2015 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP $44,395

Ranked #11 in Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

2015 Toyota Sequoia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Sequoia is based on the Tundra truck and is a proper full-size SUV from the house of Toyota. The Sequoia provides comfortable seating for up to eight passengers, and even Toyota mentions it as a proper family hauler with many high-tech features and a powerful V-8 engine. It is well built as most Toyota SUVs and has a genuine all-terrain capability. Be it a simple visit to the grocery store or a weekend getaway with your family, the Sequoia claims to do it with ease. 

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Pros

Powerful V-8 Engine

Better Towing Capability 

Comfortable ride

Cons

Difficult to maneuver 

Ergonomics could be better 

Less Fuel Economy 

What's New?

No major changes 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44395

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

346 cu.in.

horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

401 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions

wheelbase

122 in.

length

205.1 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

77 in.

curb weight

5730 lbs.

ground clearance

10 in.

capacity

cargo volume

120.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

7400 lbs.

payload capacity

1350 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/17 mpg

highway range

448.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR5$44,395 onwards

SR$44,395 onwards

SR5 FFV$47,620 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Toyota Sequoia in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Magnetic Gray 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 Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The 2015 Toyota Sequoia is available in three trims, namely the SR5, Limited, and Platinum. The price for the SR5 trim starts at $44,495 and goes up to $62,000 for the top-of-the-line Platinum trim. All the trims come with RWD as standard, while the AWD is optional. The Toyota Sequoia faces stiff competition from the likes of Nissan Armada, GMC Yukon, and Ford Expedition.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2015 Toyota Sequoia Features

8.0/10

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia is available in three main trims, namely the SR5, Limited, and Platinum. As you climb up the trim ladder, the creature comforts will increase, and so the price of the trim. You also get optional packages with the SR5 and Limited trim to further load them up with your desired features. Check the table below to see how Toyota has distributed the features across the three trims.

Trims 

SR5

Limited 

Platinum 

MSRP

$ 44,495

$ 52,995

$ 62,000

Key Features 

Multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto-off feature and headlight cleaners

Adds to upgrades to the SR5 trim 

Adds to upgrades to Limited trim 

 

Chrome grille surround

Optional Rear-seat Blu-ray Disc player entertainment system with 9-in. display

Chrome auto-dimming heated power outside mirrors with memory and tilt down function 

 

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

Leather-trimmed and heated front seats

Entune Premium JBL Audio system with Navigation

 

Entune Audio Plus with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display

Entune Premium Audio with 7-inch touchscreen 

Rear-seat Blu-ray Disc player entertainment system with 9-in. Display as standard

 

Easy-clean fabric-trimmed front seats

Chrome auto-dimming heated power outside mirrors

Perforated leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats

 

8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

We Recommend  

We recommend the Limited trim as it comes with many creature comforts plus opens the door for optional packages. It comes with many features like leather-trimmed and heated front seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, power liftgate with jam protection, leather-trimmed 40/20/40 split second-row seats, etc, and it costs nearly $9,000 less than the Platinum trim which is definitely a huge difference. 

2015 Toyota Sequoia Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia is equipped with a 5.7-Litre V8 engine that produces about 381 HP and 401 lb-ft of torque. The V8 has a throaty growl when woken and offers about 90 percent of its torque from as low as 2,200 rpm. As a result, it has a good towing capacity and can haul about 7,400 pounds in the tow/haul mode. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that comes with sequential shift mode and uphill/downhill shift logic along with the tow/haul mode. The transmission is smooth and works well under most conditions.

Models (2015)

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Nissan Armada Platinum 

GMC Yukon SLE

Ford Expedition XLT 

MSRP

$44,395

$53,680

$47,740

$47,510 

Engine

5.7/Double Overhead Cam (DOHC)/32/V-8

5.6/Double Overhead Cam (DOHC)/32/V-8

5.3/Overhead Valves (OHV)/16/V-8

3.5 L V6

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed Automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed Automatic

Horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

317 hp @ 5200 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

365 hp 

Torque

401 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

385 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

383 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

420 hp

0-60 MPH (sec)

7

7

6.8

6.6

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.5

15.4

-

15.2

Top Speed (MPH)

120

-

125 

115

The Toyota Sequoia comes with the largest cubic capacity V-8 engine of the lot and is the most powerful of the lot. However, the real surprise is Ford's smaller 3.5L turbocharged V-6 engine that produces class-leading torque and nearly identical power figures in the segment. It also helps the Expedition to accelerate faster than its rivals, and a 0-60 mph sprint just takes 6.6 seconds, which is commendable. The reason for such acceleration is the power to weight ratio. However, it has a lower top speed in the segment. The other SUVs are not much behind in the race and have nearby 0-60 mph sprint times. 

2015 Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Sequoia comes with a bigger engine of the lot, and hence it's a fuel guzzler. The efficiency figures are 13 mpg in the city, 17 mpg on the highway, and 15 mpg in combined driving conditions. The Sequoia can hold up to 26.4 gallons of fuel, and it makes the Sequoia travel 343 miles in the city, 449 miles on the highway, and 396 miles in mixed driving conditions on a full tank.

Models (2015)

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Nissan Armada Platinum 

GMC Yukon SLE

Ford Expedition XLT 

City

13

13

16

15

Highway

17

18

22

20

Combined

15

16

18

17

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

26.4 gal.

28 gal.

26.0 gal.

28 gal.

Range (City/Hwy)

343/449

364/504

416/572

420/560

The competitors like GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition have an edge over the competition. They offer 18 mpg and 17 mpg in combined driving conditions, respectively, and pairing it with a fuel tank capacity of 26-gallon and 28-gallon can make them travel 468 miles and 476 miles, respectively on a full tank of gas. The Nissan Armada also comes with a large fuel tank and can provide a range of 448 miles on a full tank. 

2015 Toyota Sequoia Interior

7.0/10

The Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV and can seat 8 passengers including the driver. The Platinum trim can seat seven passengers only owing to second-row captain seats. The front seats offer good support and comfort, but the headroom can be an issue for some taller passengers. The second row can slide and recline with just a push of a button in higher trims and offer easy access to the third row. The third row is roomy as well and offers good leg space as well. The quality of materials used in the cabin is just about average. Although, they are built to last a decade but lack the refinement that we expect from a family hauler.

The instrument console is right in the direct view of the driver and is easy to read. However, the infotainment system placement is not very ergonomic, and the driver needs to stretch out a little bit to reach and use it. Some of the noteworthy features include a 10- or 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, rear-window sunshades, power-reclining third row, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, rear-seat entertainment system, etc

Models (2015)

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Nissan Armada Platinum 

GMC Yukon SLE

Ford Expedition XLT 

Passenger Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.8/66.4/42.5

39.7/65/41.8

42.8/64.8/45.3

39.6/63.2/43.2

2nd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.9/65.6/40.9

35.9/63.7/32.2

38.1/62.6/24.8

39.8/63.7/39.1

3rd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.5/65.7/35.3

NA

38.1/62.6/35.1

38.3/51.9/37.7

Cargo Capacity (all seats in place)

18.9 cu.ft.

20 cu.ft.

15.3 cu.ft.

18.6 cu.ft.

The Sequoia offers a cargo capacity of 18.9 cu-ft, which is good considering it has three rows. However, Nissan Armada takes the lead and provides a better cargo capacity than all its rivals. The Yukon offers the least cargo capacity and scores low on practicality. The Ford Expedition offers a similar cargo capacity as that of the Sequoia. It also offers better third-row leg space in the comparison. The Sequoia takes the lead in the second-row legroom. Some of the standout interior features of the 2015 Sequoia are:

  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Rear View Camera
  • Leather upholstery 
  • Multi-function remote keyless entry system
  • Optitron instrumentation with higher trims
  • Second- and third-row retractable window sunshades

How intuitive is the 2015 Sequoias’ infotainment unit?

The Entune infotainment system in Sequoia is very easy and intuitive to use. It comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display which is good but not the best. The trims above the SR5 are equipped with a bigger 7.0-inch touchscreen and get a navigation feature. For your music needs, you get a premium JBL audio system with Platinum trim which offers a better output.

The connectivity needs are taken care of by Bluetooth, and the availability of USB ports, AUX jack, iPod compatibility makes your life convenient. You also get access to SiriusXM satellite services on the higher trims. The Entune App Suite available on the Platinum trim includes Bing iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp, real-time info including traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, and stocks for added assistance. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2015 Sequoia are:

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen display 
  • Integrated navigation 
  • Entune multimedia bundle 
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Entune App Suite 
  • JBL Audio System 

2015 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

9.0/10

It does not take much time to realize that the Sequoia is based on the Tundra pick-up platform and shares the styling with it. It isn’t a bad thing, and the Sequoia looks bigger than many cars on the road. The rugged truck styling speaks for the Sequoia as a go-anywhere SUV. The front bold grille and halogen headlamps complement its taller, wider, and longer dimensions. 

The sides are a plain affair and devoid of any visual drama. The longer wheelbase gives the Sequoia access to better legroom, cargo capacity, and high-speed stability on highways. The roof rails provide it a distinctive styling and testify to its good off-road capability and versatility as well. Overall the design language is not flamboyant in nature, but it's not bad either. Some American competitors offer more aggressive styling but can’t match the comfort and practicality levels of Sequoia. 

Models (2015)

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Nissan Armada Platinum 

GMC Yukon SLE

Ford Expedition XLT 

Curb Weight

5730 lbs.

5841 lbs.

5308 lbs.

5846 lbs

Length

205 in.

208 in.

204 in.

206

Height

77 in.

78 in.

74 in.

77.2

Width

80 in.

79 in.

96 in.

78.8

Wheelbase

122 in.

123 in.

116 in.

119

Ground Clearance (in) 

10

10

8

8

The Sequoia offers a better ground clearance and longer wheelbase which testifies its off-road compatibility. The rivals like GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition can’t match its off-road pedigree. The Nissan Armada comes neck to neck with Sequoia in terms of exterior dimensions. The GMC Yukon is lighter than the competition but has more width than all of them. All the SUVs are similar concerning their height and length. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2015 Sequoia are:

  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto on/off
  • Integrated fog lights 
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade 
  • Auto-dimming heated power outside mirrors with memory (Platinum)

2015 Toyota Sequoia Safety

6.0/10

The 2015 Sequoia has not undergone a full range of crash tests, but the NHTSA has given it a 4-star rating in the rollover test. The Sequoia is equipped with many advanced and passive safety features to protect the occupants from an unavoidable accident. Like other Toyotas, the Sequoia also gets the Star Safety System to further enhance its safety quotient. Some of the standout safety features of the 2015 Sequoia are:

  • Trailer-Sway Control (TSC)
  • Energy-dissipating interior trim
  • Front energy-absorbing crumple zone
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) (Platinum)
  • Brake Assist 

2015 Toyota Sequoia Final Verdict

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia might feel outdated, but it definitely ticks many right boxes. It comes with many creature comforts and safety features. It’s from the house of Toyota, so you can expect it to be reliable as well. Plus, it comes with optional packages to muscle up your desired trim. It offers a throaty V-8 engine, reliability, off-road capability, and quite impressive towing capacity in its segment which makes it worth buying for somebody looking for practicality over aesthetics and luxury.

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