Review of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia

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Sequoia trees are among the oldest and largest trees in the world, especially the Giant Sequoias. So, it’s only fitting that Toyota’s advert for the 2021 Sequoia SUV would show the large, powerful vehicle maneuvering through trails of a Redwood forest.

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia is unapologetically big, designed for people who either need a spacious interior or enjoy having a commanding share of the road wherever they go. Either way, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia lives up to the name.

Model Trims for the 2021 Sequoia SUV

Here are the different model trims available for the 2021 Toyota Sequoia:

The entry level model is called SR5. It has some impressive standard safety features, as well as Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility. The next level up is the TRD Sport. It has TRD sport-tuned suspension and model style elements like 20-inch wheels and chrome-accented grille.

The Limited model is the next step up and it’s a fairly big leap in price from $52,000 to $59,000. The Limited comes with heated and leather seating and premium audio sound. The Nightshade Edition builds on the Limited with handsome dark chrome, black leather trim interior, and premium dark exterior colors.

The TRD Pro model adds to the value of the TRD Sport with more off-road prowess. It comes with front and rear shock upgrades, LED fog lights and a stunning new Lunar Rock exterior paint color. The top tier Sequoia is the Platinum Edition. It has 20-inch wheels, perforated heated and ventilated leather seats, and one of the finest JBL audio systems on the market.

Style of the Exterior

The exterior style of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia is unmistakably dated. It’s a large, body on frame SUV that hearkens back to a time when big body SUVs ruled the earth. The Sequoia stretches out to 205 inches in length and nearly 80 inches in width. Having said that, the 2021 Sequoia is easy on the eyes once you get past its size.

The Nightshade Special Edition with its blacked-out trim features is quite stunning. The TRD Pro with lunar rock green is equally impressive. In fact, there is scarcely a bit of paneling on the Sequoia that doesn’t have an option for a splash of chrome trim.

Interior Amenities

The 2021 Sequoia has an almost cavernous interior. There’s 120 cubic feet of cargo volume plus ample seating for 8 passengers. There are three rows of seating with convenient storage cubbies all over the cabin.

All that interior space is complemented by a power liftgate in the rear and a moonroof overhead. When outfitted with the JBL audio system and Blu-Ray entertainment system, the back seats of the 2021 Sequoia can rival any big chain movie theater.

A 7-inch touchscreen display takes command of the center dashboard, but it seems a bit small in such a large space. If Toyota had only outfitted the Sequoia with something more modern, the Sequoia would be able to better compete with luxury brands like Tesla and Audi.

Performance of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia comes with a 5.7 Liter V8 engine that pumps out 381 horsepower and 401 pound feet of torque. A six speed automatic is the standard transmission. You don’t get a lot of options with the powertrain, but the Sequoia does come with your choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

With the size of the Sequoia, don’t expect stellar gas mileage. It lumbers along like a behemoth with just 15 combined miles per gallon. Fortunately, gas prices are down. Otherwise, the low gas mileage of the 2021 Sequoia would have a much more significant impact on the overall cost of ownership.

The Sequoia counters its lack of powertrain options with plenty of capability. The 2021 Toyota Sequoia has a 7,400 pound towing capacity and the tow hitch comes standard on all models. The suspension system is advanced on any model and the Sequoia is meant to handle all bumps in the road with ease. The anti-lock braking is reinforced with 3 different electronic systems.

The TRD Pro is an interesting choice for outdoor enthusiasts who want more muscle. The TRD Pro model has a rugged body on frame architecture that gives it incredible stability. Add to that high performance TRD-tuned FOX shocks and springs and you’re all set to put nature to the test. Luckily, you’ll also have a quarter-inch aluminum skid plate protecting the underbelly.

Safety Equipment from Toyota

Toyota stands apart from other automakers when it comes to standard safety equipment. Most of the top safety features available in the industry come at no extra cost with the Toyota Safety Sense package. Every 2021 Sequoia comes with this comprehensive safety suite.

You get Toyota’s Pre-Collision System with lane departure alert, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control with sway warning system. The 2021 Sequoia comes with a rearview camera, blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alerts.

The Star Safety System comes standard and it includes a full suite of electronic stability controls like anti-lock brakes and traction control. The new Sequoia comes with parking assist sonar, child locks, and advanced airbags. So, there’s nothing that Toyota isn’t willing to give its customers in the safety department.

Final Points

The 2021 Sequoia from Toyota has an MSRP of $50,100. A 2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade Special Edition with all the packages and extra amenities will cost you around $69,347. So, that gives you an idea of the cost range you can expect from lowest to highest.

For high value, take a closer look at the TRD Sport model. It’s just one level up from the base model in price but comes with a TRD sport-tuned suspension and some exterior style enhancements. All the best safety equipment comes at no extra charge.

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia balks at the trend of small is better. The Sequoia is bold and sits head and shoulders above nearly anything else on the road today. For the cost, it’s a tough sale for anyone who doesn’t have a large family or a large appetite for adventure.