2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Professional
Class: Massive SUV
Seating capability: 7
|CG Report Card
|Room and Consolation
|Energy and Efficiency
|Match and End
|Gasoline Economic system
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim degree evaluated, and will not replicate Shopper Information’s impressions of your complete mannequin lineup.
|Massive & Tall Consolation
|Massive & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Massive” score based mostly on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score based mostly on 6’6″-tall male tester.
|Turbo hybrid V6
Miles pushed: 119
Noticed gasoline economic system: 16.5 mpg
Driving combine: 65% metropolis, 35% freeway
EPA-estimated gasoline economic system: 19/22/20 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gasoline kind: Common gasoline
Snow Efficiency: N/A
Base value: $78,710 (not together with $1850 vacation spot cost)
Choices on take a look at car: Panoramic roof ($500), sprint cam ($499), TRD roof rack ($1395)
Worth as examined: $81,104
The nice: Ample energy, roomy and cozy cabin
The nice: Massive touchscreen, easy management structure, strong really feel
The not so good: Sophisticated cargo-area association, restricted Third-row consolation
On the subject of advertising and marketing large, body-on-frame SUVs, Common Motors has an enormous leg up on the opposite carmakers within the phase. GM can attain value-oriented customers by way of the Chevrolet Tahoe and longer Suburban, upscale and off-road minded customers with the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and luxurious consumers with the Cadillac Escalade, which can also be provided in two lengths.
Ford, too, has a bonus, advertising and marketing variations of the identical truck as the favored Ford Expedition, and opulent Lincoln Navigator. And, each the Expedition and Navigator are provided in two lengths. Jeep, too, takes a two-pronged method to the large SUV phase, although the jury is out on how profitable the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer technique really is.
To its credit score, Toyota isn’t trying to cowl your complete big-rig discipline, as its 2024 Sequoia lineup doesn’t begin as affordably because the Tahoe (about $58,000), or peak as excessive because the Escalade (beginning round $84,000).
The tidy, five-model Sequoia lineup begins with the bottom SR5 (about $63,000), and ascends by the midlevel Restricted ($69,000), upscale Platinum ($76,000), luxury-level Capstone ($80,000), and off-road-oriented TRD Professional ($81,000). 4WD is normal on the TRD Professional and Capstone, and optionally available on different trim ranges.
Redesigned for the 2023 mannequin yr, the Sequoia moved to Toyota’s versatile TNGA-F structure, which additionally underpins the model’s Tundra full-size pickup. With the redesign got here a brand new engine, Toyota’s i-Power Max powerplant, which mates a turbocharged, hybrid 3.4-liter V6 with a 10-speed computerized transmission. The engine is rated at a stout 437 horsepower, up from 381 within the previous-generation Sequoia with its thirsty 5.7-liter V8.
Shopper Information just lately spent per week behind the wheel of a 2024 Tundra TRD Professional in eye-catching Terra (that’s the colour). All informed, our full-size Toyota SUV rang in at $82,954, together with vacation spot cost.
The rugged-looking TRD Professional backs up its robust stance with some official off-road gear, most of which ought to ease the minds of Snowbelters simply on the lookout for a bit of insurance coverage the subsequent time the Midwest is walloped with one other “critical present occasion.”
Distinctive to the TRD Professional are 18-inch, black-finish BBS-brand alloy wheels shod with particular tires, Fox-brand shock absorbers with distant reservoir, a entrance stabilizer bar, protecting skid plates, an electronically managed locking rear differential, off-road driving modes, a crawl management system, a hill-descent management perform, and particular trim components. Counterintuitively, TRD-brand operating boards are additionally a part of the “Professional” gear group, which is able to must be eliminated earlier than the truck does any critical off-road work.
Inside, Sequoia’s shiny and fashionable cabin is each spacious and cozy. Inside trim is value applicable, although might path in high quality considerably relative to the fittings present in higher trims ranges of the Expedition and Yukon. That stated, nothing seems or feels low-cost.
Massive doorways and loads of area make the entrance two seating rows simple to entry and long-haul comfy. The third row, nevertheless, is one other story. Due to the hybrid drivetrain, the battery particularly, the threerd-row seats don’t fold flat into the ground. As a substitute, as a result of the battery lives down under the load flooring, the seatbacks merely fold down over the seat bottoms. To compensate for this, type of, the Sequoia is supplied with an adjustable cargo shelf that may be moved to permit for a steady load flooring. This appears like an undue trouble, and isn’t one thing consumers of $80,000 SUVs will wish to cope with. This association might show to be a deal breaker for customers seeking to do a whole lot of cargo hauling.
Moreover, the flat flooring within the 3rd-row limits legroom, and forces occupants of the rearmost seat into an uncomfortable “leg-out” place which is not going to swimsuit bigger passengers properly on lengthy journeys.
In any other case, the cabin works properly, as do the first controls. The big middle touchscreen handles mostly used features, save for local weather, and does so merely and successfully sufficient. The display screen is simple to learn in direct mild, and the icons simple to determine at a look. And, we discovered the 14-speaker JBL audio system as much as the duty of recreating the mid-century jazz most popular by this editor.
On the highway, the Sequoia TRD Professional strikes out neatly. The large, turbo V6 delivers loads of helpful energy, and boasts reassuring reserves of passing and merging muscle. There drivetrain just isn’t good, nevertheless, we discovered the transmission inclined looking and extreme shifting at low pace and when decelerating. The around-town transmission busyness can show annoying in stop-and-go visitors, however trails off as speeds climb.
The Sequoia rivals the Expedition for the title of best-handling giant SUV. It feels properly managed in most conditions, and doesn’t lean in corners with the identical sloppiness of different large rigs. Moreover, by our seats of the pants, the TRD Professional rides extra comfortably than the Capstone we examined final yr. We suspect the Professional’s extra beneficiant tire sidewalls (275/65R-18 vs. the Capstone’s 265/50R-22) play a task is smoothing out the trip.
And as for the departed V8 engine: When final we examined an 8-cylinder-equipped Sequoia, we noticed a mixed 15.Four mpg in largely freeway driving. In largely metropolis driving, our 2024 tester returned 16.5 mpg, a greater than 1 mpg enchancment. The fuel-economy bump is made moreover spectacular provided that the brand new Sequoia boasts 56 extra horsepower.
There’s an intangible worth to the TRD Professional that doesn’t play too properly in our goal analysis: Presence. Throughout our analysis our take a look at truck garnered quite a few feedback relating to the colour and common visible enchantment of the truck, all fairly constructive. Certainly, the Sequoia seems the a part of rugged, post-apocalyptic survivor, in the absolute best approach.
2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Professional Gallery
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