2016 toyota sequoia Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Toyota Sequoia gains an updated version of the Entune infotainment system featuring Connected Navigation and Siri Eyes Free. A new option called the Safety and Convenience package is now available for the Limited grade and comes with driver aids such as blind spot warning, lane change assist, and memory function for the driver’s seat and side mirrors.
The 2016 Toyota Sequoia is a large three-row SUV that’s available in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations and can seat up to eight passengers.
One engine is available in the 2016 Sequoia: a 5.7-liter V-8 rated at 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque that’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of the drivetrain configuration, fuel economy isn’t a strong point at 13/17 mpg city/highway. When properly equipped, the Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds. Thanks to its massive size, there’s plenty of cargo space at 18.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 66.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 120.1 cubic feet behind the front seats.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Sequoia also comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Blind spot warning and lane change assist are available only on the Limited and Platinum trim levels.
The 2016 Sequoia earned a four-star rollover safety score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base SR5 trim comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, cloth upholstery, eight-passenger seating configuration, a 40/20/40 split-folding second row, a 60/40 split-folding third row and tri-zone climate control. Stepping up to the mid-level Limited trim adds chrome side mirrors, chrome door handles, 20-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, the Entune Apps suite, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Finally, the range-topping Platinum trim adds a JBL premium audio system, rear-seat Blu-ray player with a nine-inch screen, perforated leather upholstery, heated second row captain’s chairs, and adaptive cruise control. Some of the extra standard features found on the Platinum trim can be had on the Limited grade as optional extras including the JBL premium audio system, blind spot warning, and second-row captain’s chairs.
What We Think
While it’s technically past its expiration date, the Sequoia remains a decent choice for those that want a reliable SUV with plenty of space and generous towing capability. In a comparison test that also included the Nissan Armada, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Ford Expedition, the Toyota Sequoia won thanks to its strong acceleration, generous towing capacity, and quiet interior. However, the SUV’s steering was light and numb. We said in a 2008 First Drive review that the range-topping Platinum variant had a Lexus-like features list and rode confidently with high levels of comfort.
The Sequoia and Tundra share the same 5.7-liter V-8 and platform.
- Roomy cabin
- Surprisingly strong acceleration
- Drives smaller than it actually is
You Won’t Like:
- Light and numb steering
- Unimpressive fuel economy
- Way past its expiration date