Video: Toyota Says the Brand-New Toyota 2023 Sequoia TRD Pro Is Stellar Off-Road, But Is It Really?

We take the new Sequoia to the wilds of Moab, Utah

(Images: TFL Studios)

Is the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro as off-road capable as you’d expect?

The 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro certainly ticks many of the right boxes when it comes to off-road potential. Equipped with a electronically actuated rear locker, TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shocks and Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires – it’s a good start. It also has a pretty beefy front skid plate, and macho-looking 18-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels.

The overall look of the package is pretty impressive to me. Simply put, it looks badass.

More good news: it comes standard with a 437 horsepower, 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, making 583 lb-ft of torque.

Here’s where things play against the Sequoia’s strengths: It has a 3.31:1 rear end, which is no-bueno for off-road grunt. It also has difficult to reconcile off-road measurements. No, I’m not talking about its girth, which is about the same as some competitors. I’m talking about what’s under-foot.

It has a 23-degree approach angle, which means that medium off-road courses like “Fins and Things” could bash its nose. Avoiding that course that we consider to be a mid-level ORV trail…well, it’s a bummer. The other bummers revolve around the Subaru-like 9.1-inches of ground clearance and its subpar 20-degrees of departure angle. Finally, despite some “experts” claiming it has amazing articulation – it doesn’t. It’s acceptable at best.

All of that simply means: if you try to go off-road in the nearly $80,000 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, your nose and tail may suffer. Hit a challenging crock-climb, body damage may be inevitable. Beaching this big boy is a distinct possibility too.

On the other hand, if you do light off-roading, and keep its limitations in mind – it’s pretty awesome. Like its brother, the Toyota Tundra, the powertrain is a beast. There’s a ton of space inside and it kind of feels like a giant 4Runner.

Check out this video and see what I mean:

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.