2020 Sequoia TRD Pro 4×4 in Army Green

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia, comfortable in its aged skin, adds a TRD Pro version for enhanced family adventuring.

With the current version dating back to 2008, it is no spring chicken in the eyes of many.  But with its enduring robust body-on-frame construction, four-wheel independent suspension, generous ground clearance and 381-horsepower 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine, the Sequoia is still one of the most capable full-size SUVs on the market.

Now, as a TRD Pro, it takes that capability to new extremes with a chassis fortified by Fox aluminum- bodied internal bypass shocks, standard Multi-Mode 4WD, and proven off-road equipment specially designed or selected by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) engineers. 

We have long been a fan of Sequoia which is now mature like we are.  So the folks at Toyota sent us the new TRD Pro for evaluation in and around Central Texas to see what we thought.

The “Cliff Notes” version is we continue to be a fan.

 

2020 Toyota Sequoia 4×4 TRD Pro – As Tested

The  2020 Sequoia TRD Pro (based on the premium Limited) comes ready with all you expect in a premium full-size – off-road capable – SUV. There are no packages and just a few minimal exterior and interior accessory items offered.

The MSRP is $64,030. With a couple small extras and delivery, our Sequoia TRD Pro ‘rumbled’ into our drive for $65,624. Our test Sequoia came in their unique Army Green with Black interior.  We found this color eye catching on a vehicle this size, receiving many favorable comments both around town and on the highway.

OF NOTE: If you want one in Army Green, get in now.  Regrettably, Toyota has announced it will not be offered for 2021. Their new Lunar Rock color will grace the exterior of Sequoia instead.  In our opinion, a good choice. Check our piece on the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road for pictures.

Let’s take a look at some of the overall features of Sequoia plus those that make this Sequoia a TRD Pro.

Power and Drive Train

The Sequoia TRD Pro is ably powered by the 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8, which is standard across all Sequoia grade levels.  Producing 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm, it is paired with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission featuring Sequential Shift Mode w/Uphill-Downhill Shift Logic and Tow/Haul Mode.

This hefty V8 uses only regular-grade gasoline, which is good thing as fuel efficiency is not its strong suit. But where it is short there, a Sequoia makes it up in comfort, convenience and capability.  Rated at 13/17/14 mpg city/highway/combined, its 26.4-gallon fuel tank will take you nearly 450 miles down the road before needing to tank up.

Notably, the low-end torque is a strong suit.   Producing 90 percent of its peak torque at a low 2,200 rpm – good for towing and outback trekking – the Sequoia can tow up to 7,100 lbs. Sequoia features an integrated tow hitch, driver-selectable Tow/Haul transmission mode and Trailer Sway Control.

The Multi-Mode 4WD system on TRD Pro uses a lockable TORSEN limited-slip center differential to apportion torque to the front and rear wheels, and a two-speed transfer case provides a low range ratio for tackling steep off-road trails. Low range is accessible on the fly via a rotary knob, and the driver can lock the center differential with the push of a button.

Lots of Room

Sequoia offers ample comfort and room for hauling up to seven plus all their gear for all manner of adventuring.

The 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro is available only as a 7-seat model, featuring middle-row captain’s chairs and a three-across third-row seat with 60/40 split backs that also recline.

The independent rear suspension plays a large part in allowing for the third row’s roominess, which offers adult-size legroom (35.1 in.). Second-row legroom is full-size sedan-like at 40.9 inches. With easy access second row and recline feature in the third row, Sequoia TRD Pro is a great people hauler.

Hauling gear, Sequoia also has the room. With both third-row seat backs folded flat, there’s 66.6 cu. ft. of carrying space, enough to haul camping gear for four. With the second-row seatbacks also folded, the space increases to a cavernous 120.1 cu. ft., enough for a very long camping trip for two.

And don’t forget the roof rack.

OF NOTE:  Sequoia has Power Rear Window in the liftback that very handy for loading and unloading without having to open the liftback.

 

TRD Pro Exterior

In the Army Green, we could never lose our 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro in the parking lot of any big box store – or anywhere for that matter.

TRD Pro elements include the “TOYOTA” Black grille, LED headlights, Led Daytime Driving Lights and Rigid Industries LED fog lights. The big and bold 18 x 8-in. black BBS forged aluminum wheels wear P275/65 R18 tires.

A very bold white TRD front skid plate helps protect the front suspension and oil pan during trail driving, while Black cast aluminum running boards and Black TRD roof rack enhance the attitude with function and convenience.

TRD Trail Tuned Suspension

TRD Pro is of course much more than a tough look. TRD engineers went through the Sequoia chassis and made it even more capable for the outdoors.

A key to the vehicle’s new level of trail capability are the Fox TRD-tuned shocks.  The TRD Pro tuned front and rear coil-spring independent double wishbone suspension features Fox internal bypass shocks.

The 2.5-inch Fox front shocks on Sequoia TRD Pro include 7 compression zones and 2 rebound zone. The front shocks also provide an increase in rebound travel of 18mm.  

At the rear, are 2-inch-diameter Fox piggyback monotube shocks that feature bottom-out-control technology, which is designed to increase damping force for improved bottoming resistance.  

TRD Rumble

Our Sequoia TRD Pro was equipped with a TRD cat-back exhaust, featuring a single outlet with a black chrome tip and TRD debossed logo. The system produces a bolder exhaust note that TRD engineers designed with a frequency-tuned sound cancellation device to improve in-cabin sound quality.

Translation:  Sequoia ‘rumbles’ appropriately accelerating and decelerating. 

TRD Pro Interior 

The TRD Pro Sequoia – building off of the Limited grade level – includes a full run of the expected convenience/comfort features and amenities of a premium full-size three-row SUV.   Features include Three-zone Automatic Climate Control w/rear control, Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof w/Sunshade, Optitron gauges, 16 cup and bottle holders plus a lot more.

As a TRD Pro, it features Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats with red contrast stitching and “TRD Pro” stitched into the front headrests.   Similarly, trimmed Captain’s Chairs make the second row with.  Third row is a power reclining fold-flat 60/40 bench. Also included are TRD Pro all-weather floor mats.

 Multimedia and Connectivity

The Sequoia TRD Pro comes standard with JBL Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and Clari-FI. It has 14 speakers, including subwoofer and amplifier.

Features include SiriusXM and HD Radio; Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility; Wi-Fi Connect, Bluetooth hands-free phone and music streaming, Toyota Connected Services and more. 

See Toyota Audio/Multi-Media for details.

OF NOTE: The touchscreen on Sequoia is just seven-inches. Don’t sell it short. The screen resolution and font styles make it seem much bigger.

2020 Sequoia Lineup

 In addition to the TRD Pro, the Sequoia lineup includes the SR5, TRD Sport, Limited and Platinum grades in two-wheel drive or Multi-Mode 4WD

Learn more about all of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV’s HERE.  

KEY DATA:   2020 Toyota Sequoia 4×4 TRD Pro 

  • Model:                                               Sequoia
  • Trim                                                   TRD Pro
  • Class:                                                 Full-Size SUV (3-row)
  • Seating:                                             Seven
  • MSRP:                                               $64,030
  • As Tested:                                         $65,624
  • Engine:                                              5.7L i-Force DOHC V8
  • Horsepower:                                     381hp @5,600 rpm
  • Torque:                                             401 lb.-ft. @3,600 rpm
  • Transmission:                                   6-Speed Electronic Automatic w/Uphill/Downhill Shift Logic
  • Drive System:                                     Multi-Mode 4WD w/Lockable Limited Slip Torsen center differential
  • Ground Clearance:                           10-inches
  • Approach/Departure:                         27/21 degrees
  • Tows:                                                 7,100 pounds
  • Wheel size                                         18 x 8-inch Black BBS Forged Aluminum Alloy TRD Pro Design
  • Fuel Tank                                           26.45 gallons
  • Fuel Economy:                                  13/17/14 mpg city/highway/combined
  • Range                                                450 miles Highway