- 2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade Edition 4x4

Just How Good Of A Family SUV Is The Sequoia?

I had the keys to this Sequoia. Here are my thoughts.

The Toyota Sequoia has been around for 2 decades now and has gone through few transformations. For the most part, the SUV has been designed for families. This formula has stayed true every year so far. But has it changed? Is it still a good SUV for the family? Let's find out.

Exterior Styling

"...is nothing but..."

From the outside, the Sequoia is nothing but a behemoth made of metal thrown together. With said metal, curves and edges are designed beautifully to attract passersby. The Nightshade Edition comes with black accents and wheels to give a much more appealing look to most. The most intricate feature, or features of the Sequoia, are the headlights. Their design is original and yet catches my eye every time I look at a photo.

Interior Design

"...a plethora of..."

If the exterior size is any indication of how the interior is, then it is definitely a given. There is a plethora of space in every nook and cranny. There is even enough space inside the center console to fit a mammoth. As for the family part of the interior, there is a Blu-Ray DVD Player with headphones for the children, or occupants, in the back of the cabin. Sitting inside and looking out of the windows, it feels as if I am driving a sort of tank or military-grade vehicle ready to take over a small country.

Pricing and Options

So, how much does this Sequoia cost? After everything added up, the total cost comes to $68,309. what does that get a potential owner? For safety, the Sequoia comes with a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking assist sonar. For comfort and convenience, the Sequoia comes with a sat-nav system, Bluetooth connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 3-zone climate control, heated and powered front seats with driver-side memory, powered tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 120V AC power outlet, and RCA jacks, JBL speaker sound system, subwoofer and amp, and Wi-Fi hotspot.


"...behemoth all around.'

The 5.7L V8 under the hood produces 381 horsepower and 401-foot pounds of torque to all four wheels given the multimode 4WD. Sadly, even with my driving habits, I could not achieve more than 10 miles per gallon. As far as ride comfort goes, the Sequoia is nothing less than great thanks to the independent double-wishbone suspension in both the front and rear. Well, that is until the need to come to a stop. Stepping on the brakes of the Sequoia shows how really heavy it is. It is a behemoth all around. Steering is sharp and direct, but strangely light.


"...are plenty of..."

So, is the Sequoia a good SUV for the family? In short yes. But I can't sit here and say it is worth the money despite everything that makes it up. First of all, it is overpriced. The fuel economy is horrendous. The Blue-Ray player is almost obsolete since kids or anyone is going to be on their phones or tablets anyway. There are plenty of options out there that are just more justifiable to spend this kind of money on a vehicle that only is sold for the extra tech that is unneeded. I mean, there wasn't even a heated steering wheel or ventilated seats with that kind of price tag. If I had the money, I'd buy a Kia Telluride.

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Comments (17)

  • Great vehicle but they are thirsty beasts.

      2 months ago
  • Looks a bit outdated, and I'm not sure that interior matches the price point.

      2 months ago
  • I just can't come around to the Tundra style, they're just ugly to me and it seems like the style has been around too long. Oh well, I'm sure the American market is going to eat this things up though, so good for Toyota

      2 months ago
  • In all the arguments suggesting that the tech or the gas mileage is bad. Not one person ever tells you how much you can sell them for used at 150K miles at 10 years of age; because they are durable as a Gen -1 Tacoma. Who cares about 12 miles to the gallon when a simerlatly priced vehicle gets more ‘gas mileage’. Tow or put 5 kids and their gear with that Kia and find out what the real gas mileage is...

    That sequoia will still get 12 and that Kia will get worse gas mileage and have to replace a rear end at 150K.... and be only worth 10K when the sequoia will still sell for $25K.

    You can also buy and SR5 for $45 or less not $63k. They don’t come with those Blueray DVD’s.

      2 months ago
    • Sure. But itll be hard buying a used Sequoia with 150k for $25k. Also, who really is towing with an suv? In my travels I've never seen 1 suv towing anything remotely heavy. That's why people buy trucks for the towing with an extended cab and a...

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        2 months ago
  • Yea it’s like driving a tundra. Interior the same, exterior practically same. Not impressed. And you gotta tow a gas station behind it

      2 months ago