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This is impressive…….

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https://pressroom.toyota.com/standing-tall-all-new-2023-sequoia-full-size-suv-is-ready-to-make-its-mark/

There are still a few things I don't care for, and they haven’t published the payload specs,  but if my LC 200 died, I would look very hard at a Sequoia TRD Pro. Remove the heavy third row seats and put drawers underneath the adjustable platform:

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Add the taller springs from a Tundra TRD Pro. Go have fun….. It should be a great match for the big Ollie.

John Davies

Spokane WA

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Oh my.  You just turned my head 720 degrees!  Have you seen any tech spec's out on it?  Glad they went back to the Tundra frame and power train  like the 2005 generator was.

BTW, after about 260,000 miles, 12 years of crawling up mountains heavily loaded with hang gliders and crew, and then both of my sons for another couples of years each, we sold the family 2005 Sequoia.  Driven hard, fast and long, but maintained it was hyper reliable, and my most favorite tow and heavy off road vehicle for hauling.  Drats... you got me thinking again!

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I was confused in a big way about the rear suspension in the Tundra and the Sequoia. For some reason I thought it was IRS, like the previous model Sequoia. It is NOT, it is a multi-link solid rear axle. 

Is the ALL NEW 2023 Toyota Sequoia A Worthy Land Cruiser Replacement?

It is the same setup as the Tundra, which looks like this.

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I am really glad about that, but I am not sure why I thought it was independent in back. 😳 Senior brain fart, I guess.

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Looks like a great vehicle as most Toyota products are, I don't see my wife giving up her new Lexus, but it is also a Toyota product. I personally never cared for a large SUV for towing, including Suburban, Tahoe,  Excursion, Sequoia, etc., but now the new Waggoner has also interred in the picture. All probably good choices for towing the Oliver, but the Crew Cab pickup will always be my choice, just much more versatile for me.

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Video test drive reviews videos have hit the Internet, big time, just pick one:

Google “2023 Toyota Sequoia review video”

Here is a test of the TRD Pro that includes some offroad stuff, fast forward to the 20:00 minute mark if you want the skip the intro.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Zomv68MFU

I think it would be great for towing the LE2, I have small reservations about third “fixed” row seats, I am sure there will be a way to get them out, make a flat platform for cargo, fool the electronic warnings, and maybe lose 100 pounds of dead weight. The last year model of the Land Cruiser 200 offered a special edition with no third row, no side steps and AT tires, maybe that is in the future for the Sequoia. I also don’t like the part time 4wd, but I know why they did it, better fuel economy. And the interior design would take some getting used to. And the placement of those twin turbos, so far down and buried under other parts. 😳😳😳😳😳

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Looks like they are just starting to appear, this is the first one I have seen listed in the whole country on a dealer website, in Portland OR for a 20% dealer markup😳

https://www.toyotaofportland.com/auto/new-2023-toyota-sequoia-hybrid-portland-or/68919002/

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1 hour ago, dewdev said:

This mark-up is terrible!

 

Yep, but pretty common with Toyotas these days. I got my 2021 Land Cruiser $9000 under sticker. Three months later, they were selling ( not asking) for $30,000 over sticker, until every last one in the US was gone.

 

Crazy time! Which is why used cars are going for more than they cost when new. 

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10 hours ago, Steve and Deb said:

Yep, but pretty common with Toyotas these days. I got my 2021 Land Cruiser $9000 under sticker. Three months later, they were selling ( not asking) for $30,000 over sticker, until every last one in the US was gone.

 

Crazy time! Which is why used cars are going for more than they cost when new. 

Looking at used Land Cruiser's right now and most of them that I'm interested in are selling over original sticker.

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Keep in mind that new Land Cruisers are no more in the USA, at least for several years. That isn’t really the same as a brand new model Sequoia and unethical dealer price gouging. If you wait a year for a nice low miles used LC200 it will probably be even more costly. The Sequoia will eventually be “affordable”. I use that term loosely.

https://www.motorbiscuit.com/why-toyota-land-cruiser-discontinued/

I bought mine used in 2018 with 90k miles for $42,000 (about half the MSRP). I do not plan to get rid of it unless it burns up, is totalled or is stolen. It no longer looks brand new, but it drives like one, with no squeaks or rattles, even with almost 160,000 miles.

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Good Luck with finding a new Sequoia and getting one for a reasonable price. With Toyota's production figures going to be way down and dealer shortages predicted for the next two years, it looks like this vehicle is going to be for those who just want one at any price.  I like many can afford what I want, but I look at vehicles in todays market purchasing one at a high cost vs. commonsense, something I always keep in the back of my mind. I do admit the new 2023 model does have a much better look over the older models which I thought were pretty ugly and had really no styling. I see no reason not to go for it if that's your vehicle that will work for you. 

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This is a little disheartening. The third row seats are slid forward and folded, you can see the odd raised ledge underneath where the hybrid battery is located. 

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https://www.autoblog.com/2022/09/12/toyota-sequoia-luggage-test/

Those seats are not removable because Toyota wants them there to “protect the battery”. I am sure the industrious aftermarket will soon have a stout, completely flat cargo platform to install there, in place of those bulky and heavy seats, that will have tie-down rails and will provide enough protection for the electrical stuff underneath. It sure would be nice if Toyota would offer these trucks without that nasty third row. They did that for the last year Land Cruiser 200 Heritage Edition.

I’m still hoping to see one of these in the flesh before too long.

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