Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro: You Don't Have to Give Up Power in this Family SUV
  • Kristin Shaw

Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro: You Don't Have to Give Up Power in this Family SUV

When You’re Carting Kids Around, You Want Space And Comfort

In our neighborhood, SUVs and minivans are all the rage. Large vehicles of all shapes and sizes cruise through the school drop-off line, multiple kids in tow. I, too, have an SUV at home, but with only one child one would think I wouldn’t need much room.

As Lee Corso would say on College GameDay, not so fast, my friend.

My son is a social creature, and he likes to hang out with his friends. As a social mom, I try to accommodate that and haul him and his friends to fun places like Dart Bowl or Dave and Buster’s after school. I don’t always need that third row, but when we do, it’s a party. The problem with the third row in my personal SUV is that it’s kind of a pain to set it up and to get back there, requiring the passenger to pull the lever and push the middle seat up to climb in. Certainly, it’s not graceful. Since it’s boys back there most of the time, they don’t seem to care.

However, when I test drove the Toyota Sequoia, not only did I have the room I needed to host a pack of kids, there are convenient captain’s chairs for the middle row. This gives the Sequoia passengers an easy path through the middle of the center row straight to the back, functioning much like a minivan.

But Does It Have Enough VROOM? (Yes!)

Toyota is a solid brand with reliable resale value, and buyers looking for a vehicle with mid-range pricing can’t go wrong with this SUV. It offers ample power at 381 hp, which is on par with a Jaguar F-Type or Range Rover Velar, and a V8 engine, so it has no problem towing a boat or camper (~7,000 pounds), either.

Kids: happy. Me: happy.

The Sequoia also has, for you car enthusiasts, automatic limited-slip differential. For the average driver, what that means is that the vehicle has better traction on slippery conditions. When you’re driving precious cargo (including yourself) in the rain, snow, or fresh gravel, you will appreciate this feature.

The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, which stands for Toyota Racing Development. The TRD team produces various tuning products and accessories, including performance suspension components, superchargers, and wheels.

Beyond the powerful TRD legacy, the Toyota Sequoia interior is luxurious and incredibly roomy. With the second and third row seats folded down, you get an incredible 120.1 cubic feet of cargo volume. Plenty to travel with you, your kids, their friends, and your dog, too.

Fast Facts:

  • MSRP $64,030 base

  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission

  • In terms of size, this is Toyota’s largest SUV

  • Tons of safety features with standard TSS 2.0 package

  • Seven-passenger seating

  • All-wheel drive is standard

  • Electric controls for third row (no tugging and lifting)

  • JBL audio system (sweet sounds)

  • New for 2020: standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • Sunroof is standard (!!)


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