2004 Toyota Sequoia

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2004 Toyota Sequoia Review

A versatile SUV that outshines its competitors.

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Overview

Few SUVs from 2004 can top the Toyota Sequoia. In comparative size, it's larger than a Chevy Tahoe and just barely smaller than a Ford Expedition. Beating out Ford and General Motors, it is remarkably well-engineered. Toyota continues its run of reliable and highly-rated vehicles with this SUV. Capable of towing and of holding up to eight passengers, this is an excellent vehicle for large families. It is spacious for passengers and luggage with the ability to tow trailers or RVs behind. Towing capacity is rated between 6200 and 6500 pounds. For off-road terrain, it is available in either rear drive or in four-wheel drive. The rear drive offers 10 inches of ground clearance while the four-wheel drive grants an additional six inches. Climbing in and out of this SUV can be difficult without running boards, and further climbing into the third row can be tiresome at times. The hassle is well worth all the space though. This SUV manages to combine off-road ability with ample space and towing capability, making it hard to top.

The Range

Body styles: four-door SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Sequoia SR5, Toyota Sequoia Limited

What's New

The 2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited comes with a sunroof while the SR5 comes standard with power front seats and a dual-zone air-conditioner.

Exterior

The 2004 Toyota Sequoia is large and has the simple SUV look that is expected. It features a rear liftgate and four side doors. Both models allow for ground clearance giving it the look and capability of off-road action. Unfortunately, the same ground clearance can make getting in and out difficult at times. With the optional four-wheel drive, the ground clearance can be close to 10.5 inches, making the optional running boards essential for families with kids or short adults. Nice touches like the optional heated power mirrors grant it a luxurious air that is uncommon for SUVs.

Interior

The 2004 Toyota Sequoia come with many standard options without seeing a significant rise in price. The SR5 comes standard with dual-zone air-conditioning for comfort in any row. Power windows and front seats can be enjoyed on both models. The Limited has leather seats and trimmings standard, but it's also available in the SR5 with the right options package. The Limited has a 10-speaker sound system with a standard CD-player. The player can be upgraded to a six-CD changer, and the option of a DVD player keeps the rear passengers occupied on long trips. There is plenty of headroom for passengers in the SUV, even in the third row of seats, though leg room in the third row gets a little tight. The seats offer a comfortable ride, while the smoothness of the SUV helps give a slight sense of luxury. Heated front seats and a sunroof only add to the luxurious feel.

Performance & Handling

The V-8 engine does a respectable job of moving the SUV and occupants with speed and a smooth ride. Since this is a large and heavy SUV, the towing load available for the V-8 is not quite as good as its competitors. With the optional four-wheel drive and traction control, this SUV can really enjoy off-road safely. The suspension does a commendable job at reducing bumps and jolts, but it does not eliminate them entirely. A self-leveling rear suspension is available for this vehicle. The front and rear ventilated disc brakes utilize the brake assist to allow for quick stopping. The rack and pinion steering allows this large SUV to turn and handle surprisingly well. This vehicle can be fun to drive on short excursions or for long trips.

Safety

Standard safety equipment is plentiful on both trims. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist is standard. Three-point seat belts are standard and keep passengers snug. The electronic stability control system helps handling around turns and protects against skidding. Traction control increases safety in inclement conditions and keeps the wheels from slipping when stopping or accelerating. Daytime running lights are optional for this SUV. The front airbags come standard while the front side-impact airbags and head-protection airbags are optional. Anti-theft devices combined with an engine immobilizer help keep the SUV secure.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Sequoia SR5: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Multipurpose SUV
  • Comfortable interior with lots of space
  • Record of excellence
  • Skid and traction control make for decent handling

You Won't Like

  • Not many options for body, trim, or engine
  • Engine is adequate, but not impressive for the size

Sum Up

A versatile SUV that outshines its competitors.

If You Like This Vehicle

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  • Dodge Durango
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