The 2020 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV joined the automaker’s TRD Pro lineup at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, featuring a specially tuned suspension for enhanced off-road readiness.
It’s a move by the automaker to keep the aging SUV competitive as rivals bring out redesigned versions of large SUVs.
The Tacoma midsize and Tundra full-size pickups and 4Runner SUVs already wear the TRD Pro badge, signifying off-road credentials combined with comfort for daily driving.
The Sequoia revealed as a 2018 TRD model at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show has been largely unchanged for a decade. It now wears a TRD Pro “TOYOTA” grill with LED headlights and LED fog lights. The truck rolls on TRD 18-by-8-inch black BBS forged aluminum wheels wearing P275/65 R18 tires.
Fox Shocks, used on the Ford F-150 Raptor, have been favorites of off-road enthusiasts and racers for decades. They provide a cushioned ride during typical driving but get firmer on rough trail surfaces. The shocks feature bottom-out-control technology for improved bottoming resistance in unforgiving terrain.
A front skid plate helps protect the front suspension and oil pan during trail driving.
Like all Sequoia models, the TRD Pro gets its power from a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, 90 percent of which is available at just 2,200 RPM. The dual overhead cam engine is mated with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
The standard Multi-Mode four-wheel drive system uses a lockable limited-slip center differential to apply torque to the front and rear wheels. A two-speed transfer case provides a low-range ratio for tackling steep off-road trails.
The Sequoia TRD Pro has an integrated tow hitch, driver-selectable Tow/Haul transmission mode and trailer-sway control. Its tow rating is 7,100 pounds.
The interior features black TRD Pro leather-trimmed seats with red contrast stitching and “TRD Pro” stitched into the front headrests and all-weather floor mats. An eight-way power driver’s seat, power moonroof and tri-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat controls are more useful in daily driving than on rocky trails.
Onboard music sources include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, AM/FM/HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Each is accessible via a high-resolution touch-screen display. All TRD Pro models get the audio enhancements for 2020 as well as push-button start.
The Sequoia TRD Pro comes only with seven-passenger seating featuring middle-row captain’s chairs with a three-across third-row seat whose 60/40 split backs recline. Second-row legroom is 40.9 inches. The third row offers 35.3 inches of legroom.
With both third-row seat backs folded flat, 66.6 cubic feet of cargo is available, sufficient to haul camping gear for four. With the second-row seatbacks also folded, the Sequoia can accommodate objects up to 11 feet long.
Toyota sold 11,121 Sequoias in 2018. Its best sales of 70,187 came in 2002, its second year on the market. Chevrolet, by comparison, sold more than 100,000 Tahoe SUVs last year. Ford sold 54,000 Expeditions.