What's New for 2013:
- Standard 5.7-liter V-8 engine
- Optional Blu-Ray rear-seat entertainment system
The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV with body-on-frame construction and seating for up to 8 passengers in 3 rows of seats. It is based on the Tundra pickup truck, and is sold in SR5, Limited and Platinum trim levels.
Standard equipment for the Sequoia SR5 includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, running boards, fog lights, auto-off headlights, wiper de-icer grid, power heated exterior mirrors, roof rack, and a trailer towing receiver hitch.
The Toyota Sequoia supplies 18.9 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third-row seat. Fold the third-row seat down, and the SUV can carry up to 66.6 cubic feet of cargo. Maximum cargo volume measures 120.1 cubic feet.
Standard equipment for the 2013 Sequoia SR5 includes \"easy-clean\" fabric seats, power driver seat, triple-zone automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power moonroof, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and music streaming is standard, and the stereo includes 8 speakers, USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, and a complimentary 3-month subscription to satellite radio. The Sequoia also features a power rear window that slides down into the tailgate.
Options for the Sequoia SR5 include a Sport Appearance package that adds 20-inch chrome wheels and a set of captain's chairs for the second row of seating, and a Premium package including leather upholstery, 10-way power driver seat, 4-way power front passenger seat, heated front seats, power reclining third-row seat, auto-dimming interior mirror, reversing camera, and a universal garage door opener.
A navigation system is also offered for the SR5, including a color 6.1-inch touch screen, HD Radio, and Entune mobile application technology and services.
The Sequoia Limited adds everything from the SR5 model's Premium package, plus leather seats, upgraded gauge illumination, power-operated tailgate, power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, rear side window sunshades, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and a 14-speaker premium sound system. Options for the Sequoia Limited include second-row captain's chairs, rear-seat Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system, and a hard-drive navigation system with a 7-inch high-resolution color touch screen, HD Radio, and Entune mobile application services.
At the top of the lineup, the Sequoia Platinum includes Limited equipment and options, plus unique 20-inch aluminum wheels with what Toyota calls a \"diamond-cut finish,\" extra chrome trim, leather-and-wood steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power thigh support adjuster for the driver seat, power reclining third-row seat, and dynamic cruise control. Additionally, the Sequoia Platinum is equipped with an adaptive variable suspension featuring Comfort, Normal and Sport modes, rear load-leveling air suspension, and a blind-spot monitoring system. The only option for the Sequoia Limited is extra-cost paint.
Under the Hood
For 2013, the Sequoia is no longer offered with a base 4.6-liter V-8 engine. Instead, the 5.7-liter V-8 is standard on all trims, generating 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The Sequoia is offered with an optional 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system equipped with a Torsen locking limited-slip center differential. The SUV's maximum towing capacity is 7,400 pounds, and the Sequoia can handle a payload weighing up to 1,350 pounds.
Toyota also includes complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles of ownership.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Toyota Sequoia are:
- Sequoia 2WD: 13/18/15 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Sequoia 4WD: 13/17/14 mpg
The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is equipped with 8 air bags, including knee air bags for the front-seat occupants. Additionally, this SUV includes traction control, stability control, trailer sway control, and 4-wheel ventilated-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist. The Sequoia is also equipped with Toyota's Smart Stop technology, which is designed to make it impossible for the vehicle to accelerate when the brake pedal is depressed. Front and rear park-assist sensors are also standard, and the Sequoia is offered with a reversing camera and a blind-spot monitoring system.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the Sequoia as this overview is written.