Drivetrain: The 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 is a capable grunt-master if you can stand the fuel bills; rear- and optional four-wheel-drive.
With attention focused on its new mid-sized Tacoma pickup, Toyota is backing off major changes in its full-size truck-based Sequoia for 2016. For something this large, you get nothing less than up-to-eight-passenger capacity and a cargo hold to match. The three-section (40/20/40) second-row bench seat can be moved forward or back across a six-inch range while the third-row 60/40 split bench comes with a reclining seatback. You can also substitute the second-row three-person bench seat for twin high-back buckets. All but the driver’s seat can be folded flat for toting big and bulky loads and the liftgate includes a handy power window. The Sequoia is adapted from the Tundra pickup and looks similar from the front doors forward, although it hasn’t received the alterations made to its sibling for the 2014 model year. Also Tundra-based is its sole powerplant. All models use the 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard while four-wheel-drive is optional. The well-equipped base SR5 includes tri-zone (driver, passenger and rear) air conditioning, manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows, front and rear parking sensors, eight-speaker audio system, headlamp washers and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Limited adds a leather-clad interior, overhead console, heated and power-retracting outside mirrors, running boards, roof rack, 14-speaker audio package and fancier dash trim. Along with the stouter V8, the Platinum comes with a power sunroof, power rear hatch, heated and air conditioned front seats, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, navigation system, power fold-flat third-row seat, 20-inch wheels and a load-leveling rear suspension. For the 2016 model year, Toyota is upgrading all its Entune multimedia systems to be easier to use, and be Siri Eyes Free voice-command compatible. Also, minor additions to the Limited-grade Safety and Convenience package include blind-spot monitoring and memory functions for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors.