2021 Toyota Sequoia, Now as Old as Its Tree Namesake, Gets Minor Updates

The Toyota Sequoia mega-SUV soldiers on. Mostly unchanged from 2008, it receives a few minor updates for the 2021 model year. Along with a new Nightshade edition, the 2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro trim replaces its available Army Green paint color with a bluish-green option called Lunar Rock. While it may be old, the Sequoia remains competitively priced with rivals.

The 2021 Toyota Sequoia starts at $51,465, an increase of $120 over the previous model year. At this starting price, the Sequoia remains competitive with the far newer Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition, as well as the not-as-new Nissan Armada.

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Opting for four-wheel drive adds $3,225 to any trim level, except the TRD Pro, which comes standard with the feature. Once again, all Sequoias are powered by a naturally aspirated 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8. Don’t expect stellar fuel economy from this body-on-frame SUV: The 2020 model was rated just 13/17 mpg city/highway.

In past reviews, we’ve also criticized the Sequoia for its poor steering and ancient interior. In a big SUV comparison test last year, its last place finished demonstrated just how much the Sequoia needs an update. A bright spot in the Sequoia lineup is the TRD Pro trim, which was new for the 2020 model year. This version proves to more capable off-road compared to other Sequoias, boasting Fox shocks in the front and rear.

For 2021, the Nightshade special edition gives the Sequoia a cool new look with black accents on the exterior and interior. Based on the Limited, this model features leather-trimmed seats and will be available in three paint options: Midnight Black Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Blizzard Pearl.

2021 Toyota Sequoia Prices

  • SR5: $51,465
  • TRD Sport: $54,180
  • Limited: $60,485
  • Nightshade: $61,485
  • TRD Pro: $65,590
  • Platinum: $67,515


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