2013 Toyota Sequoia Gets Blu-Ray, Standard V8

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Toyota has updated its eight-passenger Sequoia SUV for the 2013 model year, adding the Japanese automaker’s first Blu-Ray rear seat entertainment system and a 5.7-liter V8 as standard on all models (SR5, Limited, Platinum).

With 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque now standard, Toyota has done away with its 4.6-liter V8 with 310-hp for the new model year. 90-percent of its torque is available at 2,200 rpm, crucial for those towing with the Sequoia – which can now tow up to 7,400 lbs depending on trim thanks to the standard 5.7-liter. In addition, the 2013 Sequoia will be the first full year of Toyota Entune availability on the full-size SUV.

The Sequoia is offered in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and in select areas the 4×4 models will be available with E85 Flex Fuel capability. The SR5 model is one of the best-equipped vehicles in its class according to the automaker, and features a standard towing package, eight-way power driver’s seat, fog lights, running boards, power tilt/slid moonroof, roof rack, rear spoiler, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio and climate controls.

On the upgraded Limited model, Toyota adds 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift knob, Optitron gauges, and a multi-information display for the interior. Additional technology in the Sequoia Limited include front and rear parking sonar, power rear liftgate with a sliding window, power folding and reclining 60:40 split third-row seat, while the exterior gets 20-inch wheels.

As for the top-of-the-line Platinum model, dynamic laser cruise control is standard along with the new rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system. A first for the automaker, the high definition display is outputted through a nine-inch LCD screen with a separate rear seat audio system, including dual wireless headsets. Other upgrades in the Platinum include 12-way adjustable power driver’s seat, simulated wood trim, 20-inch diamond cut wheels, rear load-leveling air suspension, power seat memory package, second-row heated seats, and a steering wheel with simulated wood trim.

GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Sequoia

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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