2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD, SR5, Platinum, Limited

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia shown at the Chicano Auto Show 2017, the model receives enhances both outside and inside. The Toyota Sequoia is among those vehicles being offered by the Japanese car giant that has been on the roads for a pretty long time. It is preferred by the traditional, large SUV buyers, people with several members of the family looking for a truly versatile, large vehicle. Despite its lineage and value for money proposition, the Sequoia became dated and less enticing owing to the arrival of several category rivals that offer better offerings at same price point. So, Toyota has revamped the aging Sequoia for 2018.  It will compete with Ford Expedition and Chevy Tahoe upon release.

2018 Toyota Sequoia front

2018 Toyota Sequoia – Design

Despite the efforts of Toyota to give the Sequoia a refreshing makeover, its truck roots are evident. The exterior styling, though not bland, is not as enticing that of as rivals like Tahoe or Nissan Armada. There are the usual trims- SR5, Platinum, Limited and for 2018 it gets another one- TRD Sport, aimed at off road centric users. The addition to the exterior is new Led lamps and grille also receives minor changes.  Three new colors are there- Midnight Black Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl and Shoreline Blue Pearl.  The TRD Sport gets a unique front bumper, smoked taillight lenses, grille enhancements and 20-inch alloy black wheels.

The cabin of 2018 Toyota Sequoia is not sleek looking but it is not cheap either. The focus is clearly on utility than styling here. TRD Sport gets black fabric upholstery and you may opt for black leather upholstery. The cabin in each trim is spacious and some cubicles and bins are there to accommodate small items and gadgets. Overall, cargo capacity is quite good. The third row, despite the large cabin, is not very spacious and it is best suited for the teens and kids. However, seats in first and 2nd rows are soft and large beyond any doubt.

2018 Toyota Sequoia rear

2018 Toyota Sequoia – Speculated Powertrain

The 2018 Sequoia is powered by one power train- a 5.7-liter V-8 engine. This is clubbed with a six-speed automatic transmission.  It makes 381 hp. The TRD Sport gets Bilstein shock absorbers to enhance ride quality. AWD is offered as an option. Towing capacity is 7,400 pounds. However, it is in fuel economy that it gets outshined by most rivals in the segment.

Technology:

The Toyota Sequoia 2018 comes with notable enhancements on safety fronts which may help it get some traction among the segment rivals. It gets automatic emergency braking and all trims get the Toyota Safety Sense suite. You can opt for pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. There are plenty of airbags and a rear vision camera.

You cannot call the 2018 Sequoia a lavish SUV but the features are decent. All trims get 18-inch alloy wheels, three-zone automated climate control, sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, 6.1-inch touchscreen, and power adjustable driver’s seat. A limited model gets leather seats, larger 20-inch wheels, chrome accents and a power liftgate. The Platinum model brings in rear-seat Blu-ray setup, simulated wood interior trim, premium audio system and adaptive cruise control. Toyota’s new version of Entune infotainment system is polished than the predecessor but it is nowhere near Ford’s Sync 3 or GM’s IntelliLink setup, in terms of fluidity and features.

2018 Toyota Sequoia interior

2018 Toyota Sequoia – Price and Release Date

The base trim of 2018 Toyota Sequoia is likely to be priced at $46,000. It is going to be released soon.

The 2018 Sequoia has improved on some fronts, including safety but it still cannot match the segment rivals. The styling is ho-hum and the cabin still looks dated. However, the TRD Sport trim adds some freshness to styling and offers better ride quality.

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