2023 Toyota Sequoia Platinum Hybrid AWD - Is bigger for you?
A little while ago I drove a Lexus LX600, the upscale cousin of the Sequoia, and so help me I liked it. So I should have liked the '23 Sequoia, after all it's almost a Lexus just not as expensive. And what's not to like, it is a Toyota right?
I saw a clip on TV about how difficult it is to see objects in the front or rear of so many new vehicles. I remember a time when that was a topic of many reviews. Now of course we have a TV screen to give us a view of our surroundings. So instead of paying attention to the real world we're focused on the screen. My head feels like a bobble head looking side-to-side, front and back, checking all the mirrors and the TV! This isn't just a dig at the Sequoia but look at that massive nose! So a word of caution to pedestrians - if you can't see the driver the driver may not see you.
There isn't a ton of space behind the third row, that shelf is only about 12" deep but I liked the fact that that you can hide little things under the lowest setting.
Just like the Lexus LX600 the truck underpinnings belie the luxury. This '23 Sequoia has a payload capacity of 1,410 lbs. and there was only my wife and me in it so the Sequoia was hardly loaded to the max. Maybe if we had five other adults and their luggage in the Sequoia it would have had a smoother ride. But it was just us, and the bumps, potholes, and train tracks were telegraphed through the suspension into the passenger compartment. There is only so much that insulation and comfy seats can do to mask the truck underneath.
The interior is a bit bland, mostly because of the almost monochromatic theme. I prefer it this way for a couple of reasons; it doesn't show dirt that much (except for dried grass like that on the floor), and won't go out of style.
The Platinum version has two separate seats in the middle row. Nice for adults or keeping two children apart but I'd prefer a bench seat that brings the total capacity up to eight (2, 3, and 3). Access to the rear seat is not terrible but you'd never catch me trying to climb back there.
* - It seems strange to use SR5 on a vehicle with an automatic transmission as it used to mean "Sport Rally 5-speed".