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2013 Toyota Sequoia

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2013 Toyota Sequoia Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

We'd all like to drive fuel-efficient cars such as the Toyota Prius, but sometimes the reality of what needs to fit inside those cars is far greater than the desire to be green. For those with big families and big hauling needs, Toyota offers another option, one that may not be as green as the Prius but is every bit as dependable. It's the 2013 Toyota Sequoia SUV, an 8-passenger giant with a standard V8 engine, available 4-wheel drive (4WD) and a 7,400-pound tow rating. Designed to challenge the likes of the Chevy Suburban, Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition, the Sequoia may not be tops in towing or fuel economy, but it does offer the most horsepower in its class.

You'll Like This Car If...

If room and comfort for eight passengers takes priority over maximum towing ability or fuel economy, the 2013 Toyota Sequoia is a hard choice to argue against. Cool features, such as the Blu-Ray DVD rear-seat entertainment system, should go over big with the kids.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If maximum towing and horsepower are your first priority, the Ford Expedition or Chevy Suburban 2500 is probably going to make a better choice.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia now offers just one engine choice for all trims: the 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. Also new is an available Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system and Toyota's Entune multimedia audio system.

Driving the Sequoia

Driving Impressions The 2013 Toyota Sequoia SUV is most appreciated when asked to haul numerous passengers and their belongings over vast distances. The available air-spring suspension delivers a ride as smooth and...

enjoyable as in some luxury sedans, and a healthy slathering of sound-deadening material throughout the Sequoia's cabin keeps exterior wind and road noise to a minimum. Don't get us wrong, the Sequoia for 2013 is still a large and heavy SUV, but its independent rear suspension and precise power steering make the 6,000-pound hulk quite easy to command. Aids such as the available proximity-warning system and rearview video camera help diminish the difficulty encountered when attempting to park or maneuver such a large vehicle. And, we should point out that while the Sequoia is able to successfully tackle gravel roads, wet and slippery boat ramps and steep snow-covered driveways, it is not a serious off-roader.

PLENTIFUL REAR-PASSENGER ROOM
The Toyota Sequoia for 2013 provides expansive passenger room in the two rear rows, thanks to its redesigned independent rear suspension, long wheelbase and wide track. Fore-and-aft sliding 2nd-row seats allow maximization of rear legroom, and the rear doors open wide for easy access.

ENTUNE MULTIMEDIA AUDIO
With Entune you can leverage your smartphone to provide such services as Pandora, MovieTickets.com or iHeartRadio, as well as real-time info on traffic, weather, gasoline prices and sports.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Details
Interior

Where some SUVs have a 3rd-row seat that is best suited only for children, the 2013 Toyota Sequoia offers adult-sized seating in all three rows. The Sequoia's 2nd-row bench seat features three independently movable sections that travel fore and aft, as well as fold flat. For those who don't require a bench seat, Captain's-chair-style seats are available, as is a power-folding 3rd-row seat. Access to the 3rd-row seat is made simpler by wide and long rear doors and the sliding 2nd-row seats. Stylistically, the Toyota Sequoia's interior may leave you bit underwhelmed, with plastic parts that feel a bit hard and the absence of rich wood trim.

Exterior

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is not only the longest SUV Toyota makes, it's the widest and the tallest, too. Because the Sequoia's front and rear axles are pushed as far from each other as engineers could manage, the Sequoia looks much longer than it really is. The expanded wheelbase is the primary reason for the Sequoia's roomy interior, not to mention its admirable stability at highway speeds. The Sequoia's short front and rear overhangs give the big SUV plenty of leeway when approaching steep angles, like those encountered when off-road adventuring or serving duty on a sharply raked boat ramp.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia SUV's standard safety features include anti-lock brakes and electronic traction and stability control. Larger disc brakes all around and the brake-assist system help to minimize emergency stopping distances. The Sequoia has eight airbags, including full-length side-curtain head protection and front-row knee protection. The Sequoia SR5 comes with standard 18-inch wheels. A powerful, 3-zone climate control system helps keep all passengers comfortable. Sliding, 40/20/40-split 2nd-row seats maximize rear-passenger legroom, and the rear bench seats fold forward to create a large, flat cargo area. The steering column has both tilt and fore-and-aft adjustments.

Optional Equipment

All three trim levels of the 2013 Toyota Sequoia SUV – SR5, Limited and Platinum – are available with either rear-drive or 4-wheel drive. The optional air-spring rear suspension automatically adjusts to changing cargo, passenger and trailer weight, and contributes to a smoother ride when the vehicle is unloaded. The Limited trim offers only three standalone options: navigation with Entune audio, 7-passenger seating (2nd-row captain's chairs), and a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a Blu-Ray player and 9-inch LCD display, plus a 115-volt AC outlet. The sonar-based proximity warning system reduces strain when parking and backing out, and the satellite navigation system also includes a rearview video camera. The Platinum trim comes fully loaded.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is powered by 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 that produces 401 lb-ft of torque, which helps the Sequoia tow trailers up to 7,400 pounds. This engine is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which employs a very low 1st gear for strong acceleration and two overdrive gears for better fuel economy.

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 13/17 mpg (4WD), 9/13 mpg (E85, 4WD)

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2013 Toyota Sequoia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 130 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Fantastic Truck!

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The comfort, workload and maneuverability are all top notch. We have driven long trips with kids and no one complained about space or comfort. it is just as easy to drive locally as well we can even parallel park with ease. Highly recommend a sequoia!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great vehicle. Love it.

By on Thursday, July 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Love how it drives and is comfortable."

Cons: "Little hard to get in and the milage is low"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this about a year and a half ago with 103000 miles on it. Might have paid a bit much but it was in excellent shape. Only major thing I had to do was change the lower ball joints. Other than that I've changed oil and the tires were replaced. Milage as everyone says is a bit low. I average a little over 14.5. I have gotten about 17.7 on the highway with it. I wanted something to tow an enclosed motorcycle trailer with a couple of bikes and it does a great job. You don't hardly know the trailer is there. Overall it's great."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

great vehicle

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great for long trips, lots of room in the back"

Cons: "gas mileage (average for me=14.5mpg), cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"it has everything you could want in a luxury vehicle sure the gas mileage isn't great and the cost stinks however it is still a great vehicle and when you sell it the value of the vehicle holds its value compared to other vehicles"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

A truly great SUV

By on Friday, May 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable; safe; reliable; versatile"

Cons: "Low gas mileage and range, particularly when towin"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been a great vehicle for us. We find it comfortably holds all 5 of us adults and our baby (car seat in 2nd row middle), placing one adult and our little dog in the 3rd row. I like the automatic features -- liftgate, rear split folding seats. We also towed with it. Great power. Limited tow range as gas tank is a bit small for reduced gas mileage while towing (Normal MPG 15; drops to 12 when towing at 55MPH; 8 when towing at 70MPH)"

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Best by comparison

By on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Line comparable up with the Sequoia and start checking things off for yourself, the results are clear."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

The Sequoia is awesome, I do love this car.

By on Monday, May 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Extremely easy to drive, comfortable & reliable"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The sequoia is awesome, I love the car. A month after I bought the car I had to have knee surgery that was followed by several complications and was just advised by my physician that is it now harmful for me to get in and out of the car. I am not happy and would like very much to find a good home for my car."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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