Written by Marco Carvajal
2022 Toyota Sequoia TRD PRO
Toyota’s full-size Sequoia is a massive SUV truck that can take you anywhere. It is strong like a Sequoia huge three, but it is also luxurious and very comfortable.
I am test driving the 2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro model. It is strong as a Rock but fast as a cheetah.
When you ride inside a Sequoia it feels strong and safe like a war tank but it feels premium and luxurious on the inside.
The powerful Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport 4×4 SUV can drive 7 passengers on any terrain.
The Sequoia offers the complete package. it is a high-performance yet refined SUV that combines comfort, durability, and reliability.
This large SUV is ideal for family trips that can accommodate up to eight people going into any type of adventure and difficult off-road. If you want to drive with premium style in the city or you want to go on difficult roads, it is not a problem for the Sequoia, it can drive you anywhere.
There are no major changes for the 2022 model, now the Sequoia offers a new exterior color, Wind Chill Pearl, to replace Blizzard Pearl and Super White. The recently added special-edition Nightshade was added to the Sequoia lineup in 2021, and it continues for 2022 with the flagship SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Pro, Limited, and Platinum models.
The Toyota Sequoia has a body-on-frame design, a 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine with 381 horsepower to supercharge Sequoia models at a versatile Multi-Mode 4WD system optional, instead of the standard two-wheel-drive version.
7 Passengers capacity in Three-Rows
This SUV has a nice large capacity for 7 passengers in 3 rows. The driver and one passenger in the front, two passengers in the middle row with enough space between the two middle seats to go back to the third row,
Then the third row has a large space for three passengers, with better capacity than other 3-row SUVs.
The second and third rows can be folded down to be converted into a full-size cargo SUV. Most competitor SUVs have limited space in the third row, In general, the third row just has enough space for small passengers, but with the large Sequoia, the third tow is large enough for any size passenger to seat very comfortably in the back of the car. There is plenty of space everywhere, you are riding a full size SUV.
The Toyota Sequoia is not a regular large SUV, it is a full-size, full-capability SUV. It is mainly built for family road and trail adventures.
The Toyota Sequoia is named after the giant Sequoia redwood trees. Sequoia trees are some of the tallest in the world, and this gave inspiration to Toyota’s automotive engineers and architects when creating this massive luxury SUV.
The Toyota Sequoia is the first popular mainstream full-sized SUV in North America that is built by a Japanese automaker.
The Sequoia is one of the toughest SUVs you can drive.
Trims and Pricing for the 2022 Toyota Sequoia
The Sequoia is not a cheap SUV, but don’t forget this is a massive luxury SUV truck.
Tons of features, technology and materials are involved in producing this powerful car that can feel sometimes as having the power of a war tank inside your SUV.
Pricing for 2022 starts at $50K and goes up to $64K with the top of the line version.
$50,500 Starting MSRP
- TRD SPORT
$53,215 Starting MSRP
- NIGHTSHADE SPECIAL EDITION
$60,605 Starting MSRP
$66,550 Starting MSRP
- TRD PRO
$64,625 Starting MSRP
Test Driving the Sequoia TRD Pro
The TRD Pro badge stands for ultimate off-road capability. Ready to handle harsh environments, the Sequoia TRD Pro still retains the comfort of daily driving thanks to its internally bypassed Fox shock absorbers.
Sequoia TRD Off-Road Performance
The Sequoia I am test driving is a TRD Pro, this is one of the best Sequoia models when talking about off-road performance. The three letters TRD stand for Toyota Racing Development.
Toyota’s TRD Pro line was originally developed for racing, but since vehicles intended for racing share many characteristics with those built for off-roading, it naturally evolved into what is now a type of vehicle that’s perfect for tackling different terrain because of its special suspension. The highest TRD trim, PRO is the best for off-road terrains.
There are three common grades in Toyota’s TRD line: Sport, Off-Road, and Pro (the Sequoia TRD PRO I am test driving).
The TRD PRO is exclusively available in a seven-seat configuration, this rugged model comes standard with multi-mode all-wheel drive and proven off-road equipment specially designed and selected by Toyota Racing Development engineers to achieve the best performance on any road and climate.
When you compare the external bypass shocks used in off-road racing cars, to the internal bypass Fox shocks used in the Sequoia TRD Pro, it integrates bypass zones within the shock body, allowing the shock fluid to bypass the piston through adjustable ports as the Sequoia TRD Pro moves.
The result is a very soft ride in normal driving, Fox shock damping is progressively stiffer through the shock piston stroke to resist bottoming out on rough trail surfaces.
Nor only available in the TRD Pro-exclusive Lunar Rock, also enjoy a choice of body colors like Midnight Black Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic and new for 2022 Wind Chill Pearl.
The distinctive TRD styling makes this Sequoia an attractive SUV on the road or trail. The TRD Pro grille, with the “TOYOTA” brand in big bold letters, is complemented by LED fog lamps from Rigid Industries.
2022 Toyota Sequoia TRD PRO Highlights
Rigid Industries LED fog lights
“TOYOTA” grille with color-keyed grille surround
Color-keyed auto-dimming heated power outside mirrors with power folding feature and turn signal indicators
18-in. black BBS forged-aluminum TRD Pro alloy wheels
TRD black roof rack
Black cast aluminum running boards
TRD Pro front and rear TRD FOX shocks with piggyback reservoirs
Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P)
LED low- and high-beam headlights with auto-on/off feature
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay compatible
Smart Key System with Push Button Start
Integrated LED fog lights
Automatic three-zone front and rear climate control
7-in. touchscreen display
5.7L V8 Engine
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
5.7-Liter V8: 381 hp; 401 lb.-ft.
Included on every Sequoia are several safety features like Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Smart Stop Technology (SST) brake override, On 4WD models, TRAC is replaced by A-TRAC (Active-Traction Control). All Sequoia models have a direct tire pressure monitoring system among several standard features you will love.