Drive Notes: 2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
Two Drive Notes for the price of one this week, due to travel last week.
Up today: The 2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro.
This is a Sequoia gussied up with TRD touches, along with roof rails that caused consternation upon entering my garage. Garish and eye catching and equipped with a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and an electric motor/generator to put out 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque.
Here are the pros, cons, and other notes:
- That available torque is noticeable. This is a heavy trucklet that feels lighter on its feet than it should, at least when it comes to acceleration. Passing punch is plentiful.
- I didn't go off road, but I suspect this Sequoia can do a bit of boulder-bashing. Just a bit, though.
- The third row is easy to access and my six-foot-one frame fit. Barely.
- Power up/down for the third-row is great.
- Toyota infotainment is good now.
- There's good center-console storage.
- The third row won't accommodate taller adults than myself.
- The engine is loud.
- So, too, is wind noise on the freeway.
- There's a Sport mode -- but why?
- Unless I missed something, when I folded the third row down, it left the cargo area with a two-level set up. This resulted in me parking after driving home from the airport, popping the hatch from the inside release, and hearing my suitcase thud onto the garage store. I finally no longer felt like I overpaid for a hard shell.
- Ride and handling are sacrificed, a little bit, for the off-road bits.
- There is, of course, body roll.
That's about it. See you next time.
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Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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