The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Moooove Over, the Sequoia is bigger than ever!

- By Marc D Grasso

As consumers continue to love monster 7-passenger SUVS, Toyota gives its flagship a much needed overhaul. Our tester, the 4WD Sequoia Capstone Hybrid wrapped in Wind Chill Pearl with a piano black and white interior. When I say big, this vehicle is a monster. As Toyota consumers continue to push the mass-market manufactur­er for more and more, we notice excellence inside and out.

With an I-FORCE MAX Twin-turbo V6 Hybrid engine producing 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque, the Sequoia has no problem flexing its muscles and getting up and going. With 5 trim levels available, the Sequoia is offered in SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro and our Capstone tester. Featuring a $70K plus price tag, the Capstone offers that luxury feel Toyota specialize­s in with their upscale brand, Lexus, but with a “priced-right” price tag and large bang for the buck. Compared to the Chevrolet Tahoe, Jeep Wagoneer and Ford Expedition, the Toyota Sequoia certainly offers that luxury exterior appearance with interior similariti­es.

Our 2nd row captains chairs were very comfortabl­e, the 3rd row seating was spacious and fitting for adult size passengers, while the 14-inch infotainme­nt system was easy to use, easy to see and offered a JBL audio system with 14 speakers. Riding on 22-inch wheels, the Sequoia had a great overall ride. They have adjusted their wheel-base over previous generation­s, which leveled out the ‘tophe

aviness’ of what was previously present; a great decision and generation­al update.

We saw the release of the 2023 Toyota Sequoia live in person at the New York Auto Show. Not only was the Supersonic Red a showstoppe­r, experienci­ng it in person was evenly as great. When in the market for a large, family moving, storage creating SUV, the Sequoia definitely packs a big punch and a good option in today’s offerings from consumers. Although I admire the Sienna minivan styling in a monster vehicle, the Sequoia is big and proud of its new updates and will continue to make a mark in the monster 7-passenger SUV market.

Grasso’s Garage is here for you! Are you in the market for a new car? I would be happy to provide my honest input. All you have to do is email me: marc.grasso@bostonhera­

MSRP: $78,300 MPG: 19 city / 22 highway / 19.2 as tested

As Tested: $80,906

 ?? PHOTO BY MARC GRASSO ?? 2023 Toyota Sequioa
PHOTO BY MARC GRASSO 2023 Toyota Sequioa

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