As the above picture will certainly testify, Autoblog’s Advanced Institute for Travel luggage Screening has actually relocated, dear visitors. No more will certainly I require to fret about capturing in the rainfall or stressing over my icy fingers being wrecked by bags throughout the winter season in Rose city. Rather, I’ll require to fret about blazing warm at 8: 30 in the early morning or capturing on fire, as we have actually moved to Southern The golden state. This isn’t the irreversible area (the brand-new residence, I indicate Institute, is being restored), yet do not stress, I ensured that the reliable collection of bags stuck with me. Top priorities, eh?
Anyhow, allow’s speak about the 2023 Toyota Sequoia, since it certain is an intriguing examination instance. Brand new for the very first time given that George W. Shrub was head of state, the Sequoia’s freight scenario is genuinely special, and also not always in a great way. The specifications state there is in between 11.5 and also 22.3 cubic-feet of area behind the elevated 3rd row. What’s up with the array as opposed to a solitary number? The Sequoia distinctly has a moving third-row seat, which is an extensive attribute theoretically. Problem is, you need to glide all of it the means onward to accomplish that optimum 22.3 number. You need to do no such point in the Sequoia’s American opponents to accomplish similar on-paper freight quantities: Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon (255), Ford Exploration (193) and also Jeep Wagoneer (274). The Sequoia’s minimal number, 11.5 cubic-feet, would in theory be even worse than a Kia Sorento, which would certainly be useless.
Sadly, the Advanced Institute for Travel luggage Checking exists for a factor: Numbers do not truly inform the entire tale. And also hardly ever has actually that been even more real than with the 2023 Toyota Sequoia.
When the 3rd row is moved all the means back,
This is what you’re functioning with. You’ll require to do this to accomplish respectable, adult-OK legroom in the third-row. Every one of the above American opponents still have extra space, however, consisting of much more clearance.
Above is the variety of movement for the gliding third-row seat. The second-row captain’s chairs do not glide, suggesting you can not relocate them up to respond to the shed third-row legroom.
I established the 3rd row to a range where a small-to-average-sized individual might conveniently rest there. You can see the distinction over in between that range in addition to the optimum rearward placement. I evaluated with both seats at this center range in addition to with the seats completely rearward.
Currently, much more housekeeping, since once again, this point is unusual. There is a detachable flooring that can be put at 4 degrees: base, reduced, top and also center.
There are additionally 3 movable plastic divider panels that port right into the, , cellar, to safeguard grocery stores and also such. It’s a good attribute, really.
To take full advantage of area, I obtained rid of them. I additionally expelled the flooring to maximize a couple of valuable centimeters of area I recognized I would certainly require. Every one of the complying with travel luggage screening was done without this flooring in position near the bottom. The bags remained on the plastic cellar.
As in every travel luggage examination I do, I make use of 2 midsize roller travel suitcases that would certainly require to be signed in at the flight terminal (26 inches long, 16 broad, 11 deep), 2 roll-aboard travel suitcases that simply hardly suit the expenses (24 L x 15 W x 10 D), and also one smaller sized roll-aboard that fits quickly (23 L x 15 W x 10 D). I additionally include my partner’s elegant carry-on simply to spruce points up a little bit (21 L x 12 W x 12 D).
This is with the 3rd row at its rearmost and also the reclining seatback at an upright-yet-still-comfortable angle.
Can not state I have actually thought of this Tetris development prior to. This would certainly be the 3 most significant bags, which is a helluva whole lot much better than a Kia Sorento and also a great deal of various other three-row crossovers. The Sequoia’s high, blocky form is the factor right here, as it neutralizes the freight location’s very little size by enabling the bags to stand.
! We are not contrasting a Toyota Sequoia to a Kia Sorento.
Chevy Tahoe: All bags yet the tiniest elegant bag.
Ford Exploration: All bags yet the biggest check-in bag.
Jeep Wagoneer: All the bags
Currently, right here is the Sequoia with the 3rd row ran up as formerly gone over. This would certainly be the 4 most significant bags with the tiny roller and also elegant bag left. This approaches a couple of larger crossovers, yet once again, it trusts the Sequoia’s high elevation to offset the absence of size … and also consequently this unusual side piling plan.
In spite of just how high this plan is, there’s no problem seeing out the back. Naturally, this Expanse Capstone had the rearview electronic camera mirror, which is terrific attribute for this extremely factor.
Currently, back to the bags. You might absolutely glide the 3rd row right onward, yet after that I’m unsure that might suit it for long. Or, maybe, slide one side onward, slide one back, placed one up, placed one down … I do not understand, there are most definitely opportunities. The third-row’s adaptability is not concerned. It’s simply an embarassment that it’s successfully a workaround for an uncompetitive quantity of basic area.
This is not the end of the tale. Component of the issue while loading is the irreversible “phase” that the third-row rests upon. When it’s moved onward to any kind of level given that it produces an unusual double-tiered area, it restrains packing bags behind the 3rd row. Real, I might place the flooring back within at the exact same degree as the phase, yet after that I would certainly be minimizing total elevation, which would certainly consequently decrease the quantity of bags feasible.
The 3rd row does not fold level right into the flooring as in the Exploration, Wagoneer and also, given that its complete redesign, the Tahoe/Yukon. The Sequoia’s simply rests atop that phase.
And also note: The third-row seats are not detachable, since Toyota claims it intended to preserve defense of what’s listed below: the crossbreed battery pack.
Over left, you can see what that appears like with bags.
Over right is with the flooring in position to link the void in between the folded up seatbacks and also liftgate, thus developing an adjoining flooring with some storage space below.
That area below suffices to fit a squished elegant bag. The tiniest roller would certainly not fit.
Going On. Like the Exploration and also Tahoe, the Sequoia has a pop-up home window in its liftgate. This is most definitely not a poor point, yet sadly, it implies the Sequoia has actually shed the 4Runner-style power roll-down home window it had for its very first 2 generations (visualized listed below). You might drive about with it rolled down, which is terrific. This? Not advised.
Due to the fact that it most definitely was not a crossbreed,
It must additionally be kept in mind that the last-generation Sequoia did not have the third-row phase. It sure appears like there was extra size behind the 3rd row, as well.
So yeah, while Toyota absolutely mosted likely to terrific sizes to designer smart workarounds, they are however workarounds. The brand-new Sequoia has much less freight area than its precursor, and also much much less area than its opponents. Include its smaller sized traveler holiday accommodations and also you have a full-size SUV that in regards to indoor product packaging, simply isn’t affordable.