotainment system. The display includes HD and SiriusXM satellite radio with USB and auxiliary ports. It also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in its tech suite. A 14 speaker JBL sound system will take the party to the roads. 

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 7-inch Touch-Screen HD Display
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • USB ports
  • Auxiliary ports
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 4G LTE WiFi 
  • 14 speaker JBL sound system

2021 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

6.3/10

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia exterior hasn’t been updated in years and is the same as the 2018 model year. However, it is expected that the 2022 Toyota Sequoia will get a complete redesign. For now, it gets full LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs that look sharp. 

2021 Toyota Sequoia SUV Front Angle View

The massive bumpers with a large grille look very muscular. The road presence of this car is better than any other SUV. The Nightshade trim gets an all-black treatment which adds 20-inch black alloy wheels that provide optimum grip on the road.

Models 

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2021 Ford Expedition 

2021 GMC Yukon

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,730

5,647

5,443

5,379

Length (inches)

205.1

210.7

210

210.0

Width (inches)

79.9

81.0

79.9

81.0

Height (inches)

77.0

75.9

76.6

76.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.9

7.9

9.8

8.0

Wheelbase (inches)

122.0

120.9

122.5

120.9

The wheelbase of the Ford Expedition is the longest amongst all whereas the ground clearance of the Toyota Sequoia is the highest too as compared to its competitors. The Chevrolet Tahoe gets a proper chunky and boxy American SUV looks from the outside but has a more modern appeal to it than the Sequoia. The GMC Yukon also looks the part while the Ford Expedition is focused on a more executive style exterior appeal rather than being too flashy and aggressive.

Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver blind-spot mirror
  • Rear spoiler with LED brake light
  • Optional TRD 18" Forged BBS matte black alloy wheels
  • Optional TRD Front Skid Plate

2021 Toyota Sequoia Safety

9.9/10

Both the NHTSA and the IIHS have not rated the 2021 Toyota Sequoia but that doesn’t make it an unsafe vehicle anyway. It comes with a superb build quality along with a plethora of standard driver assistance systems, making it quite a safe option in the segment.Some of the safety features of the 2021 Sequoia includes anti-lock brakes, stability, traction control, trailer-sway control, hill start assist, front and rear parking sensors, front knee airbags, front second and third-row airbags along with full-length side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. It also includes nine cameras for better outward vision. 

Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • High-definition surround vision camera
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane change alert with side blind-zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-keeping assist 
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active lane control
  • Automatic emergency braking

2021 Toyota Sequoia Competition

7.0/10

2021 Toyota Sequoia vs 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe has better acceleration than the Toyota Sequoia all because of its lighter weight. But, it has even worse ride quality than the Sequoia which is a major downgrade. The price of both cars is almost the same. So, the Toyota Sequoia might be a better option here. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2021 Toyota Sequoia vs 2021 Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is a direct competitor to the Toyota Sequoia from Ford Motors. The Ford Expedition is a subtle car and is one of the best if not the best amongst all.

2021 Ford Expedition

The interior of the Expedition is better than the Sequoia with more passenger and cargo space. Also, it is the most fuel-efficient SUV in the class. So, the Ford Expedition is a better choice than the Toyota Sequoia. 

2021 Toyota Sequoia vs 2021 GMC Yukon 

The Toyota Sequoia and the GMC Yukon are both very similar to each other. The only difference between both is that the Yukon is more luxurious than the rugged Sequoia.

2021 GMC Yukon

The Toyota Sequoia undercuts the Yukon with its pricing. So, if you want a rugged SUV then the Toyota Sequoia is for you.

2021 Toyota Sequoia Final Verdict

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia hasn’t changed but the styling and interior features make it quite dated as compared to its competitors. The SUV offers everything that you need in a utility vehicle and has all the necessary safety features. It also provides most of the features in the base trim only which makes it a more valuable option in this class. Toyota is expected to fully redesign the Sequoia in 2022 which we all are excited to see. So, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia may be one of the better choices in the top full-size SUVs list.

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