The optional 4-wheel-drive system includes a 2-speed transfer case with a true low range good for serious off-roading and other heavy-duty tasks, while a Torsen limited-slip differential helps distribute power in a predictable, steady manner. Switching between the system's modes only involves turning a simple dash-mounted knob.
Thanks to a 4-wheel independent suspension and tubular anti-roll bars, the Sequoia rides and handles quite well. An air suspension on the Platinum Sequoia further improves comfort and towing. The Platinum also includes 20-inch wheels. Stopping power is good, even when the Sequoia is fully loaded, thanks to big 4-piston anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist. Electronic stability control helps maintain safety for abrupt maneuvers or on slippery surfaces.
Proof that the Sequoia was built to handle demanding towing tasks, the SUV's tow hitch is integrated into the frame. This allows tow ratings to range as high as 9000 pounds, and the transmission includes a tow/haul mode to utilize engine braking. Eight-passenger seating is standard on the SR5 and Limited trims Sequoia while the Platinum, Capstone and TRD Pro come with 7 seats.
One of the best things about the Sequoia is that although it wears a Toyota badge, it has an interior well-equipped enough to feel like a Lexus. The extensive standard-equipment list includes a 3-zone climate control system, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, Smart Key keyless entry, Dynamic Radar Cruise control and Entune Audio Plus, which features an 8-speaker HD Radio and Sirius XM satellite radio system, and Bluetooth.
The Limited trim adds 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated leather 10-way power-adjustable seats, a power liftgate, and voice activated navigation.
The TRD Pro is the off-road model which features 18-inch forged aluminum wheels, black exterior accents, 5 skid plates, LED daytime running lights, and off-road low-speed cruise control.
At the top of the range, the Platinum adds 20-inch diamond cut-finish alloys, the load-leveling air suspension, a 14-speaker sound system, memory driver's seat, ventilated front seats and second-row heated seats, and a 14-inch touchscreen.
Safety features across the lineup include active lane departure, blind spot warning, forward and rear collision mitigation, front pedestrian detection, a driver attention alert and traffic sign information system.