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Editor's Overview

With plenty of space for eight passengers, proven Toyota quality and reliability and a strong V8 engine, the 2014 Sequoia is a formidable choice among full-size SUVs. It’s priced slightly above the competition but returns, in the bargain, superb resale value. Buyers looking for a vehicle like the Sequoia will be hard-pressed to find one better.

You'll Like The 2014 Toyota Sequoia If...

There are many choices in this segment, all of them with solid capabilities. What sets the 2014 Sequoia apart is its great powertrain, advanced features and the peace of mind of Toyota quality and reliability.

You May Not Like The 2014 Toyota Sequoia If...

If you need more towing capacity, then a Ford Expedition or Chevrolet Suburban 2500 will be a better choice, as they can deal with the larger trailers.

What's New

For 2014 the Sequoia SR5 gets the Entune Audio Plus system, the Limited gets Entune Premium Audio, and the Platinum trim level has Entune Premium JBL Audio, which is optional for the Limited. Entune Audio leverages a smartphone for fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services.

Interior Features

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a true 8-seater, with a 3rd-row seat that really will accommodate adults and is easily reached, thanks to big rear doors and sliding 2nd-row seats. The 3-passenger 2nd-row bench seat allows individual sections to slide fore-and-aft and also fold flat. Noteworthy options include captain’s chairs for the second row and a power-folding feature for the third row. Basically, the Sequoia’s interior will swap around into any configuration needed. The design is somewhat bland and a couple notches below sinfully luxurious but, as would be expected of a Toyota, the assembly detail is without fault.

Exterior Features

In all its majestic glory the 2014 Sequoia is the longest, widest and tallest SUV Toyota builds and, with its long wheelbase, it appears even longer. But that long wheelbase pays dividends – it enhances interior room, improves ride quality, contributes to directional stability and, with the resultant short overhangs, gives extra clearance when approaching steep angles. The Sequoia’s appearance is fairly innocuous and can’t be accused of standing out in a crowd, but it’s clean, functional and certainly not unattractive.

Driving Impressions

For those who need what a full-size SUV is intended to offer, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is among the very best. The ride is nearly luxury-car smooth and the Platinum trim level’s air-spring suspension makes it even better. The cabin is well-insulated from wind and road noise. Even with its considerable bulk, the independent rear suspension and good steering feel make keeping the Sequoia on its intended path easy and predictable, and the optional proximity-warning system and rearview video camera help in maneuvering its size through tight spots and crowded parking lots. The Sequoia deals quite well with slippery surfaces, wet boat ramps, snow-covered roads and the like but, if you’re a serious off-roader, you should look elsewhere. But, used appropriately and as it’s intended, the Toyota Sequoia is as good as it gets.

Pricing Notes

The rear-wheel-drive 2014 Toyota Sequoia SR5 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $43,500, while the mid-level Limited starts around $52,500. Opting for 4-wheel drive will add a few thousand more, and the top-of-the-line Platinum model starts at about $63,500. Overall, the Toyota Sequoia’s price range overlaps that of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban 1500 but, before heading off to the dealer, a check of the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price will show what other buyers in your area are actually paying for the 2014 Sequoia. For a longer-term investment, the Sequoia is excellent and should hold its resale value better than any other large SUV.

Notable Equipment

There are three trim levels for the 2014 Toyota Sequoia, SR5, Limited and Platinum. Standard equipment on the SR5 includes integrated fog lights, power tilt/slide moonroof, roof rack, 3-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed tilt/telescoping steering wheel with Bluetooth hands-free telephone controls, 8-way driver’s and 4-way front passenger’s seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, all the expected power and convenience features and Entune Audio Plus. The Limited adds a power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, leather seating, Optitron instruments and Entune Premium Audio. The Platinum adds perforated leather seating, Dynamic laser cruise control, Adaptive Variable Suspension, air suspension and Entune Premium JBL Audio.

Notable Options

All three trim levels of the new Toyota Sequoia SUV – SR5, Limited and Platinum – are available with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). Options for the SR5 include a Sport Appearance Package, with 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a Premium Package, with leather-trimmed seating, power-reclining fold-flat 3rd-row seat and auto-dimming rearview mirror with rearview camera monitor, and the Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite. Optional on the Limited is a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system with 9-inch display and 7-passenger seating with 2nd-row captain’s chairs. The only option for the Platinum is Blizzard Pearl exterior color.

Favorite Features

PROVEN RUGGED DURABILITY

Obvious though it might seem, there’s something very reassuring about the peace of mind that comes from knowing the Sequoia brings with it the proven Toyota record of its trucks and SUVs being ruggedly built, highly dependable and manufactured of quality materials. For a family vehicle, it matters.

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.

Under the Hood

One of the best features of the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is its strong and quiet 5.7-liter V8 engine, with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It’s unobtrusively reassuring and is equal to any task the Sequoia may be asked to accomplish. It’s matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission that includes a low first gear for getting a heavy load moving and two overdrive gears that help enhance fuel economy and reduce noise at highway speeds. Taken together, the engine and transmission contribute to the Sequoia’s towing capacity of 7,400 pounds.

5.7-liter V8

381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm

401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 mpg (RWD), 13/17 mpg (4WD), 9/12 mpg (E85, 4WD)

Editors' Notes

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia is for those who need the space and capacity of a full-size SUV and want proven Toyota reliability and quality as well. It includes seating for eight people, a powerful standard V8 engine, optionally available 4-wheel drive (4WD) and a towing capacity of up to 7,400 pounds. Its competition includes the Chevrolet Tahoe, Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition. It may not top all those in every category, such as towing, for example, and its fuel economy is not the best, but it has a great powertrain, advanced features, excellent fit and finish and the peace of mind of rugged Toyota dependability.

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The sequoia fits 3 car seats in a row!

2014 Toyota Sequoia

We love our sequoia. We bought it because we now have 3 children and needed room for 3 car seats(they fit in one row!) Plus a dog and any family members who wanted to come along for the ride. The sequoia is very wide. Its very easy to drive. It does take some getting used to especially parking it. There's so much engine power! We cannot wait to go on our first road trip. For me, the best part of this vehicle is that we can get car seats in and out easily. I can actually climb into the back and fasten my youngest into his car seat in the middle while my daughter is in her booster on the side. My husband did a lot of research on sequoia's verse Chevy Tahoe and suburban. The Chevy Tahoe broke down a lot. The suburban was a lot more reliable. But it could still break down. We come from a long line of Toyota owners. Even if your Toyota breaks down it will still drive to wherever you needed to go. Unless you run out of gas of course. So far there have been no problems with our sequoia. Which I do not expect there to be. My husband keeps our vehicles in great shape and well maintained. Driving on the highway and about town, the sequoia drives well, has lots of power and is very comfortable. There are sensors on the vehicles sides that let me know when another car is in my blind spots. There are also sensors in the front and back. Along w a backup camera. It would be hard to park if there wasn't a camera or sensors. My favorite features are the heated seats. And the see-through blind that goes over the back windows to block the sun. All of the seats fold down easily. You can tilt your seat back too. The front of the SUV has a lot of space. I have a place for my purse, water bottle, coffee cup, gum. There is a place for everything.

- Rachel C

This car is great for growing families, and those who roadtrip.

2014 Toyota Sequoia

The performance is great. It has just enough space for me, the kids, friends, and family. I love the rearview camera. I love the space in the vehicle (plenty of space for items, large glove compartment and area above glove compartment, AMAZING middle console). The 3rd row seating is great and easy to lift up and down.

- Jill W

Sequoia comfortable and reliable.

2014 Toyota Sequoia Limited

My sequoia is very functional and reliable. It is very comfortable. I would recommend this vehicle for a family whose main concern is comfort and safety. It seats 8 comfortably and has plenty of room in the trunk for everything you need to haul, including a large dog. It does consume a fair amount of gas.

- Silvia H

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