2013 Toyota Sequoia Drops Base V-8, Adds Blu-Ray Player
Hardware Changes Reflect Customer Preferences
The Toyota Sequoia, the brand's fullsize SUV answer to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition, goes into the 2013 model year with one less engine option - the 4.6-liter V-8 has been dropped, leaving the 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 as the sole engine offered -- and the addition of what Toyota says is an industry-first factory option of a rear-seat Blu-Ray DVD player. Toyota truck and SUV product communications specialist Sam Butto confirmed our hunch of a low take-rate for the 4.6 by telling us that the smaller V-8 represented less than five percent of Sequoia sales.
The Entune multimedia interface introduced mid-year in 2012 remains an option on the SR5 and Limited models, with the Platinum trim offering it standard. The aforementioned Blu-Ray player is an option on the Limited model as part of the Rear Seat Entertainment package, which also includes rear audio controls, a 115-volt AC outlet, DVD navigation system, backup camera, and a four-disc CD changer. The Blu-Ray player is standard on the Platinum trim.
The Platinum also includes adjustable shock settings and an air suspension with load-leveling, and unique 20-inch wheels on 275/55 R20 tires. The SR5 trim has standard 18-inch wheels and tires, with 20-inchers offered as part of the Sport Appearance Package, which includes a color-keyed grille and black seat fabric. Leather is available on the SR5 as part of the Premium Package.