The last day of summer in the northern hemisphere was the first day of production for the 2023 Toyota Sequoia. The third-generation SUV rolls off the line at Toyota Texas, the automaker’s major manufacturing facility in San Antonio and new site exclusive to Sequoia production.
The sprawling plant employs more than 2,600 workers, though Toyota says 3,600 employees and 5,300 suppliers have prepared the plant for the debut of the 2023 Sequoia. $391 million has been invested in the site to accommodate production of Sequoia, which was transferred to Texas from Indiana for the current generation. Toyota Texas also assembles the Toyota Tundra, which has been a factory staple since 2006.
“The third-generation Sequoia marks a new era of electrified vehicles that will help us move closer to carbon neutrality while meeting and exceeding customer expectations for this iconic SUV,” said Kevin Voelkel, president of Toyota Texas. “Our team members are more than proud to add the Sequoia to our Texas-built production lineup and take on new challenges by delivering vehicles that customers love and that fit their lifestyles.”
It’s been a minute since the 2023 Sequoia debuted. The covers were lifted in January 2022, revealing an all-new vehicle running on a platform shared with the Tundra and Land Cruiser. However, with the exit of the Land Cruiser from the North American market, the Sequoia inherits the role of flagship SUV from the Toyota stable.
Assuming that role, the 2023 Sequoia swaps the outgoing model’s V8 with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain. It develops 437 horsepower (326 kilowatts) and 583 pound-feet (790 Newton-meters) of torque, a huge improvement over 2022. A 10-speed automatic handles the gear changes.
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The powertrain is available on all Sequoia trim levels. That includes the entry-level SR5 with two-wheel drive, though it’s pricey at $59,795. By comparison, that’s almost $10,000 more than the base 2022 SR5. A top-of-the-line Toyota Sequoia Capstone 4×4 will set you back $79,795.