2017 Toyota Sequoia Overview
Powerful, luxurious, and spacious, the 2017 Toyota Sequoia is perfect for families or those who simply need an expansive cargo area and excellent capabilities. There are three trim levels to choose from, and the Sequoia is well worth its starting price for its power, size, technology, and high-end features.
The available power liftgate makes it easy to access to the expansive cargo area by pressing a button on the key fob. You can even close the power liftgate with the key fob, the button within the cargo area, or from the dashboard. If you somehow don’t have enough room inside the Sequoia, the normal roof rack has you covered, and you can even add on cross bars for convenience. Daytime running lights improve visibility at all times, including when the sun is shining. If you take a closer look, you will notice that the Sequoia was built on a fully boxed frame that provides excellent durability, even on rocky terrain.
Performance and Capabilities
No matter how you choose to configure your 2017 Sequoia, it will have the power you need when you need it courtesy of the 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission to deliver the power seamlessly to the rear wheels on the standard configuration. You can also opt for the innovative multi-mode 4WD system that lets you turn a dial to switch from 2WD to 4WD mode and take advantage of the Torsen limited-slip center differential. The Sequoia’s automatic limited-slip differential reduces wheel spin so you get enhanced traction on mud, sand, and similar surfaces.
The Sequoia is an excellent choice if you need to tow a heavy boat or trailer regularly, but don’t like the styling of pickup trucks. After all, this SUV can tow as much as 7,400 pounds so you can easily bring everything you need. Trailer-Sway Control makes towing simpler by managing engine torque and applying brake pressure to each of the individual wheels as it becomes necessary to keep the trailer in control. There is also a TOW/HAUL Mode to optimize the engine’s power by selecting transmission shift points. Opting for the Sequoia Platinum gives you an Electronically Modulated Air Suspension that lets you adjust your ride height based on cargo so you always get a smooth ride.
The interior of the 2017 Toyota Sequoia is ready to meet all of your needs, whether that is providing seating for up to eight passengers or fitting plenty of cargo. You can also configure your Sequoia to seat seven instead and enjoy captain’s chairs instead. If you fold down the rear rows of seats, you get 120.1 cubic feet, a whopping amount of room that should give you more than enough space for furniture, groceries, musical instruments, and more. For added comfort and versatility, most models have power reclining third-row seats that fold flat. The second row always slides, splits 60/40, and folds so you can create numerous configurations that balance passenger room and cargo space.
In addition to the cargo area, the Toyota Sequoia has plenty of other spots to store items, including the twin-level glove compartment with its large lower space and an available multi-functional second-row center console with heated seat controls, extra storage, and more cup holders. For that luxury feel, you can have heated and ventilated front seats in the 2017 Sequoia so you are always the perfect temperature. Second-row passengers will be comfortable, as well, with their own climate controls. If you want to see the sky or feel a nice breeze, open the one-touch power tilt and slide moonroof for a great view.
Keeping your children entertained is easy with some help from the rear-seat Blu-ray disc player. This system gives you a 9-inch display plus two pairs of wireless headphones. It gives this Toyota the designation of the very first production SUV worldwide with available high-definition rear-seat entertainment. The Sequoia always keeps you connected and fully charged with a 12-volt auxiliary outlet ideal for extra lights and cellphone chargers. Opting for the Blu-ray entertainment system also adds a 115-volt AC power outlet to the rear seats, perfect for charging nearly anything from your video games to your laptop. Other available technology includes the Entune Premium Audio System complete with Navigation and the App Suite. The App Suite gives you real-time information on stocks, sports, fuel prices, and weather and access to applications like Yelp, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, Facebook Places, Destination Search, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com.
Even the base Sequoia comes standard with the version of Entune Audio Plus featuring Connected Navigation via the Scout GPS Link App. This system also has advanced voice recognition, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port with iPod compatibility, Siri Eyes Free, SiriusXM radio, HD Radio, and HD Radio Weather and Traffic. You can upgrade it to include Integrated Navigation instead, which gives you a customizable screen with the ability to show as many as three displays at a time. Pick one, two, or three displays to view things like Weather, HD Radio Technology, or Navigation, and you will see everything you need. Audiophiles will love the available JBL Synthesis sound with its 14 custom-engineered speakers that include a subwoofer.
Instead of just regular cruise control, the Sequoia has Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, a system that maintains your preset distance from the vehicle in front based on the vehicle speed and driving lanes. You also get a backup camera to show what is right behind you when you switch to reverse. This Toyota also comes with the Star Safety System, just as expected. This suite of safety features gives you Smart Stop Technology, Antilock Brake System, Traction Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, and Brake Assist. There is also a standard Tire Pressure Monitor System in addition to these features and the Advanced Airbag System with protection via dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags in front, a driver knee airbag, roll-sensing side curtain airbags in every row, and a front-passenger seat-cushion airbag. You can take advantage of the Blind Spot Monitor to give you confidence when changing lanes.
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