Toyota's 2013 Sequoia SUV has a new standard engine.
Toyota is giving its Sequoia full-size SUV a modest update for the 2013 model year. Changes for the new model year include a new standard engine as well as safety and entertainment system updates.
The biggest change for the 2013 model year is the elimination of the Sequoia's entry-level 310 horsepower 4.6L V8. For the new model year all Sequoia trim levels - SR5, Limited and Platinum - will come standard with Toyota's previously optional 381 horsepower 5.7L V8.
Although Sequoia 4x4 buyers probably won't mind the switch - the 5.7L's extra grunt only dings fuel economy by 1mpg on the highway - 4x2 buyers might not like the change as much. The 4.6L version of the two-wheel drive Sequoia was rated at 14/20mpg city/highway whereas the 5.7L 4x2 can only manage ratings of 13mpg in the city and 18mpg on the highway.
Back seat passengers should be pleased with the 2013 Sequoia, however, as Toyota has added a new Blu-Ray rear seat entertainment system to the SUV's option list. The Blu-Ray system is a first for Toyota and should begin to spread throughout the automaker's lineup.
The 2013 Sequoia also gains a new blind spot monitor.
Toyota has yet to announce pricing for the 2013 Sequoia, but we'd expect the new 5.7L V8 to add a few bucks to the SUV's 2012 starting price of $41,925.