The Toyota Sequoia second generation has not changed all that much since 2008 which most Sequoia owners would agree is a good thing. This year Toyota offers the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro package designed for off-road capabilities and it delivers off road and on.
I got to thoroughly test the Sequoia on a road trip from Phoenix to Venice Beach which is about 6 hours one way. It’s like driving a luxury yacht that can go anywhere your heart desires. Feeling inspired, I decided to take a pic with a bunch of tanks at The Patton Museum.
The highlights for me were the comfort of driving in town and long distances, the overall inside space, and performance with the TRD Pro package. This is a head turner of an SUV, if you want something that stands out in the large SUV market then this might be the vehicle for you.
The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is fun to drive and you sit high above traffic and a lot of other vehicles. You can feel the power of the 4WD 5.7L V8 6-Speed Automatic engine and I think because of its size other cars just seem to get out of the way. This would be perfect for my sister as she has two kids and isn’t quite ready to go the minivan route but because of soccer and other activities she needs a lot of space. The second row of chairs are super comfortable for passengers and recline back far enough to sleep. Toyota made everything easy with the driver and passenger experience. The back row seats lay down easily with the touch of a button. Overall a fun and comfortable vehicle to drive and tons of space and technology. This version tows up to 7,100 lbs.
The Sequoia exterior can be described as big and bold . Based on the full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the Sequoia has a big grille with large LED headlights and LED fog lights.A black roof rack is standard equipment on the Sequoia TRD Pro, so are black cast-aluminum running boards. The 18-inch black BBS forged aluminum wheels with Michelin all-terrain tires round out the bold styling . A TRD front skid plate adds both function for off-roading and style.
The first thing I noticed was plenty of storage space and cup holders up front. Navigating the infotainment system was quick and intuitive. Up front, three USB ports provide plenty of options for charging devices and connectivity.
The TRD Pro comes with the 7-occupant option, meaning the second row consists of two bucket seats. They remind me of captain style chairs and have plenty of leg and headroom for rear-seat passengers. Seats are very comfortable and recline back enough to get a nice nap during a road trip. With Toyota’s tri-zone climate control, rear-seat passengers can manage their own temperature controls.
With all three rows in place, the cargo area of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia is adequate but not huge. The second-row seats can be folded flat with the push of a button, the Sequoia’s cargo space opens up a large amount of space.
The Sequoia is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine allowing 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The TRD Pro only comes with 4WD and towing capacity is rated at 7,100 pounds. Power and capability are the biggest reasons to consider a Sequoia. Fuel efficiency is not a reason. The 4WD Sequoia is rated at 13 mpg city / 17 mpg hwy. I did average the stated 17 MPG on my road trip which was a good all around test for this vehicle.
TRD Pro Package
I didn’t get a chance to properly test the vehicle off road but it is more than capable. It has 10 inches of ground clearance, multi-mode 4WD, Fox aluminum-bodied bypass shocks,four-wheel independent suspension and a front TRD skidplate plus all terrain tires.
The 2020 Toyota Sequoia with Off-road TRD Pro package is definitely a contender for anyone considering a vehicle in the Large SUV market. Starting MSRP for this version is $64,105. If you want an SUV with plenty of space and a comfortable drive that stands out on the road, this might be the vehicle for you. You sacrifice gas mileage for power but for most people shopping in this category of vehicle it’s worth it. Overall it was a great experience and consumers are going to be glad Toyota added this off road version to the great line-up of Sequoia versions.
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