Toyota Tacoma Unveiled With Mild Styling Updates, More Equipment

Yolanda Curtis
February 11, 2019

After all, the towering redwood trees aren't exactly known for impermanence, with some sub-species carrying the weighty label of "living fossil". In addition to adding the Sequoia, the package gets some updates this year.

However, the spotlight is on the new Sequoia, which was already off-road ready to some extent with its robust body-on-frame construction, four-wheel independent suspension, generous ground clearance and 381-horsepower V8 engine. LED headlights come standard on the luxury-oriented Limited, while the lamps are optional on the TRD Sport trim. It offers buyers even more trail-bashing robustness right out of the box.

Exterior design cues include "high-rise" roof rails and large over-fenders, plus the more aggressive bumper and grille designs used by the so-called "Adventure" grade. The rear employs 2-inch-diameter Fox piggyback monotube shocks, which rock 47mm pistons (15mm larger than non-TRD) and stronger shock rods that are 3.2mm larger in diameter.

The first part of the Sequoia TRD Pro and each TRD Professional automobile for that matter is a set of Fox off-street internal bypass shocks up the entrance, which provides proper on-street habits whereas firming up when the going will get rocky.

The new Sequoia TRD Pro offers plenty of storage inside and out for 2020 with room for seven passengers. The signature 18-inch BBS TRD wheels are standard with 275-width all-terrain tires. Running boards in cast aluminum and a roof rack are also on the table.

Seat version of TRD Off-Road is upholstered in a material SorTex, which is the statement of Toyota's lighter and more durable than genuine leather.

There's nothing new under the hood, with the same 5.7-liter naturally-aspirated V-8 found in the rest of the lineup. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. If you want to bring your toys to inhospitable places, the Sequoia will happily tow 7,100 pounds.

Toyota added the Sequoia to its portfolio of TRD Pro branded off-roaders for 2020. Upgraded infotainment now includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity.

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