2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone Review: In-Depth Analysis of Price & Performance

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone is a highly anticipated SUV that combines power, style, and versatility. With its spacious interior, advanced technology features, and impressive towing capacity, the Sequoia Capstone is ready to take on any adventure. Whether you’re tackling rough terrain or cruising on the highway, this SUV is designed to deliver a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.

It’s also equipped with a range of safety features that protect you and your passengers. The Sequoia Capstone is a great choice for anyone looking for a reliable and luxurious SUV.

Toyota Sequoia Capstone Specifications:

  • Model: 2023 Toyota Sequoia Capston
  • Base Price: $88,000
  • Wheelbase(mm): 3,100
  • Length/Width/Height (mm): 5,285 / 2,021 / 1,891
  • Curb weight (kg): 2,790
  • Engine: 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 with hybrid system
  • Horsepower: 427 hp @ 5,200 rpm
  • Torque: 583 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic
  • Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, 4WD
  • Fuel Consumption ( City/Highway/Combined ) L/100km:12.6 / 10.5 / 11.7
  • Observed Fuel Consumption (L/100km): 14.3


In 2022, Sequoia needed an update as it was falling behind its competitors, but in 2023, it has been improved to meet our expectations. Enhanced aesthetics, upgraded engine system, and increased internal room. A significant development is the i-FORCE MAX powerplant. As for your question about forcing Max Verstappen to do something, we are also unaware of any such situation. However, in Toyota terminology, it refers to the new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine combined with a hybrid electric motor. The vehicle produces 427 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque, which are managed by a 10-speed automatic transmission and a part-time 4WD system. The goal is to have high productivity while maintaining good fuel efficiency. The towing capability is 9,000 lbs.

Toyota Sequoia

We need to catch the Toyota’s previous V8 engine. The hybrid V6 engine generates ample low-end torque, providing brisk acceleration and ensuring the Sequoia never feels sluggish or inactive. Each of the 427 horses feels easily reachable. This is nearly miraculous for a large SUV like this and is what has convinced us. Passing on the highway is easy – accelerate by pressing the throttle, and the transmission and hybrid system will handle the rest. 

The sound does not resemble that of a V6 engine, much less a hybrid. At maximum power, it produces the resonant sounds of a V8 engine, creating an exhilarating auditory experience. Part of the sound enhancement is achieved by Toyota’s Active Sounds Control system, which transmits intake sounds into the cabin through speakers, resulting in the Sequoia emitting a satisfying V8 truck sound. 

The Sequoia excels in terms of performance but needs more fuel efficiency. The hybrid system provides torque during gear shifts and at low speeds. Electric-only driving is possible when cruising with minimal throttle input or at speeds below 20 km/h. Exercising caution with the accelerator prevents the engine from becoming active, requiring a delicate touch to avoid provoking the V6 engine. By driving gently, you can get an average fuel consumption equivalent to our SUV’s 14.3 L/100km yield, which is rather good for this size of vehicle. It did not come close to Toyota’s stated average of 11.7 L/100km, even when driving gently and maximizing electric driving. The Sequoia only needs 87-octane standard fuel, which is a positive aspect. 

Sequoia Capstone

The Sequoia is a three-row SUV based on the Toyota Tundra truck. It features an adjustable air suspension that provides a comfortable ride, effectively absorbing minor bumps and handling larger ones with slightly less finesse. The vehicle handles more like a truck than an SUV, displaying the characteristic body-on-frame shudder when encountering bumps, causing a momentary stuttering motion from side to side before stabilizing. It moves effortlessly on solid roads and highways, gliding smoothly. 

Toyota Capstone

The Sequoia’s updated exterior design aligns with Toyota’s current lineup. For those seeking a more robust look and performance, Toyota has a TRD PRO grade option. The cabin has the most significant change. This place epitomizes functional luxury. The design features a balanced amount of leather and wood paneling, avoiding an excessive or cheap appearance and ensuring the price tag is justified. The Capstone grade is the top tier for all Sequoias, offering options like 22-inch wheels, semi-aniline leather seats, a head-up display, and a JBL 14-speaker audio system. 

The walnut wood trim is realistic but not the most luxurious veneer we have encountered. The semi-aniline leather seats are both the softest and most comfortable examples. They were likely reserving the finest hides for the Lexus LX. However, as you sit in the front seat, you will encounter a large steering wheel. The leather grip is more substantial than the one on BMW M wheels. The 14.0-inch touchscreen is user-friendly and straightforward, with no complexity or learning required. We had no issues with it because there are hard buttons and switches for all the frequently used features, allowing quick input without navigating through several sub-menus. Valued as a reliable workhorse. 

We like the electronically deployed doorsteps, which are especially beneficial for individuals of shorter stature who may struggle to access higher trucks. The doorstep is automatically stored beneath the floor bed when not in use to improve aerodynamics. We also value the intentionally broad window sill that protrudes outward and has been designed to serve as an armrest. The modest modification creates a very comfortable seating position similar to a couch, a feature commonly found in trucks but not often seen in large SUVs. 

If you require a three-row vehicle, Toyota provides the spacious Highlander and Sienna models, both of which are offered as hybrids. The Sequoia is designed for individuals seeking the utmost in every aspect. Maximum towing capacity, maximum cargo capacity, maximum power, maximum efficiency, and i-FORCE MAX. This Sequoia embodies the perfect combination of functional luxury and high-powered efficiency that we have always desired. 

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