The Toyota Sequoia is an old American favorite with plenty of history, though it has fallen behind competitors in recent years. And now, the third-gen Toyota Sequoia with a hybrid powertrain, which is already at U.S. dealers, is taking the fight to Chevy and Ford’s models in the aspects of design, features, fuel efficiency, handling, and towing.
Toyota has sold more than 300,000 units of the Sequoia in the first two generations. The company aims to triple sales volume with the complete makeover for the third generation. The 2024 Toyota Sequoia release marks the first model year update for the third-gen SUV, so, obviously, not much has changed. Here’s everything we know about the 2024 Sequoia:
The target buyers of the third-gen Toyota Sequoia are older millennials and Gen Xers with kids as well as active empty nesters who remain close to their families, Joe Moses, General Manager, Vehicle Marketing & Communications (Trucks and SUVs), Toyota North America, said during a press briefing in 2022 (via YouTube/AutoNetwork). These are customers who want to “live legendary” in all aspects, Moses added.
The 2024 Toyota Sequoia carries over the design of the outgoing model, which is as good as new. Toyota gave the Sequoia drastic design changes just back in January 2021, for its third generation. The latest model builds on the third-gen Toyota Tundra’s “technical muscle” design theme, adding the style and sophistication one would expect from a passenger derivative.
At the front, the third-gen Sequoia flaunts a visibly dominating design, thanks to its larger, hexagonal radiator grille, the T-shaped LED headlamps, a more prominent hood, a chunkier bumper, and a silver skid plate.
On the sides, the clearly defined angular character lines and the squared wheel arches, along with the depressed section above that highlights their shape, provide a tough appearance to the third-gen Sequoia. Unlike in the previous generation, the rear quarter glass merges with the windows, and the front three pillars are black. The D-pillars are sharply raked, underlining the SUV’s modern character. Lexus enthusiasts will spot an uncanny resemblance to the third-gen LX in the greenhouse.
Moving to the rear, the slim horizontal tail lights extend onto the shoulders. The new bumper is sleeker, adding sophistication to the look of the redesigned model. In contrast, the new silver skid plate tries to augment the ruggedness. A silver tailgate applique between the tail lights and the model name inscription below the license plate area in block letters are among the other visual highlights at the rear.
Toyota could’ve offered a sliding rear glass in the third-gen Sequoia, but it was quite challenging. Mike Sweers, Executive Chief Engineer Truck Programs Commercial Vehicle, Toyota Motor North America, Research and Development, spoke about the third-gen Sequoia’s design and development in detail to TFLtalk (via YouTube)’s Andre Smirnov. He said that Toyota adopted a hatch instead of a sliding glass at the rear because there’s an aluminum back door and it was difficult to use a flat glass with the styling Toyota’s designers at El Segundo (California)-based Calty Design Research wanted.
Consistency within our Toyota truck SUV is maintained by basing Sequoia’s direction on active recreation. And we also carry forward a strong interlock component design language that symbolizes unbreakable strength and you can see this in the body design.Kevin Hunter, President, Calty Design Research (2023 Toyota Sequoia world premiere on January 25, 2022)
The color palette of the 2024 Toyota Sequoia is slightly different. The exclusive color of the TRD Pro grade is a new shade called ‘Terra.’ Moreover, unlike the outgoing model, it doesn’t come in the Army Green color. The Solar Octane, which was exclusive to the TRD Pro grade, now requires the TRD Sport Package and Tow Technology Package to be enabled.
- Ice Cap
- Wind Chill Pearl
- Celestial Silver Metallic
- Magnetic Gray Metallic
- Midnight Black Metallic
- Supersonic Red
- Smoked Mesquite
- Lunar Rock
- Solar Octane
The 2024 Toyota Sequoia rides on a body-on-frame chassis with a fully boxed frame, shared with the new Tundra. Referred to by Toyota as the TNGA-F platform, it debuted in the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 and now underpins the Lexus LX, too.
According to Toyota, the core objective of this platform is to provide excellent handling while also delivering supreme comfort and off-road capability. New techniques have made this platform more rigid over the previous generation Sequoia, such as a new laser welding technology that helps reduce mass and weight in areas it’s not needed while reinforcing the areas that need it most.
The 2024 Toyota Sequoia uses the same independent front suspension and a rack-mounted electronic power steering system that Toyota says improves the steering feel over the second generation, whereas the rear has a multi-link suspension. Load-Leveling Rear Height Control Air Suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) are available to improve the towing capabilities of the SUV.
Sweers told TFLtalk that Toyota wanted to improve the Sequoia without changing its overall size so that it remains “garageable.” The company changed the second-row seat a couple of distances to the first-row seat a little bit. It also lowered the front seats and gave a more comfortable seating position for the driver and front passenger. Thanks to a lower hip point, tall drivers and front passengers wouldn’t bump their heads anymore.
We didn’t go independent. Our current one has an independent suspension. We went multi-link instead of independent. We didn’t feel it was necessary of an independent suspension on there because I can get better ride quality out of this new platform.Mike Sweers, Executive Chief Engineer Truck Programs Commercial Vehicle, Toyota Motor North America, Research and Development (via YouTube/TFLtalk)
Sweers said that Toyota went for a multi-link rear suspension instead of an independent rear suspension like in the predecessor because it was no longer necessary. The company was able to achieve a better ride quality out of the TNGA-F platform, so it was okay to have a multi-link setup instead now. This platform allowed a lot of component sharing as well. The Sequoia TRD Pro (covered in the section down below), for instance, shares a lot of components with the Land Cruiser 300.
It also allowed us to share components. Now, of course, your spring rates are different, your shocks are, you know, (different), dampening is different. These type of things (are different), but the basic geometry I can share between vehicles, which allows me then to share rear differentials and these type of components.Mike Sweers, Executive Chief Engineer Truck Programs Commercial Vehicle, Toyota Motor North America, Research and Development (via YouTube/TFLtalk)
Speaking to YouTube channel MotoManTV (video released on February 7, 2022), Sweers interestingly revealed that Toyota initially planned to discontinue the Sequoia when it introduced the third-gen Tundra. However, Toyota would lose its presence in the full-size SUV segment in the U.S. with the discontinuation of the Land Cruiser and Sequoia. By keeping the Sequoia close to the new Tundra with the TNGA-F platform and lowering its development and production costs, he succeeded in convincing the Toyota management.
Interior & Features
The interior of the 2024 Toyota Sequoia, like in the outgoing model, is based on the Tundra’s design. However, the trims and some plastic elements are spruced up with faux wood panels or glossy paint to appease the family car buyer.
As the Sequoia’s design was fresh, Toyota didn’t feel the need to make changes in the MY2024 update. The 2024 Sequoia is available with either second-row bench seats or captain’s chairs, which can be reclined or tumbled to improve luggage capacity or comfort. Unlike in the outgoing model, Limited grade customers can also choose between the options.
For the third row, Toyota gives the SUV reclining back seats in addition to a segment-first slide feature which allows customers to move the row fore or aft with 6 inches of adjustment range. In addition, an adjustable cargo shelf system with optionally folding third-row seats ensures cargo can be stored in various configurations and sizes.
The third-gen model’s maximum cargo volume is much less than the second-gen model (120.1 cu. ft.) – 86.9 cu. ft. The hybrid system’s battery mounted under the third-row seats is probably responsible for the space reduction. Customers can choose between fabric-, SofTex-, leather-, TRD Pro Softex-, and Semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats depending on the configuration in the 2024 model year.
Toyota Audio Multimedia system
Coming to the feature list, the 2024 Toyota Sequoia continues to be available with the locally-developed Toyota Audio Multimedia system, which, depending on the grade chosen, has screen sizes measuring from 8 to 14 inches, with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, saved user profiles, cloud-based navigation, and a virtual assistant.
Other noteworthy features include a digital display for the rearview mirror, a Panoramic View Monitor that uses the cameras aboard the SUV for multiple view angles, a hitch view to assist with trailer connections, optional power-folding and extending tow mirrors, hands-free liftgate, 120V power outlets, heated/ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, a premium JBL sound system, panoramic moonroof, Head-Up Display, LED headlights and taillights with sequential turn signals, rain-sensing wipers, and Qi wireless charging.
Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 that includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Alert With Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, and Road Sign Assist are standard in the 2024 Sequoia. Other noteworthy standard safety features include a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking.
Toyota Sequoia Capstone
The third-gen Toyota Sequoia introduced the new Capstone grade, and we expect it to be carried over to the 2024 model year. Currently, the luxury-focused grade offers more sophisticated styling and extra comfort. It includes 22-inch chrome wheels and unique chrome accents that give it an upscale appearance. This is the first time that 22-inch chrome wheels are available in a Sequoia, and they are exclusive to this range-topping grade. Another exterior highlight of the Capstone grade is the power running boards.
The interior of the Capstone grade packs luxury-grade, perforated seats in a distinctive black-and-white color scheme, a Capstone logo on the dashboard, and exclusive acoustic glass on the front doors. Toyota has accented the center console and passenger-side dashboard with American Walnut and an open-pore finish.
While the 2024 Toyota Sequoia’s core design is no different from the current SUV, customers have a new option to enhance its style. The updated model is available with a new Nightshade package that includes 20-inch matte black wheels and various blacked-out parts, such as radiator grille, skid plates, mirrors, badges, and tailgate applique. Priced at USD 500, the Nightshade package is exclusive to the Limited trim.
TRD Off-Road package
The TRD Off-Road package on the 2024 Toyota Sequoia is available on not only the SR5 and Limited grades but also the Platinum grade, and requires opting for a 4WD system.
Priced at USD 2,310 on the Platinum grade, the TRD Off-Road package makes the 2024 Sequoia Platinum more capable with features like an off-road front skid plate, 20-inch TRD Off-Road wheels, electronically controlled locking rear differential, and dedicated suspension with Bilstein shocks. A red TRD engine start button, red front-axle drive shafts, aluminum sport pedals, TRD leather shift knob, Multi-Terrain Select (MTS), Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM), Crawl Control, and Downhill Assist are also part of this pack.
TRD Sport package
The optional TRD Sport package on the 2024 Toyota Sequoia upgrades the standard 18-inch wheels to 20-inch matte-black TRD wheels, TRD sport-tuned Bilstein monotube shocks, and TRD-tuned springs.
2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
Like the outgoing model, the 2024 Toyota Sequoia is available in a TRD Pro grade for extra-rugged styling and greater off-roading capabilities. As an off-roader, it packs TRD-tuned FOX internal bypass shock absorbers, a quarter-inch aluminum TRD front skid plate, selectable locking rear diff, Crawl Control, and Downhill Assist Control.
I just think the vehicle is beautiful. I’m not going to lie, I know I’m a little biased, but I think it’s not a refrigerator on wheels. It’s just a beautiful SUV that really we’ve tamed to do many things. And as we talked before, to me this is simple sophistication, right. It’s very luxurious, but I can take it off-road and do things that a Land Cruiser would do.Mike Sweers, Executive Chief Engineer Truck Programs Commercial Vehicle, Toyota Motor North America, Research and Development (via YouTube/TFLtalk)
A radiator grille featuring “TOYOTA” inscription, marker lights and a TRD light bar, exclusive 18-inch TRD alloy wheels, TRD roof rack, and a twin-tip TRD Pro exhaust make the 2024 Sequoia TRD Pro look ready for adventures. Inside, the TRD Pro grade of the all-new Sequoia includes premium equipment such as TRD heated steering wheel, seats and shift knob featuring TRD accents, and individual second-row seats.
All 2024 Sequoias feature the outgoing model’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid i-FORCE MAX powertrain. First unveiled on the Tundra, this hybrid unit produces 437 hp and 583 lb.-ft. of torque, and comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is packaged such that the motor (generator) is located within the bell housing between the engine and the transmission. A 1.87 kWh Nickel-Metal Hydride battery powers the motor in the case of the Sequoia.
The full-size SUV is available as a 2WD or 4WD, and the 4WD configurations have a driver-selectable lever to toggle between 2WD, 4WD High, or 4WD Low. Additionally, a drive mode selector switch lets the driver choose between Eco, Normal, and Sport modes and the load-leveling rear height control air suspension includes settings for Comfort, Sport S+, and Custom. When set on Sport or Sport+, the i-FORCE MAX powertrain makes use of the electric motor’s instantaneous responsiveness to accelerate the SUV.
Compared to the second-gen Sequoia, the third-gen model offers an approximately 26 percent higher towing capability, of up to 9,520 pounds. That fact has remained unchanged in the 2024 model year.
2024 Toyota Sequoia fuel economy
The 2024 Sequoia 2WD should deliver an EPA-est. fuel economy of 21 mpg (city)/24 mpg (highway)/22 mpg (combined) in all the SR5, Limited, Platinum, and Capstone grades. The 2024 Sequoia 4WD, expected to be available in five grades, (SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone), should return 19 mpg (city)/22 mpg (highway)/20 mpg (combined) EPA-est. fuel economy across the 4WD range.
|Aspect||2024 Toyota Sequoia Specification|
|Engine||i-Force Max 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid|
|Horsepower||437 hp at 5,200 rpm|
|Torque||583 lb.-ft. at 2,400 rpm|
|Battery Pack||Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)|
|Drivetrain Layout||RWD/4WD (with a part-time 4WD system)|
|Expected Fuel Economy||2WD: 21 mpg (city)/24 mpg (highway)/22 mpg (combined)|
4WD: 19 mpg (city)/22 mpg (highway)/20 mpg (combined)
|Aspect||2024 Toyota Sequoia Dimension|
|Height||74.2 in. (SR5 4×4, Limited 4×2, Platinum 4×2, Capstone|
4×2)/74.5 in. (SR5 4×2, Platinum 4×4, Capstone 4×4)/74.6 in. (Limited 4×4)/77.7 in. (TRD Pro)
|Ground Clearance||8.6 in. (2WD)/8.6 in. (4WD)/9.1 in. (4WD TRD Pro)|
|Headroom (1st row)||39.2 in. (Moonroof)/39.2 in. (Panoroof)|
|Headroom (2nd row)||38.4 in. (Moonroof)/37.5 in. (Panoroof)|
|Headroom (3rd row)||35.6 in.|
|Legroom (1st row)||41.2 in.|
|Legroom (2nd row)||39.2 in.|
|Legroom (3rd row)||28.1-33.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room (1st row)||65.0 in.|
|Shoulder Room (2nd row)||61.8 in.|
|Shoulder Room (3rd row)||62.6 in.|
|Hip Room (1st row)||62.6 in.|
|Hip Room (2nd row)||60.8 in.|
|Hip Room (3rd row)||50.9 in.|
|Cargo Volume (behind first row)||86.9 cu. ft.|
|Cargo Volume (behind second row)||49.0 cu. ft.|
|Cargo Volume (behind third row)||22.3-11.5 cu. ft.|
|Aspect\Specification||SR5 (2WD/4WD)||Limited (2WD/4WD)||Platinum (2WD/4WD)||TRD Pro (4WD)||Capstone (2WD/4WD)|
Price & Release Date
The 2024 Toyota Sequoia’s prices (excl. USD 1,850 DPH fee) start at USD 60,875 and go up to USD 77,865. We expect the first units of the new model to start arriving at dealerships in the coming weeks.
|Grade||2024 Toyota Sequoia Price||2023 Toyota Sequoia Price||Difference|
|SR5||USD 60,875||USD 59,865||USD 1,010|
|Limited||USD 67,275||USD 66,265||USD 1,010|
|Platinum||USD 73,465||USD 72,465||USD 1,000|
|TRD Pro||USD 78,710||USD 77,565||USD 1,145|
|Capstone||USD 77,865||USD 76,865||USD 1,000|
Toyota sold 4,797 units of the Sequoia Hybrid in the U.S. in 2022. In 2023, the model’s first full year of sales, the company delivered 9,555 units between January and June. The second half of the year will likely be better, so the yearly total could be over 20,000 units.
The long-overdue third-gen Sequoia is a giant leap over its predecessor and a great family SUV for those who have occasional adventures off the road. Toyota’s new flagship SUV in the U.S. offers a brand-new platform shared with the latest Land Cruiser, smarter looks, a notably more powerful, torquier, and more efficient engine with hybrid technology, an all-new, North American-developed infotainment system, and enhanced off-roading capabilities. While there are cheaper and more space-focused alternatives in the market from American brands, we feel that Toyota loyalists and Sequoia fans will look no further!
2024 Toyota Sequoia FAQs
What is the 2024 Toyota Sequoia release date?
We expect the 2024 Sequoia to begin reaching dealers in Fall 2023.
What is the 2024 Toyota Sequoia price?
The 2024 Toyota Sequoia’s prices start at USD 60,875 (excl. USD 1,850 DPH fee).
Which full-size SUVs are competitors to the 2024 Toyota Sequoia?
Competitors include the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Ford Expedition, and the Dodge Durango.
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