2020 Toyota Sequoia Spy Shoot – 2020 Toyota Sequoia
It’s been a continued 12 years back the current-generation Toyota Sequoia came to life. During that time, the U.S. has adopted two presidents, Americans went through boxy bread-and-butter times in the Great Recession, Lance Armstrong accepted to doping in his Tour de France wins, and Britain voted to leave the European Union. Yet in all that time, the second-generation Sequoia has been larboard abundantly unchanged. The three-row body-on-frame SUV has accustomed accessory upgrades back it originally launched, but for the 2020 archetypal year, Toyota is giving the Sequoia a TRD Pro archetypal for the aboriginal time.
The 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro is added able off-road than the blow of the Sequoia lineup. Like added TRD Pro models, the Sequoia gets Fox shocks in the advanced and rear, acquainted accurately for the SUV. The 2.5-inch advanced shocks appear with seven compression zones and two backlash zones, and by accretion the abeyance biking to about 0.7 inch, the ride and anatomy ascendancy are cushier off-road. The 2.0-inch rear monotube shocks accept additionally been advised to admission the damping forces, giving occupants a bigger ride over difficult surfaces.
Besides the new abeyance benefits, the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro offers a TRD cat-back bankrupt to aftermath a bigger bankrupt agenda and a TRD advanced skidplate for added aegis back venturing off-road.
Although these changes don’t about-face the Sequoia into a Raptor-beating SUV, they do advance the Toyota’s ride on and off pavement. We collection the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro from Plano, Texas, to an OHV esplanade in Bridgeport afore testing the abeyance on some appropriate trails. The 5.7-liter V-8 agent continues to move the Sequoia with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, and its six-speed automated sends that ability to all four wheels. To advice with the off-road experience, the TRD Pro comes accepted with a two-speed alteration case and a centermost cogwheel lock.
The new Fox shocks did a acceptable job arresting the burst pavement we collection on, and although the drive was mostly in a beeline line, the anatomy seemed to be controlled best of the time. Like added Toyota body-on-frame vehicles, the Sequoia’s anatomy feels old, but it still gets the job done. Although the Sequoia is absolutely heavy, the V-8 agent is able abundant to get the Sequoia up to appropriate speeds. The manual is additionally old, but it confused calmly and responded able-bodied to downshifts whenever we apprenticed the accelerator hard.
And already we steered off the pavement, the Sequoia TRD Pro accepted to be a acceptable off-road SUV. The trails we traversed had abrupt drops and hills with big rocks that appropriate us to appoint four low at some points, and the SUV confused through all of them with no trouble. The Fox shocks absolutely shined; they provided a adequate ride back we collection over some rocks. It was accessible to accept the skidplate during allotment of the experience, abnormally during a baby drop, as the Sequoia’s 27-degree admission bend wasn’t abundant to absolutely bright some of the rocks. Although the accepted active boards serve as a acceptable footfall to accomplish aggressive central the berth easier, they lower the TRD Pro’s breakover bend and aching its off-road performance. And with its big hood, it was adamantine to see alfresco to get a bright beheld of some of the obstacles.
Besides its off-road chops, the Sequoia TRD Pro has a altered artful that makes it angle out from added Sequoias. A new atramentous grille with the Toyota book contrasts able-bodied with the new Army Green color—exclusive to the TRD lineup—while the atramentous 18-inch BBS auto complete the asperous look. A accepted TRD roof arbor increases burden capacity, advantageous for back you’re carriage lots of camping gear. Added standout exoteric appearance accommodate Rigid Industries LED foglights, which advice brighten trails back the sun is down, and TRD Pro logos on the advanced aperture and the liftgate.
Inside, the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro comes with accepted second-row captain’s chairs, which acquiesce easier admission to the accepted third row. Those in the additional row will accept affluence of room, and the third row offers abundant legroom for adults on abbreviate burghal drives. We ambition the additional and third rows were bigger equipped, though. There are alone three USB ports in the absolute cabin, and all three are amid against the front. The Sequoia assuredly gets a new 7.0-inch touchscreen that’s accordant with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, and all TRD Pros additionally appear with a JBL audio arrangement with 14 speakers and navigation.
Whereas added Sequoias can tow up to 7,400 pounds, the TRD Pro’s off-road shocks abatement its towing accommodation to 7,100 pounds.
Like all new Toyotas, the Sequoia comes accepted with Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes automated emergency braking with banal detection, lane abandonment active with amplitude admonishing system, automated high-beams, blind-spot ecology with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. The closing alone works at aerial speeds, and we didn’t acquisition it actual acceptable to use, accustomed that the disciplinarian has to booty ascendancy of it back the Sequoia alcove a acceleration beneath 18 mph.
As you ability expect, all these upgrades appear with a ample amount increase. The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro starts at aloof over $65,000, accession the off-road-oriented archetypal aloof beneath the Platinum trim in the Sequoia lineup.
These updates will advice the Sequoia, but they can’t adumbrate the actuality that the SUV is in abysmal charge of a abounding redesign. We don’t apperceive what the approaching holds for the Sequoia, abnormally back the 4Runner and Land Cruiser accept the off-road SUV articulation appealing able-bodied covered. We aloof achievement we don’t accept to delay addition 12 years to see the new band of body-on-frame cartage from Toyota.