2002 Toyota Sequoia

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Review

Height and overall body size coupled with stability and off-road capabilities.

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Overview

The 2002 Toyota Sequoia is a response to an ignored market segment and stands at a startling 10 inches off the ground. Its 4.7-liter, V-8 engine gives a vibration under the hood worthy of its towering presence and comes with off-road functionality with a rear- or four-wheel-drive configuration. It also seats eight and performs beautifully on-road, around tight bends and off-road. It looks deceptively like a truck but drives like a mean machine and with the engine power speed comes easy to anyone sitting behind the Toyota Sequoia wheel.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Sequoia SR5 2WD, Toyota Sequoia SR5 4WD, Toyota Sequoia Limited 2WD, Toyota Sequoia Limited 4WD

What's New

The 2002 Toyota Sequoia comes with easily accessible controls to engage or disengage four-wheel drive functionality. Safety features to complement its capacity for speed considering its height include vehicle skid control (VSC) that becomes immediately apparent when maneuvering curves, and Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) that come standard. Additional safety features for the driver and passengers include side-curtain airbags, and the day-to-day running security fittings include remote key-less entry and fog lamps.

Exterior

The 2002 Toyota Sequoia has heated retractable mirrors and variable intermittent wipers on the front and rear windows. It comes fitted with privacy glass from factory, and the rear window is fitted with a defogger. The rear lift-gate is power driven. It runs tall on 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with P245/70R16 all-season tires. Its exterior dimensions are impressive at 76.4 inches width, 73.2 inches height, and 203.9 inches length.

The 2002 Toyota Sequoia stands taller than most vehicles in its class at 10 inches ground clearance. It runs on 118.1-inch wheelbase, and cargo and hauling stuff is not a problem with this massive machine. It comes with 27.8 cubic feet cargo capacity with all the seats fitted for its possible eight passengers, but that expands to a sizable 128.1 cubic feet maximum capacity. With the right equipment in place, it hauls a maximum capacity of 6500 pounds, and with its gross weight of 6500 pounds, it handles towing well.

Interior

The 2002 Toyota Sequoia includes power-operated fittings such as the door locks, and this edition comes with key-less entry as a standard feature with power mirrors. The speed-proportional power steering operates on a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with cruise and audio controls mounted on it. The upholstery is cloth on the front seats, split-folding rear seat, and rear seatback. It has reclining rear seats with a folding center armrest, as well as manual folding split-bench third row seats.

The Toyota Sequoia is fitted with power antenna to support the AM/FM radio with a single CD-player with stereo, emitting sound from six stereo speakers. A six CD-changer is available as an option, as is a 10-speaker sound system on some of the trims. The supplied storage spots are at the front console, on the front and rear door pockets, and cup holders are fitted in the front, rear, and on the third row. The driver and passenger in the front each have a vanity mirror, and there are reading lights in the front, in the rear, and in the cargo area. It's roomy within and comes with 41.1 inches headroom, 59.7 inches hip room, 41.6 inches legroom, and 62.1 inches shoulder room in the front, while the rear interior dimensions are 58.3 inches hip room, 40.6 inches headroom, 38.4 inches legroom, and 62.2 inches shoulder room.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Toyota Sequoia is a rear-drive, four-speed automatic with a 4.7-liter, V-8 that produces 240-hp at 4800 rpm and 315 lb-ft of torque at 3400 rpm. The engine is fitted with a double overhead cam (DOHC) and 32 valves and its suspension system comes with double wishbone front suspension, solid live axle rear suspension, and a front independent suspension. Safety and stability is an important feature on this tall vehicle, and it has four-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist system, while the front and rear brakes are fitted with ventilated discs. Other stability systems include electronic brake-force distribution and stability and traction control systems.

Safety

The 2002 Toyota Sequoia includes safety fittings, such as height-adjustable headrests in the front and rear seats that protect occupants from whiplash in the event of a collision. The rear seat has child seat anchors, and the rear doors have child safety locks that ensure a child does not accidentally open the door on stationery or moving vehicle. Additional precautions include the anti-theft alarm system and an engine immobilizer that kicks in when a key other than the original manufacturer key with correct electronic settings is used.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Sequoia 2WD: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Toyota Sequoia 4WD: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Ground clearance
  • Stability
  • Off-road functionality
  • Cargo capacity

You Won't Like

  • Many comfort features still optional

Sum Up

Height and overall body size coupled with stability and off-road capabilities.

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