2021 Toyota Sequoia

  • Overview

    A grey 2021 Toyota Sequoia Limited is angled left.

    For some folks, a two-row SUV provides plenty of room for all their needs. They rarely have the need for more than 5 passengers and don’t have much stuff to tow or carry. But for many of us, there is nothing like the space and versatility provided by a full-size three-row SUV like the 2021 Toyota Sequoia. This is one full-size SUV that is the perfect combination of interior space, luxury, and performance in a sporty and dependable package.

    Toyota first introduced the Sequoia to the driving public in 2000, and the 2021 model represents the second generation of this venerable SUV. You can get the 2021 Sequoia in 5 different trims as well as one special edition, with your choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, putting you in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing a Sequoia model that bests fits you and your lifestyle.

    Every 2021 Toyota Sequoia comes with an infotainment system on a 7-inch color touchscreen. This seamlessly integrates the key informational features of the Sequoia with the vehicle’s entertainment system in an easy-to-use manner, so you can switch between apps on your smartphone through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, make calls using Bluetooth, or just listen to the Sequoia’s amazing stereo system. For the family on the move, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia is hard to beat.


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  • Trims

    A black 2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade Edition is shown from the front crossing a bridge.

    The 2021 Toyota Sequoia comes in five different trims as well as one special edition giving you six different options to choose from. The base model is the Sequoia SR5 with a base MSRP of $50,200.* It comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P platform of active safety features and the Smart Key System with Push Button Start. The SR5 rides on 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.

    Trims That Cater to Performance

    Toyota has split the remaining trims into ones that favor performance and those that are designed for improved luxury. The Sequoia TRD Sport builds on the performance and has a base MSRP of $52,195.* For those who don’t know, TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development and is the automaker's in-house tuning shop. The Sequoia TRD Sport rides on 20-inch TRD Sport black alloy wheels with a unique chrome grille surround and TRD sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers. The Sequoia TRD Pro adds Rigid Industries LED fog lights, TRD Pro front and rear TRD-tuned FOX shocks with piggyback reservoirs, and 18-inch black BBS forged-aluminum TRD Pro alloy wheels. It has an MSRP of $64,325.* This is the ultimate full-size SUV for the adventurer who wants a rugged vehicle that can handle everything on and off the road.

    Trims That Cater to Luxury

    The luxury lineup begins with the Sequoia Limited adds leather-trimmed and heated front seats, 20-inch machine-finish split-spoke silver accent alloy wheels, a power liftgate for the trunk, and a premium audio system with Dynamic Navigation. This allows you to have the benefit of a navigation system integrated into the Sequoia’s infotainment system with real-time updates. The Limited has an MSRP of $59,220.*

    The Sequoia Platinum has an MSRP of $66,250* and features a premium audio system with Dynamic Navigation and a JBL stereo sound system with Clari-Fi for the ultimate audio experience. The Sequoia Platinum rides on 20-inch machine-finish split-spoke silver accent alloy wheels. The interior has luxurious perforated leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats.

    The Special Edition

    Toyota also offers the 2021 Sequoia in the Nightshade Special Edition. This trim has an amazing dark finish with black leather trim seats, including second-row captain’s chairs for increased comfort. It rides on 20-inch black split-spoke alloy wheels and has integrated LED fog lights with darkened chrome surrounds. The Sequoia Nightshade truly is a unique edition of this model.

  • Performance

    A grey 2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport is driving down a road with mountains in the distance.

    The Power Behind the Sequoia

    Toyota takes all the guesswork out of choosing your drivetrain as every 2021 Toyota Sequoia comes equipped with a powerful 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 gas engine. This 32-valve engine uses port fuel injection with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence to produce 381 horsepower and generate 401 lb-ft of torque. Toyota utilizes a dual overhead cam configuration on this engine.

    The 2021 Toyota Sequoia pairs its V8 engine with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence. This improves the efficient performance of the powertrain. Toyota includes sequential shift mode and uphill/downhill shift logic on this transmission, making it more effective than most other automatic transmissions on comparable models to the Sequoia.

    Toyota offers you a choice of drivetrains on the 2021 Sequoia. The standard drivetrain is rear-wheel drive, which will provide plenty of power, especially if you plan to use your Sequoia for towing purposes. There is also an available four-wheel drivetrain. The four-wheel drive features a Torsen limited-slip locking center differential. This will allow you to have the wheels turn in unison or independently, depending on the driving condition. The four-wheel drive will give your Sequoia better traction, particularly if you are interested in using your vehicle to go off-roading, while the rear-wheel drive improves towing capacity and fuel economy.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2021 Toyota Sequoia is surprisingly fuel-efficient for a full-size three-row SUV. Both the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive models will give you an estimated 13 miles per gallon in city driving and 17 miles per gallon on the highway. However, the combined fuel economy on the rear-wheel drive is 15 miles per gallon, while the Sequoia with four-wheel drive has a combined 14 miles per gallon.


    The engine on the 2021 Toyota Sequoia generates 401 lb-ft of torque, which makes this SUV ideal for towing purposes, whether you are pulling a camper, recreational vehicle on a trailer, or a small boat. The rear-wheel drive Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds while choosing one with four-wheel drive drops the towing capability slightly to 7,100 pounds.

    Many full-size SUVs have the reputation of being sluggish off the light and difficult to maneuver. You will find that the 2021 Toyota Sequoia has neither of these two deficiencies. Despite having a 122-inch wheelbase, the Sequoia is rather nimble at cornering. This is especially the case with the TRD Sport and TRD Pro models with their special TRD suspension systems. The TRD Sport is designed more for road driving and the TRD Pro for off-roading. The 2021 Sequoia also has very solid acceleration, going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 115 miles per hour.

  • Safety

    A close up shows the blind sport monitoring icon illuminated on the mirror of a 2021 Toyota Sequoia.

    Toyota has a commitment to vehicular safety for you and your passengers that is shown by the fact it has made advanced active safety features standard on all models of the 2021 Sequoia with its Toyota Safety Sense P platform. This consists of five great safety systems that will work to avoid or mitigate collisions.

    Five Great Safety Systems

    The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection will alert you to an imminent impact with a vehicle in front of you and apply emergency braking to either avoid the accident or reduce the impact. It also will alert you if it detects a pedestrian in front of your vehicle, and also apply emergency braking to avoid hitting the pedestrian.

    The Lane Departure Alert will let you know if the system detects that you have crossed a lane line. This will help you keep from drifting and to help avoid a side impact or head-on collision.

    The Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert works in two ways. First, it will tell you if there is another vehicle in your blind spot so you can avoid a crash while you are changing lanes. Second, it will alert you if it detects another vehicle is passing behind your Sequoia when you are in reverse.

    The Automatic High Beams will turn your Sequoia’s high beams on when you are in an area of low light. These will turn off automatically when the outside lighting improves. The system will also turn off the high beams if it detects another vehicle on the road that might be distracted by the high beams.

    The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control automatically adjusts the speed of your Sequoia when you are in cruise control mode if a slower vehicle enters your lane. Once traffic conditions improve, the system will go back to the speed you set for cruising in your Sequoia.

  • Interior Space

    The interior three row seats and a surfboard are shown in a 2021 Toyota Sequoia Platinum.

    Cargo Space

    Whether you are always moving stuff or just need occasional space for big grocery runs, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia offers you the kind of cargo space that comes in handy for folks like you with an active lifestyle. The Sequoia’s liftgate easily opens to offer 18.9 cubic feet of space for your belongings. If you need more space, simply fold down the third row of seats to open up 66.6 cubic feet of total space. Folding down the second row of seats only takes a few minutes and will give you a total of 120.1 cubic feet of space. This gives you the flexibility to use your Sequoia as a cargo van that can easily convert back to a full-size three-row SUV.

    Passenger Space

    Most models of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia seat up to 7 passengers, except for the SR5 and Limited trims that can seat up to 8 passengers. The front row seats the driver and one passenger, the third-row seats 3 passengers, and the second row seats either 2 or 3 passengers depending on which model of the 2021 Toyota Sequoia you choose.

    The designers at Toyota have done a great job of distributing the passenger space in the Sequoia between its three rows of seats. Front-row passengers will enjoy 34.8 inches of headroom, 42.5 inches of legroom, 66.4 inches of shoulder room, and 62.5 inches of hip room, while passengers in the second row will appreciate having 34.9 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, 65.6 inches of shoulder room, and 59.9 inches of hip room. While most other three-row SUVs give very little attention to the third row of seats, often leaving them cramped and uncomfortable for all but the smallest child, Toyota provides a truly spacious third row in the Sequoia. Passengers in the third row receive 34.5 inches of headroom, 35.3 inches of legroom, 65.7 inches of shoulder room, and 50.4 inches of hip room. This is plenty of room for most adults, making the 2021 Toyota Sequoia a true three-row SUV.

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