Toyota releases the first Sequoia for 2001, and already it bests the competition by focusing on features that today's drivers want most from full-size SUVs. The 2001 Toyota Sequoia seats up to eight passengers comfortably. Although it comes up one seat short of most SUVs it still meets most people’s needs. It also comes with plenty of luxurious features that buyers love.
The 2001 Sequoia comes loaded with standard safety features. You can also add some extras to make it even safer. With or without the additional features, though, this SUV remains one of safest vehicles on the road.
The Sequoia really stands out by addressing environmental concerns. SUVs suffer from reputations as gas-guzzling, exhaust-spewing harbingers of the world's destruction. The Sequoia takes a big step toward reversing that reputation. Yes, it only gets 16 mpg on the highway, but it has a V-8 engine that meets ULEV (ultra low emission vehicle) standards. Compared to the Expedition, it produces 40 percent fewer NMOG (non-methane organic gases) pollutants. Finally, an SUV that doesn't make you look like a huge hypocrite. Stick a ""save the world"" bumper sticker on the Sequoia and you might even start a few enlightening conversations.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Models: Toyota Sequoia SR5, Toyota Sequoia Limited
Toyota introduces the Sequoia for 2001.
The 2001 Toyota Sequoia shows off a rugged look that doesn’t mess around, but it also doesn't stand out like some crazy off-road machine on the highway. Those rugged looks come in part from the Sequoia’s size. Built for eight passengers on the inside, a large outside seems imperative. Its charm also comes from its simple design. Toyota doesn’t waste a lot of time making the Sequoia's exterior look fancy. That would be like dressing a stallion in a tuxedo. Since this vehicle has the means to go offroad, it only makes sense that it should have the looks too.
If you need to seat as many people as possible in a single vehicle, then you might want to consider slightly larger SUVs such as the Yukon or Expedition, which have enough room for nine. If you can lose one seat without losing comfort, though, then the 2001 Toyota Sequoia seems just right for you. It seats eight without any problems and still offers plenty of room for cargo. Plus, you can add on a roof rack and tow hitch to free up room inside the cabin.
The 2001 Toyota Sequoia comes in two trim levels: SR5 and Limited. If you want a lot of luxury features, then you should definitely go with the Limited model. It gives you seat heaters and dual air-conditioning, a third-row seat, leather seating, and a 10-speaker JBL sound system.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Toyota Sequoia comes with a 4.7-liter, i-Force V-8 that cranks out 240 hp and an impressive 315 lb-ft of torque. If that doesn't mean much to you, then just consider that the Sequoia can tow up to 6500 pounds.
The 2001 Sequoia offers brilliant handling both on and off the road. Its double-wishbone front suspension helps keep bumps to a minimum, so you can enjoy the drive. The optional stability control makes the ride even better, especially if you worry about taking sharp turns in an SUV.
Four-wheel drive gives you more oomph in slippery conditions, but the two-wheel drive tows 300 pounds more than the four-wheel drive. Either way, you get plenty of power and agility that meets most needs, whether you plan to use the Sequoia to drop the kids of at school or head out to a distant campsite to escape the city.
The 2001 Toyota Sequoia comes loaded with safety features. Highlights include traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and four-wheel ABS. It also comes with an engine immobilizer, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, and an anti-theft alarm system that prevents jealous thieves from driving away with your prized possession. The Sequoia has plenty of airbags to protect passengers against unavoidable accidents, including curtain-shied airbags. Stability control remains optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Sequoia: 12/16 mpg city/highway
- Low emissions
- Curtain-shield side airbags
- Ground clearance for off-road travel
- Attractive aesthetics
- Third-row seating
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Bumpy ride in the back
Full-size SUV with plenty of power, comfort, and roominess without spewing a ton of pollutants into the air.
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