We’ve experienced the Entune audio system in a number of Toyota products — most of them carried a Lexus badge and called it Enform, but whatev. Now Toyota says the big Sequoia SUV is the latest to get Entune as an option.
According to the release from Toyota, the 2014 Sequoia SR5 adds the new Entune Audio Plus system, while the Limited gets Entune Premium Audio and the Platinum grade has Entune Premium JBL Audio. The latter is an option for the Limited, the release said.
The JBL Audio is no joke. We had it in our 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid several weeks ago, and we came away mostly impressed with the speakers’ quality after doing some minor manual adjustments to the three-band EQ offered by the Entune system.
It will be the icing on the cake for the Sequoia, which practically offers buyers everything and the kitchen sink, as large SUVs go. It was the first Toyota to offer a factory-installed Blu-Ray rear seat entertainment system, for example. With the Entune system, drivers can use a smartphone to gain access to navigation, entertainment, and information services, including apps such as Bing search, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp, and Facebook Places, plus real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, and stock prices.
The Entune Audio Plus system comes with a high-resolution 6.1-inch touchscreen, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, eight speakers, SiriusXM Radio with a 90-day trial subscription to XM Select Package, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port with iPod connectivity, hands-free phone capability, and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, the release said. Meanwhile, the Entune App Suite in the Entune Audio Plus package gives the user the option of streaming internet radio from services including iHeartRadio and Pandora.
One step up is the Sequoia Limited, whose Entune Premium Audio system gets an AM/FM 6-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA playback capability and more speakers — a total of 14 including subwoofer, the release said. Finally, the top trim Sequoia gets all that plus a voice-activated touchscreen DVD with integrated backup camera display and the JBL Audio package as well as a three-month trial subscription to XM Select Package and NavTraffic — an app the Entune audio system on lower-trim Sequoias apparently won’t have, if the press release is anything to go by.