Toyota Sequoia Towing Capacity (2001-2019)

The Toyota Sequoia is one of Toyota's larger SUVs and it has a pretty impressive towing capacity as well. I was doing some research online and found that some of the stated towing capacities were either incorrect or there was such a large range that it made it hard to determine the proper tow rating for a specific Sequoia.

I broke down all of the Sequoia's towing capacity specs based on the year, engine configuration and other metrics and tried to make it as easy as possible to read, sort through and understand. Here goes...

Overview of the Data For the Toyota Sequoia:

Engine Choices: There were three main engines used over the lifetime of the Toyota Sequoia and these were the 5.7L engine, the 4.7L engine and the 4.6L engine.

The 5.7L engine had some of the highest towing capacities but the 4.6L and 4.7L models also had respectable figures, in some cases only a couple of hundred pounds less of overall capacity than the 5.7L engine.

Configurations: The Toyota Sequoia's had two main configurations and these were a choice between 2WD and 4WD models. In general, the 2WD models had a higher towing capacity than the 4WD models.


There was not really a huge difference in towing capacity between the 2WD and 4WD models, usually in the ballpark of around 200-300 lbs. for the most part for most years.

Towing Capacity: The towing capacity for all of the models years for the Toyota Sequoia had a pretty significant range going from 6,400 lbs. all the way up to 10,000 lbs.


The metrics that impacted the towing capacity the most was the year that the vehicle was made, the engine equipped and whether or not you had (or can have) a tow package installed on your Sequoia.

2013-2020 Models:

The Toyota Sequoia's maximum towing capacity included the cargo weight as part of the overall capacity and is more of a GCWR but a good metric nonetheless.

From 2013-2020 the Sequoia's had the ability to tow 7,000-7,400 lbs. in total.

2007-2020 Sequoia Image

The model code number is the reference for the exact towing capacity but the range only changed by 100 lbs. or so, so not a huge difference that would significantly impact tow capacities.

There were two different engines offered for the Toyota Sequoia's made from 2013-2018 [5.7 L V8 (3UR-FE) and the 5.7 L V8 (3UR-FBE)] but their specs were nearly identical, the 5.7 L V8 (3UR-FBE) was only available for 4WD models though.

Engine

Configuration

Max. TRAILER & CARGO Weight

5.7 L V8 (3UR-FE)

2WD

7,200-7,400 lbs.

Cell

4WD

7,000-7,100 lbs.

5.7 L V8 (3UR-FBE)*

4WD

7,000-7,100 lbs.

* Engine specs were for model years 2013-2018.

2020 Chart:

2020 Sequoia Towing Chart

2019 Chart:

2019 Sequoia Towing Chart

2018 Chart:

2018 Sequoia Towing Chart

2013-2017 Charts:

2013-2017 Sequoia Towing Chart

2011 & 2012 Models:

For the 2011 and 2012 years, the Toyota Sequoia had two different engines equipped, the 5.7L and the 4.6L.

The towing capacity for the Sequoia's 4.6L ranged from 6,600 lbs. to 6,900 lbs. and ranged from 7,000 lbs. to 7,400 lbs. for the 5.7L engine.

2007-2020 Sequoia Image

That means that the maximum towing capacity for the Sequoia's made in 2011 and 2012 ranged from 6,600 lbs. to 7,400 lbs. which is a pretty significant difference, so you will want to look at the chart to determine your exact capacity.

The towing charts for the 2011 and 2012 model years for the Sequoia were identical, so only one tow chart is shown.

Engine

Configuration

Max. TRAILER & CARGO Weight

4.6 L V8

2WD

6,800-6,900 lbs.

Cell

4WD

6,600 lbs.

5.7 L V8

2WD

7,200-7,400 lbs.

Cell

4WD

7,000-7,100 lbs.

2011 & 2012 Charts:

2011 and 2012 Sequoia Towing Chart

2010 Models:

The 2010 Sequoia's had very different towing capacities compared to 2011 and 2012 but the same two engines were offered, the 4.6L and 5.7L V8's.

The overall towing capacity for the 2010 Sequoia's ranged between 6,400 lbs.-10,000 lbs., a massive difference indeed!

2007-2020 Sequoia Image

The 4.6L engine had a range between 6,400 lbs. and 7,300 lbs. and the 5.7L engine sparked weights from 7,800 lbs. to 10,000 lbs. It is important to note that some of these Sequoia's had a towing package installed to achieve some of these higher capacities and stats for models without the package installed.

Engine

Configuration

Max. TRAILER & CARGO Weight

4.6 L V8

2WD

6,700-7,300 lbs.

Cell

4WD

6,400-7,000 lbs.

5.7 L V8

2WD

8,100-10,000 lbs.

Cell

4WD

7,800-9,600 lbs.

2010 Sequoia Towing Chart

*2 Without Towing Package. *3 With Towing Package.

2008 & 2009 Models:

For 2008 and 2009, the Toyota Sequoia had two engine options, the 4.7L engine and the 5.7L engine.

The overall towing capacity for the Toyota Sequoia's made from 2008-2009 ranged from 5,600 lbs. to 10,000 lbs., a 4,400 lb difference!

2007-2020 Sequoia Image

The 4.7L engine had a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 lbs. to 7,800 lbs. but the 5.7L engine had a capacity of 7,800 lbs. to 10,000 lbs.

I would recommend referring to the towing chart if you are looking up your tow capacity for a 2008 or 2009 Sequoia because there was a huge range, even for a specific engine with a specified configuration. The chart below shows that the minimum difference is 1,600 lbs alone!

Engine

Configuration

Max. TRAILER & CARGO Weight

4.7 L V8

2WD

6,200-7,800 lbs.

Cell

4WD

5,600-7,500 lbs.

5.7 L V8

2WD

8,100-10,000 lbs.

Cell

4WD

7,800-9,600 lbs.

2009 Sequoia Towing Chart

*2 Without Towing Package. *3 With Towing Package.

2004-2007 Models:

For Toyota Sequoia's made from 2004-2007, there was no engine configurations specified and the towing capacity ratings were much more simple for these years too.

The towing capacity for Toyota Sequoias made from 2004-2007 ranged from 6,200 lbs. to 6,500 lbs. and was based on whether the model was a 2WD or 4WD model.

2000-2006 Sequoia Image

There was only one engine option for the 2004-2007 Sequoia's and it was the 4.7L model that was used in later years, along with a 5.7L engine.

Engine

Configuration

Max. TRAILER & CARGO Weight

4.7 L V8

2WD

6,500 lbs.

Cell

4WD

6,200 lbs.

2004-2007 Charts:

2004-2007 Sequoia Towing Chart

2001-2003 Models:

The 2001-2003 Toyota Sequoia's had two maximum towing capacity specs that were stated as 6,500 lbs. max for 2WD models and a 6,200 lb. maximum tow limit for 4WD models.

The specs for the 2001-2003 models were identical to the 2004-2007 models but I wanted to split it up since the area where they were specified looked different.

2000-2006 Sequoia Image

Engine

Configuration

Max. TRAILER & CARGO Weight

4.7 L V8

2WD

6,500 lbs.

Cell

4WD

6,200 lbs.

2001-2003 Charts:

2001-2003 Sequoia Towing Chart

It is important to note that some Toyota Sequoia models with specific trim options will have slightly different towing capacities, based on which trim/model you have.

The image below shows an example of this with a 2012 Sequoia and states the different towing capacities for the SR5, Limited and Platinum models.

Toyota Sequoia Towing Specs By Trim

Where Do I Find The Model Code Number (2008-Present Models)?

The model code number is the main identifying factor for 2008-present models and to get your specific towing capacity for the Toyota Sequoia, even though there is not a huge difference from the other main factors of maximum capacity (engine configuration, 2WD vs 4WD, etc.).

The model code number is located along the driver's side door jamb, by the door latch hook, as shown in the image below. The label that the model number will be printed on will be labeled the "Certification Label".

Sequoia Model Code Number Location

Below is an example of what a Certification Label looks like for a Sequoia and the location of the model code is circled in red, to give you a better idea of where it is located on the label. There is also other good information on this label that can give you other towing related metrics for your Sequoia like GVWR, Axle Ratings, etc.

Toyota Sequoia Model Number Location On Certification Label

Towing Resources For The Toyota Sequoias:

Below is various links to all of the Toyota Sequoia's owners manuals that I used when conducting my research. These are all from Toyota's website and I wanted to include them for an easy to find reference library for anyone who wants to look up the specs for themselves...

Want To Share This?