2023 Toyota Sequoia First Look: Now a Hybrid, This Jolly Giant Is Mean and Green


2023 Toyota Sequoia First Look: Now a Hybrid, This Jolly Giant Is Mean and Green

Sequoia trees are thought to be the oldest living things on Earth, so it’s appropriate that Toyota’s full-size SUV is named for them: The soon-to-be-outgoing Sequoia dates from 2008, and over the three thousand years—okay, 13—it’s been on sale, we’ve watched it slip from first to last in comparison to its competitors. Finally, it looks like a new Sequoia sapling is born: Toyota has revealed the 2023 Sequoia, with a few surprises that make it feel like an SUV for the ages.

If you think the current Sequoia is a bit too plain—and certainly if you think it’s too old—the new one should address your concerns. Up front, the new Sequoia shares its curves and creases with the all-new 2022 Tundra pickup truck. Out back, they’ve been re-interpreted a bit, with a fenderline crease that starts just ahead of the rear door handles and continues straight back to the taillights. It’s less doughy and anonymous than the old model, more aggressive—traits backed up by what’s under the hood.

For those keeping score in the Toyotaverse, the new Sequoia one-ups the (also Land Cruiser-based) Lexus LX600 in the power department. While both large SUVs share a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6, the Sequoia’s is hybridized, assisted by an electric motor. With 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque, it thus bests the Lexus by 28 hp and 104 lb-ft. The hybridized six is an era away from the old Sequoia’s 5.7-liter V-8, which made a paltry—by comparison—381 hp and 401 lb-ft. While we have yet to see official efficiency numbers, we can’t imagine the Sequoia’s hybrid powertrain won’t improve on the LX’s 19-mpg fuel economy; it’s guaranteed to be better than the old Sequoia’s mid-teens mpg.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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