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How to Use 4wd Low in a Toyota Sequoia 2nd Gen

Maximize Power and Traction on Steep, Rocky, Sandy Terrain



New to off-roading / 4x4ing and using 4 Low? 4 Low is typically used when traveling on steep inclines and over rocky terrain. You are usually going under 60kms/HR or 40miles/HR. If you drive faster it just doesn’t make sense, it’s like trying to ride a pedal bicycle for power in your easiest gear. Low turns your wheels more slowly than it does on High which is why it is used for maximum power and traction.

Toyota Sequoia Off-Road Driving

Toyota Sequoia Off-Roading in 4L

How to Use 4L in a Toyota Sequoia 2nd Gen

  • Stop to shift transmission into neutral
  • Turn dual to 4H then PUSH button in and turn to 4L
  • Wait for 4L indicator to appear in tachometer gauge
  • Shift to drive and proceed
  • Note: you can use your gear selector to select gears in order to limit the gear the transmission shift in
  • To get out of 4L the procedure is the reverse of the above

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How to use 4L in a Toyota Sequoia

Image of 2WD/4L/4H Dial in a 2013 Toyota Sequoia 2nd Gen

We wrote a more extensive article on How to Use 4WD Low Off-Roading which has further explanations and tips, we won’t repeat them here but is probably worth a quick review if you aren’t familiar with using 4Low. The article uses our Land Rover Discovery as an example but that’s not what’s important.

If you are new to off-roading take time to read some of this awesome off-road training put together by a Paul Sinkinson, a 4wd Defensive Driver Training Consultant/Trainer.

Off-Road Training, Tips and Explanations

How to Drive in Mud

How to Drive in Sand Without Getting Stuck

Guidelines to Driving on Snow and Ice

Full Off-Road Training Series