2016 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP $45,325

Ranked #15 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2016 Toyota Sequoia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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By the late ‘90s, Toyota established itself as a globally strong contender in making ultra-reliable vehicles and it expanded its portfolio to make its presence in almost every market segment. Toyota had enough hands-on experience and success from the legendary Land Cruiser and riding on it, it brought along the Sequoia in 2000. The SUV was based on the Tundra pickup truck hence provided excellent ruggedness and reliability. 

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Pros

Segment-leading cabin space

8-seater configuration with flexible seats

The 4WD layout offers excellent practicality

Potent V8 motor

Cons

Sub-par fuel economy

Large exterior dimensions make urban driving cumbersome

Not-so-capable towing capability

What's New?

No changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45325

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 shiftable automatic

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

cargo volume

120.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

7400 lbs.

payload capacity

1370 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

382.8 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$45,325 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Toyota Sequoia in Black color
Black

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

7.9

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The SUV is still in its 2nd generation model and comes with no changes for the 2016 model year. The powertrain and the drivetrain options remain the same with a standard V8 motor and two drivetrain layouts. The price for the 2016 Sequoia starts at $45,325 and goes all the up to a premium price tag of $65,080.


7.5/10
Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety


2016 Toyota Sequoia Features

7.5/10

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia is offered in three trim levels- SR5, Limited, and Platinum. A 5.7-liter V8 engine is standard across all the trims and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. There is a significant price difference between trims but optional packages for the SR5 and Limited help fill the gap. The Platinum trim’s price tag puts the SUV in the premium category and offers some luxurious features such as an adaptive air suspension, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row captain's chairs among other features.

Trim

SR5

Limited

Platinum

MSRP (RWD)

$45,325

$54,115

$61,855

MSRP (AWD)

$48,550

$57,340

$65,080

MSRP (FFV AWD)

$48,550

$57,340

$65,080

Key Features

Adjustable Steering wheel

Adds or replaces features of ‘SR5’

Adds or replaces features of ‘Limited’

 

Cruise Control

Rear parking aid

Entertainment System

 

Keyless entry

Optional mirror memory

Premium sound system

 

Auto-off headlights

Premium speaker system

Electrochromic rearview mirror

 

Vehicle anti-theft system

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Heated mirrors

 

Rain-sensing wipers

Remote Trunk release

Mirror memory

 

Heated Mirrors

Powered liftgate

Blindspot monitor

We recommend

The base 2016 Toyota Sequoia SR5 is a good choice to go with. The Premium package would be a nice touch since it adds all the extras, such as leather seats and navigation. 

2016 Toyota Sequoia Engine and Performance

8.3/10

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia is powered by a standard 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V8 motor and dishes out a maximum of 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. The engine offers a strong surge of power when required and is more than adequate for both city and highway runs. Even under a full load, the motors hardly break any sweat and the 6-speed automatic transmission does a good job of staying at the right gear at all times. With the 4WD layout, the SUV offers superb traction over most of the challenging tarmac conditions. The 0-60mph time of 6.8 seconds is decent for a full-size SUV.

Models

Toyota Sequoia

Ford Expedition

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

MSRP

$45,325

$45,435

$48,315

$47,000

Engine

5.7L V-8 Gas Engine

3.5L V-6 Gas Engine

5.3L V-8 Gas Engine

5.3L V-8 Gas Engine

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

365 hp @ 5000 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

401 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm

420 ft-lbs @ 2250 rpm

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

15.3 sec

15.1 sec

16.7 sec

16.7 sec

Top Speed (mph)

115MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Ford Expedition makes lesser horsepower than the Sequoia but has significantly more torque output than the latter. Also, it is marginally quicker as well. The GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe are mechanical twins hence their power and torque figures are identical as well.

2016 Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy

4.0/10

As compared to other V8-powered SUVs in the competition the Sequoia still falls short in terms of fuel efficiency. The 15 combined MPG ranks right at the bottom. The 13mpg of city mileage and 18mpg of highway mileage is outright disappointing and the SUV is in dire need of a mechanical upgrade.

Models

Toyota Sequoia

Ford Expedition

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

MPG (city)

13

16

16

16

MPG (highway)

18

22

23

23

MPG (combined)

15

18

18

18

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

26.4

28

26

26

Range (miles) (city/highway)

343/449 miles

420/560 miles

416/598 miles

416/598 miles

The Ford Expedition and the General Motors duo offer almost similar fuel economy figures and beat the Sequoia big time. The Expedition also gets a bigger 28 gallons gas tank that proves to be handy while out on long trips.

2016 Toyota Sequoia Interior

7.9/10

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia interior is huge and can carry 8 passengers comfortably, however, the third row is not easier to get to and may feel cramped. The interior design is elegant but not too modern or flashy yet the comfort levels are quite surprisingly good. The headroom on offer for all the rows is on the lower side but the wide seats and the width of the cabin make up for it. The cargo capacity is quite decent and can fit 66 cubic feet of cargo if the third-row seats are folded.

Models

Toyota Sequoia

Ford Expedition

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Passenger capacity

8

8

9

9

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

34.8/66.4/42.5

39.6/63.2/41.1

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.8/64.8/45.3

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

34.9/65.6/40.9

39.8/63.7/39.1

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.7/65.1/39.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

34.5/65.7/35.3

38.3/51.9/37.7

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.1/62.6/24.8

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.ft.)

18.9

18.6

15.3

15.3

Cargo Capacity with rear seats folded (cu-ft)

66.6

55

51.7

51.7

The Ford Expedition has a plush and spacious cabin but has a lower cargo capacity than the Sequoia. Both the GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe have similar cabin space but the Yukon is more luxurious and plush than the Tahoe and the Sequoia as well.

Some interior features are:

  • Keyless entry
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control,
  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • Second- and third-row side sunshades
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth phone controls

How intuitive is the 2016 Toyota Sequoia’s infotainment unit?

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display incorporating Toyota’s Entune Audio Plus system. The user interface is easy to use and has crisp graphics. It also offers several features such as Siri Eyes Free smartphone voice control mode, Connected Navigation, and HD radio among other features.

Some infotainment features are:

  • Toyota's Entune Audio Plus infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen 
  • Connected Navigation 
  • Siri Eyes Free smartphone voice control
  • A CD player
  • Satellite radio and HD radio

2016 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

7.5/10

Just like the Tundra, Sequoia looks rugged and muscular since the SUV is based on the former. It is the heaviest vehicle in its class and also has the biggest dimensions to justify its weight. The front-end design is nothing spectacular, just like a common Toyota but the headlamp units are bigger than average which adorns the huge grille seamlessly. The SUV also offers a towering ground clearance of 9.9 inches which, when equipped with the 4WD system, allows the SUV to go off the roads quite easily. However, its 122-inch wheelbase limits its off-roading prowess heavily.

Models

Toyota Sequoia

Ford Expedition

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5730

5600

5379

5379

Length (in.)

205.1

206.0

203.9

203.9

Width (in.)

79.9

78.8

80.5

80.5

Height (in.)

77.0

77.2

74.4

74.4

Ground clearance (in.)

9.9

8.3

8.0

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

122

119.0

116.0

116.0

Track width (in) F/R

67.9/69.1

67/67.2

68.7/68.7

68.7/68.7

The Ford Expedition takes the second spot in terms of exterior dimensions but is still a huge vehicle yet its design cues mask its dimensions quite well. The GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe look like proper American SUVs with their chunky and boxy exterior design and both of them have identical exterior dimensions as well.

Some exterior features are:

  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Roof rack
  • Running boards
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

2016 Toyota Sequoia Safety

7.5/10

The safety aspect of the 2016 Toyota Sequoia is decent and it secured a 4-star rating from the NHTSA as well. It doesn’t get much of the advanced safety techs but offers almost all the basic safety features such as stability and traction control, trailer sway control, and front knee airbags among others.

Some standout safety features are:

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Trailer sway control
  • Traction Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor

2016 Toyota Sequoia Final Verdict

The Sequoia may feel outdated in 2016 but it still offers the important features that an SUV of the segment should have like off-road capabilities, ample cargo space and towing capacity, and above all a big V-8 engine that will satisfy a majority of the driving needs. The 2016 Toyota Sequoia lacks some modern features though but it was never meant to be a comfortable luxury SUV. Instead, it offers utility and reliability with its bulletproof V-8, high ground clearance, and impressive cargo and towing capacity which makes it capable of going cross-country.

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