2017 Toyota Sequoia Review

We are in for a yet another release from Toyota which this time bears the name of 2017 Toyota Sequoia. The model is being issued as an update to the vehicle which has taken everybody by storm the first time it was released. The Sequoia managed to stood out when it was released in an US market which was mainly dominated by domestic big American SUVs. The Japanese product came as a surprise and was given less chance of making it here than other models that were available then. After 16 years, the Sequoia brand is pushing strong and we have the vehicle in front of us to confirm that the market for this kind of car still exists.

2017 Toyota Sequoia Redesign

The current model has been around since 2013 and has not changed significantly even with the 2008 version which came before it. The 2013 in fact marked an overhaul of the Toyota Sequoia but was actually regarded as a light refresh. This is a perfect time to add some innovations to the car and make it a bit fresher as the threat of the competing car is rising ever so slightly with the newest releases. The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is going to keep the brand afloat and give it a new face which is going to keep the car for a period longer.

This upgrade is actually going to mainly concentrate on the comfort specs and is looking to enhance the vehicle’s comfort settings. This brings us to the interior changes which are not only enhancing the comfort of the car but also give us an expanded technological upgrade which was expected from a new model. Besides this we also get some mechanical changes which can also be a great addition for the model.

So whether the 2017 update for the Toyota Sequoia is good enough to keep the model afloat for the next season, find out here by studying this review.

Exterior

The exterior changes are going to keep to the traditional look even for the 2017 Toyota Sequoia. It appears that they have decided to keep the outer part of the car nearly intact, but this does not mean that the car remains the same. It still bears the aerodynamic-friendly mirrors, roof rack and A-pillars, but expands with other details that update the model’s look.

2017 Toyota Sequoia front view

Just by merely looking at the car we can see what the premise of the Japanese maker is, and that is to keep the Sequoia what it has always been, a truck with comfort ability of a car. It sits nice and high as it always has and has great aerodynamic specs for a large truck like this one.

2017 Toyota Sequoia rear view

This new addition gives some minor details that update the exterior, like headlamp washers which come standard. The Limited package expands the offer even further as it gives us power-retracting mirrors, mirror-mounted turn-signal lamps and glare resistant mirrors as well. With the Platinum package you get everything that the Limited has and adds mirror position memory, mirror-mounted puddle lamps and reverse-linked tilt functions.

Interior

The main premise of the 2017 Toyota Sequoia takes after what we have seen from the previous models but still gives us an expanded range of new features. The model still fits 8 people and provides plenty of space for all the passengers as it did before. There is an option of using the captain’s chairs in the second row, but this decreases the number to 7 passengers. But all in all, it is still the perfect family vehicle as it offers an expanded range of spacing and added features which are going to make any family much happier when going on a road trip.

2017 Toyota Sequoia interior

The interior utility is still pretty good and is one of the prime aspects of the 2017 Toyota Sequoia model. Thus the cargo area carries up to 11 feet, with both rear rows folded flat, which actually amounts to 120.1 cubic-feet of interior cargo space. The rear hatch area actually allows you only to open just the rear glass as it is a two-piece design. There is also a grouping of hooks added where you can hang grocery bags or use it for other things that you carry. The color choices for the inside are actually very limited. It does not hold a large offer and you are able to chose between only two, either Graphite or Sand Beige.

2017 Toyota Sequoia trunk, cargo space

Engine

There are some great news for the engine update of the 2017 Toyota Sequoia model. In fact the 310-horsepower, 327-pound-feet 4.6-liter V-8 engine has been eliminated and will not be used for this model year. The engine that gets to replace it and becomes a standard one for the Sequoia is the iForce 5.7-liter V-8 engine, which cranks up to 581 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The engine is updated with  dual-independent VVT-i, valve timing for optimal performance and fuel economy. Acoustic Control Induction System and many more additions which improve the engine significantly. A 6-speed automatic transmission is paired with the setup allowing you better gear shifting and changing ability.

2017 Toyota Sequoia engine

Release date and price

The newest 2017 Toyota Sequoia is going to become available by next year. The model is nearly ready and is going to be prepared for the next season and the official showcasing is this year but the release date is next year, in the first part of the carry, when the car also becomes available for sale. The starting price is a base MSRP of $40,930, which is going to rise of upper trim levels.

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