The 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 is a capable grunt-master; rear- and optional four-wheel-drive.
While General Motors is getting all the attention with its thoroughly reworked family of full-size truck-based SUVs for 2015, Toyota is holding steady with its rough-and-ready Sequoia. 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 the SUV 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 2015 model year, Toyota offers an optional rear-seat entertainment system that plays Blu-Ray movie discs.