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2005 Toyota Sequoia Review
A very capable, family-friendly, full-size SUV.
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First introduced in 2001, Toyota’s Sequoia is the company’s largest sport utility vehicle (SUV). Based on the Tundra pickup truck, it is nearly 204 inches long overall. For 2005, it features an updated exterior with a new front fascia and grille, standard over-fenders, and redesigned tail lamps with clear-lens covers. Its V-8 generates 42 more horsepower than the previous model and is mated to a new five-speed automatic transmission. New optional side curtain airbags incorporate roll sensing and extend to protect second-row passengers.
The 2005 Toyota Sequoia is offered in SR5 and Limited Trim levels with a new optional Limited Luxury Package that includes a height-control rear air suspension, touch-screen navigation system, and a 10-speaker audio system. Buyers have a choice of rear-drive (RWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). It is well engineered and offers high build and finish quality. Although it is truck-based, it is relatively quiet and comfortable and a good choice for families, especially if they pull trailers.
Engine: 4.7-liter V-8
Transmission: five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Sequoia SR5, Toyota Sequoia Limited
The 2005 Toyota Sequoia has added a significant amount of equipment without substantially raising the base price. The standard 4.7-liter V-8 now delivers 282 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque and teamed with a new five-speed automatic transmission. The exterior features a new front fascia and grille, redesigned tail lamps, an in-glass antenna, and color-keyed fender flares. The SR5 is available with a new sport package that includes fog lamps, tubular running boards, a height-adjustable rear suspension, a front skid plate, a JBL premium sound system, and 16-inch alloy wheels. A new Limited Luxury package includes second-row leather bucket seats, a removable center console, unique wood trim, electroluminescent gauges, height-adjustable rear suspension, and memory for the driver’s seat and outside mirrors. Other additions include available push-button engagement for the 4WD system and an optional navigation system. There's also a new rollover sensor that triggers the side and head curtain airbags in the event of a rollover accident. A third-row center headrest has also been added.
The 2005 Toyota Sequoia takes many of its styling cues from the Tundra full-size pickup. Conservatively styled, it almost looks like a minivan from the rear. The overall look is clean and purposeful. The window in the rear liftgate rolls down, making loading such a tall vehicle a little easier. Its overhangs are short, making for good approach and departure angles for off-road driving. Built on a 118.1-inch wheelbase, it measures 203.9 inches long overall and 76.4 inches wide. Standard equipment on the SR5 includes 16-inch steel wheels, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, power retracting liftgate window, and power windows, door locks and heated mirrors. The Limited model rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and offers 10.6 inches of ground clearance. The exterior of the Limited model features body-color wheel arches, mirrors and molding, as opposed to black. It's also distinguished by its fog lights and running boards.
The 2005 Toyota Sequoia’s tall stance can make getting in and out tricky but also offers a commanding view from every seat. The dash features a center pod with large control buttons and knobs and metallic trim on the switch clusters and dash. A large, two-level bin between the front seats can hold and organize a variety of items, and the driver information center includes a compass, outside temperature display, and fuel economy statistics. Three rows of seating accommodate up to eight people. The middle row seat folds and tumbles forward for access to the third row and are easy to put back once passengers are aboard. Third-row legroom is somewhat limited, but the seatbacks recline, and there is plenty of headroom. For more cargo space, the third-row seats tumble forward, or it can be removed completely. With the third row removed and the second row folded forward, it offers an impressive maximum cargo capacity of 128.1 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Toyota Sequoia’s 4.7-liter V-8 produces 282 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. It teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 uses Toyota's variable valve timing with intelligence system. A dashboard control on 4WD models permits switching into or out of 4WD High while under way.
Standard safety features for the 2005 Toyota Sequoia include anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. All eight seating positions have three-point seatbelts, and optional side curtain airbags include roll-sensing and extend to protect both front and second-row occupants.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Sequoia 4WD: 13/16 mpg city/highway
- Versatile, comfortable interior
- Plenty of cargo space
- Agile handling
You Won't Like
- Low towing capacity for a full-size SUV
- Bland styling
A very capable, family-friendly, full-size SUV.
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