In case you missed it, Toyota finally redesigned the Toyota Sequoia for 2023, and it is beyond overdue! It has a beefed up front grill, a hybrid option, and a sportier feel. From the front looking head-on, I would go so far as to say you get a Tundra feel. So it’s definitely a heavy duty SUV.
If you feel lost comparing the Sequoia to other 3-row SUVs, I’ve got you covered. I am a huge fan of the Sequoia’s new look, and, of course, am here to give you all the comparable SUVs similar to it.
I’ve compiled a list of 12 cars that are similar to the Sequoia. I included some that are both more and less affordable, just to make sure we cover the full range of similar SUVs currently on the market. I hope this list will help you in your decision.
Before I give you the full list of cars similar to the Toyota Sequoia, I want to quickly highlight my top three favorites: the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Lincoln Aviator Hybrid, and the Hyundai Palisade.
The Highlander is going to have a lot of the same feel and features as the Sequoia because they’re both from the same brand. The Highlander is a bit smaller size-wise, but it drives similarly to the Sequoia. I love the Highlander’s console, dash display, and trunk space.
The Lincoln Aviator is a more luxurious hybrid option, giving you extra features and tech without the price tag of the Lincoln Navigator. The Hyundai Palisade is one of the most popular SUVs currently available, and for good reason!
It’s beautifully designed with a honeycomb grill and slick head/tail lights, and has an excellent tech package that’s totally worth the extra money. It doesn’t have a hybrid option, but its interior upgrades will make you feel like you’re, well, not in a Hyundai.
Keep reading for more information on my favorites, as well as the full list of other cars similar to the Toyota Sequoia.
Electric vehicles similar to the Toyota Sequoia
1. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
As I mentioned above, the Highlander is similar to the Sequoia because they’re both SUVs from Toyota. The Highlander is going to be a bit smaller (especially in that third row!), so if you’re planning on using all the seats on a regular basis, but you’re set on Toyota, stick with the Sequoia.
As a midsize hybrid SUV, the Highlander gets to 60 MPH in 6.4 seconds, thanks to its 295 hp. It gets 36 mpg hwy and 35 mpg city. Starting at $39,555, it has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
2. 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV
This is another hybrid option that’s a tad smaller than the Sequoia, but it seats as many passengers as the Highlander. The Sorento PHEV has a sportier design than the Sequoia, with sharp edges and a zippier feel behind the wheel.
With 261 hp, the Sorento PHEV ramps up to 60 MPH in 7.4 seconds. Starting at $45,190 MSRP, it has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs, which is lower than some other SUVs on the market.
It gets 37 mpg combined. It’s pricier and less powerful than the Highlander, so if you’re looking at electric/hybrid SUVs compared to the Sequoia, you may get more bang for your buck with the Highlander.
3. Volvo XC90 Hybrid
Moving to more luxurious hybrids, we have the Volvo XC90, the Lincoln Aviator, and the tried and true Tesla Y. For the Volvo XC90 hybrid, you’re looking at a combined mpg of 55. It seats up to 7 passengers, so it’s a bit smaller than the Sequoia (seating up to 8). On the MPGe, now we’re talking!
Its exterior design isn’t my favorite, personally. I think it could use some “oomph”, but other people would probably describe it as understated, which is the essence of luxury.
It gets to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a starting MSRP of about $63,450. It has up to 455 hp and tows a whopping 5,000 pounds.
4. Lincoln Aviator Plug-in Hybrid
For me, design-wise, the Lincoln Aviator is a 10/10. It’s a grill, door panel detailing, chrome trim options, and upscale interior all ooze with luxury and sophistication. It is smaller on the interior (low ceiling/headroom), so for my tall friends, you may not be a fan.
It has a starting MSRP of $69,875, so it’s right above the XC90 price-wise. With 23 mpg combined, it’s not as nearly as impressive as the mpg of other hybrid SUVs. It can tow up to 5,600 lbs and has 494 hp. It goes from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds.
5. Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is the SUV option offered by Tesla. Like the Sequoia, the Tesla Y has three rows and seats 7 passengers.
It starts at $62,990+ MSRP, so it is pricier than some of the SUVs I’ve listed here. It zips from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds, which is much faster than the average SUV!
The Model Y has a charge range of 330 miles and its horsepower is 450. Its entertainment functions are hard to beat, with embedded apps including Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. It has an impressive towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
Non-electric vehicles similar to the Toyota Sequoia
6. Lexus LX
Starting at $86,900, the 2022 Lexus LX is the luxury version of the Sequoia. This is not surprising, considering Lexus is the luxury arm of Toyota.
So if you’re wanting a fancier Sequoia, look no further. Its front grill is beefed up like the Sequoia, but it has a striped grill option (I personally prefer the honeycomb).
The ultra-luxury backseat steps up the luxury SUV game in a way I’ve never seen before. It reminds me of the backseat of a Porsche. It gets 17 city / 22 highway MPG, and goes from 0 to 60 in 6.9 sec. It tows up to an incredible 8,000 pounds and has 409 hp.
7. Chevy Tahoe
The Chevy Tahoe has the same seating capacity as the Sequoia, and is similar in overall mass and function. The Sequoia’s newly updated 2023 model blows the Tahoe out of the water, at least as far as the interior console is concerned.
The Tahoe has a 10.2-inch digital panel while the Sequoia has a 14-inch one. Some drivers prefer the simplicity of the Tahoe’s display, and it is overall a bit more tech-friendly in the interior.
The Tahoe’s third row is roomy-enough for adults, similar to the Sequoia. Even at just 5’4”, I wouldn’t want to be back there for a long road trip, but it wouldn’t be miserable for a short drive through town.
With a starting MSRP of $52,000, the Tahoe is slightly less expensive than the Sequoia. It gets 21 city / 28 hwy MPG and has up to 420 hp, allowing it to tow up to 7,900 pounds.
8. Volkswagen Atlas
The VW Atlas is a newly popular family car, more so than the Sequoia (in my opinion). It fits up to 7 passengers, but it’s not quite as long as the Sequoia, so you’re going to be a bit more squished in.
However, someone in my extended family recently bought a VW Atlas and she can personally attest to the spacious legroom in the third row.
I love the broad and sporty look of the Atlas, the sharp angles on the trunk, and the headlight design. It’s a very snazzy SUV.
Starting at $34,335 MSRP, it has four trims available, with the highest one starting at $52,700. It tows up to 5,000 lbs and has 276 hp. It is fairly fuel efficient, achieving 21 mpg in the city and 25 mph on the highway. It hits 60 MPH in just 7.8 seconds.
9. Hyundai Palisade
Oh, the beloved Palisade. I just love this SUV. Its design and tech/safety features, for the price, make it such an attractive option.
I especially love the honeycomb grill, the cat-eye-like headlights, and the deep cubby space in the center console. I know it seems silly, but it’s huge for a busy mom like me!
Another 3-row SUV alternative to the Sequoia, the Palisade starts at just $33,600, and the highest Calligraphy trim starts at $47,290.
The third row is easily accessible, and has decent knee clearance for even an adult. It technically seats 8 passengers, but that middle seat in the third row is very narrow.
It tows up to 5,000 pounds, has 291 hp and gets up to 26 MPG Hwy.
10. Cadillac Escalade
If you’re looking for a bigger luxury alternative to the Sequoia, the Cadillac Escalade is a solid option. It has a starting MSRP of $76,295, making it much pricier than the Sequoia. It also has a boxier design, and borders the suburban-level family of cars.
It tows up to 7,700 lbs, but personally, I’d be nervous towing something behind such a beautiful vehicle. But that’s just me! With 420 hp, it gets to 60 seconds in 6.1 seconds.
It does come in a hybrid version, which is impressive for the luxury SUV segment of the market. The standard gas model gets 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
11. Kia Telluride
To me, the Telluride is the Hyundai Palisade’s cousin. Similar to how the Sequoia and Lexus LX are related, Hyundai owns Kia, so this makes sense. The 2023 Telluride has the fun new Kia logo, and its design is sportier than previous Telluride models.
Its front end is cleaner (no longer says “Telluride” on the front grill) and has an almost 4Runner/Rivian vibe to it. The new Telluride is definitely more rugged than the Sequoia.
The Telluride has less trunk space than the Sequoia, but they are both capable of seating eight passengers. It starts at $34,000 MSRP and gets up to 20 city/26 hwy MPG. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds and has 291 hp.
Related: 20 Cars Similar to the Kia Telluride
12. Jeep Wagoneer
I love the Jeep Wagoneer’s design, both inside and out. It seats 8 passengers, like the Sequoia and has a similar starting MSRP of $58,995.
Its 3 row design is excellent for brand loyalists who have outgrown their Cherokee and want more room from the same brand. It’s also $30,000 less than the Grand Wagoneer, which takes the 3-row passenger vehicle to a whole other level.
The Wagoneer has that beefier, rugged feel to it like the Sequoia, but I would say the Wagoneer is the most rugged, even beating out the Kia Telluride. Its V8 engine tows an enormous 8,790 pounds and gets 16 city / 22 hwy MPG. It goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.2 to 7.4 seconds.
Is the Sequoia reliable?
Toyota has a fantastic reputation for building cars that last. JD Power gives it a predicted reliability score of 81 out of 100, which is considered great, but not the best.
JD Power’s scoring is based on hundreds of thousands of independent reviewers and car owners, so you can trust it’s not a biased rating. Buying a new car will increase your odds of it being even more reliable, and you’ll guarantee yourself the manufacturer’s warranty.
You may even be able to negotiate a 24-hour test drive with your local dealership, depending on inventory availability and test drive terms.
Is the 2023 Sequoia based on the Tundra?
As I said in my review above, the front of the 2023 Sequoia is very similar to the Tundra. While one is an SUV, and one is a truck, they have the same I-Force Max powertrain and other styling elements, but the Tundra is almost half the price (starting at $36,000 MSRP).
The Tundra can also pull 12,000 pounds, while the Sequoia pulls just over 9,000. So, if power and price are important to you, and you don’t need the extra passenger seating of the SUV, then I would recommend the Tundra.
Should I get a minivan or should I get an SUV?
Ah, the golden question, and the never-ending debate. Which is better for families, a minivan or an SUV? People tend to have incredibly strong opinions on this topic. I think it just depends on the needs of your family.
If you’re dealing with car seats for your babies and little ones, a minivan is going to beat the SUV on convenience every time. Minivans have automatic sliding doors, and are low to the ground, making it easy for little legs to load themselves into the car.
However, if you’re set on luxury or towing capacity, you’re probably going to find more of that in an SUV, especially if your family goes trailer camping or boating often.
Some families will get a minivan when their family is starting out, and then transition to an SUV once the kids have grown and there’s no longer a need for car seats and stroller storage.
Some families choose to buy an SUV from the start, as they refuse to be “minivan people.” But consider yourself warned, once you’ve experienced the smooth convenience of a minivan, you may never go back!