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2021 Toyota Sequoia
Select a Different Model (11 Available): Limited 2WD
Fuel Economy $ 13 / 17 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/120 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 8/7
Horsepower 381@5,600
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2021 Toyota Sequoia MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Roomy interior
  • Powerful V-8 engine
  • Above average IntelliChoice value rating


  • Lazy transmission
  • Dated interior
  • Poor NVH

Toyota's massive Sequoia SUV has been around in its current iteration for well over a decade. This rig recently got a styling update and a new TRD Pro variant equipped with Fox shocks, increased ground clearance, a cat-back exhaust, a front skidplate, a two-speed transfer case, a center differential lock function, and 18-inch black BBS alloy wheels shod in all-terrain rubber. Should you want something more luxurious and are set on a Toyota, the Sequoia Platinum gets a rear-seat entertainment system, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain's chairs, perforated leather upholstery, and an air suspension with adaptive dampers.

For 2021, the Toyota Sequoia gets a Nightshade Edition model. This gets black 20-inch alloy wheels, a dark grille with chrome lower surrounds, dark chrome side moldings, black side mirror covers and badges, black door handles, and black leather upholstery. The Nightshade Edition is only available with the Midnight Black Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Wind Chill Pearl exterior colors.

What We Think

The Sequoia survives in a segment whose class leaders are newer and better to drive. Vague, imprecise steering forces you to constantly make corrections to keep the Sequoia centered. The ride, while acceptable, causes head toss over small bumps and shuddering from side to side. TRD Pro models ride similarly to the standard Sequoia despite the off-road-tuned suspension. Toyota's proven 5.7-liter V-8 provides plenty of power to motivate the massive Sequoia with ease. Unfortunately, the six-speed automatic is slow to respond and, in our testing, a lot of vibration came from the engine and through the steering wheel.

Stepping inside the Sequoia's cabin is like time traveling back to the late 2000s. The recent addition of a modern infotainment system only amplifies that sensation because everything around it looks dated and the materials aren't of an especially high quality. At least the Sequoia offers plenty of space. All three rows can accommodate adults comfortably, which isn't something you can say about every large three-row SUV.

Age holds the Toyota Sequoia back. Although it has plenty of room and a punchy V-8 engine, this SUV is let down by multiple factors including subpar refinement, poor fuel economy, a lazy transmission, and a dated interior.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2021 Sequoia is powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. With the standard six-speed automatic transmission, the EPA fuel economy ratings are 13/17 mpg city/highway regardless of the drivetrain configuration.


Toyota Safety Sense-P, one of Toyota's active safety suites, is standard on all 2021 Sequoias. It includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beams and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard on all models.


All Sequoias get a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. SR5 and TRD Sport variants come with an eight-speaker audio system, and the Limited and Nightshade models get a 12-speak unit. A 14-speaker JBL audio system is optional on the Limited and Nightshade trims and standard on the TRD Pro and Platinum. Built-in navigation is optional on the SR5 and TRD Sport trims, and standard on the Limited and up.

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Engine: V8 5.7 Liter
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$500 Toyota announces a College Graduate Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$500 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$500 Toyota announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$750 Toyota announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021