Fuel economy numbers are in for the 2023 Toyota Sequoia, which swaps its predecessor’s V-8 for a hybridized twin-turbo V-6 engine, and as you’d expect, they’re better. The two-wheel drive Toyota SUV gets 21 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined, with four-wheel drive (optional on every trim save for the off-road-focused TRD Pro, where it’s standard) knocking 2 mpg off those figures for 19/22/20 mpg city/highway/combined. These numbers fall in line with the dashboard indicated 20 mpg that engine trend saw during a 50-mile drive in a Platinum 4×4.
The previous-generation Sequoia’s big ‘ol 5.7-liter V-8 was rated at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined in rear-drive form (almost the same with four-wheel drive, though the combined number dropped to 14 mpg). We’re no mathematicians, but the new Sequoia’s fuel economy represents a darn significant jump over those numbers. Most of the credit goes to the efficiency of the new i-Force Max Hybrid powertrain, an electrified 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6 that makes 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque (including its 48-hp electric motor), all backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission (up four gears over the old Sequoia’s six-speed). With peak torque delivered at 2,400 rpm, the Sequoia feels peppy off the line, the hybrid portion helping eliminate any sense of turbo lag.
The 2023 Sequoia’s fuel economy numbers are very similar to the Toyota Tundra pickup with the same i-Force Max Hybrid engine, as Toyota hinted they would be. (The Sequoia’s TNGA-F platform is used across Toyota’s new-generated body-on-frame trucks and SUVs, including the Tundra, the new global Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX, and the next-generation Tacoma pickup.) Whereas the Tundra has a direct competitor in the Ford F-150 with the available 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 PowerBoost hybrid (rated at a combined 25 mpg for the two-wheel drive and combined 23 mpg for the four-wheel drive), there’s no Ford SUV with the PowerBoost hybrid option—or any other comparable hybrid full-size SUV, actually—making this powertrain in the Sequoia a class standout.
That isn’t to say you can’t find similar mpg numbers in other full-size SUVs—it’s that you won’t find them from any hybrids. The diesel-fed variants from GM’s rigs come closest to the hybrid Sequoia. The 2023 Chevy Tahoe with the 3.0-liter diesel engine option gets 24 combined mpg (two-wheel drive) and 22 mpg with four-wheel drive; GMC has comparable numbers for its diesel Yukon and Yukon XL. The Ford Expedition and Jeep Wagoneer stay in the high teens for combined economy, with the Nissan Armada falling in the mid teens.
As for the TRD Pro Sequoia? We don’t have specific fuel economy on the off-roader, but if it’s anything like the similarly up-fitted, big-tire Tundra TRD Pro pickup, it might not get dinged as much as you think. On paper, the Tundra TRD pro only loses 1 mpg city, 2 mpg highway, and 1 mpg combined (19/22/20 for the 4×4 hybrid Tundra and 18/20/19 for the 4×4 TRD Pro). model.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia goes on-sale late summer 2022.