Spied: 2023 Toyota Sequoia Prototype Caught Towing a Large Trailer

How heavy will it be rated to tow?

2023 toyota sequoia towing trailer prototype spied
images: Ryan J.

Take a look at these images of the next 2023 Toyota Sequoia prototype towing a large trailer near Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks to Ryan J. for letting us use these images here.

All of the unofficial information we have so far suggests that the next Sequoia will be based on the new TNGA-F chassis and platform. This is the same platform that underpins the new 2022 Toyota Tundra that is just about to go on sale at the end of this year.

While the platform and chassis are new, the next-gen Sequoia is likely to retain independent rear suspension and not the multi-link coil-spring solid rear axle that is used in the new Tundra.

In these images, we see the new Sequoia squatting a bit under the load of the trailer. The test vehicle is using a weight-distribution hitch attachment. This suggests that the SUV is towing well in excess of 5,000 lbs. The current 2022 Sequoia up to 7,400 lbs. However, this is no longer competitive for the segment. The segment-leading Chevy Tahoe is rated to tow upwards of 8,400 lbs. The latest Ford Expedition is rated to tow 9,300 lbs. The all-new Grand Wagoneer can pull up to 10,000 lbs, according to the manufacturer.

The all-new Sequoia will likely use the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that is also in the 2022 Tundra. The power rating should be very close to 389 horsepower. The 10-speed automatic transmission should be there as well.

I am guessing the new Sequoia will be rated to tow somewhere in the neighborhood between 9,000 – 10,000 lbs. This would make it much more competitive in the segment of full-size three-row truck-based SUVs.

Here is another member of the new SUV family – the 2022 Lexus LX 600.