2006 Toyota Sequoia

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2006 Toyota Sequoia Review

A very comfortable and capable SUV.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2006 Toyota Sequoia was introduced in 2001, and its success has grown due to the full-size SUV abilities coupled with the upper-end conveniences of a lavish family vehicle. When the Sequoia was first created, it was Toyota’s answer to the rising competition of the Land Cruiser, Tahoe, and Expedition. The Toyota Sequoia is built in Indiana and is the largest sport utility full-size vehicle in the lineup.

The 2006 Toyota Sequoia combines impeccable build quality, high-tech features, great ergonomics, and ultra-refined drivetrain. Toyota has a reputation for building quality SUVs and other vehicles. The Sequoia SUV is slated to be one of the versatile favorites that suit families, as well as single drivers.

The Range

Body Styles: Full-size SUV
Engines: 4.7 liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Sequoia SR5, Sequoia Limited

What's New

There are no new changes to the 2006 Toyota Sequoia; however, a more accurate measuring procedure causes a drop in stated power of the V-8.

Exterior

The 2006 Toyota Sequoia has two models, the Limited and base SR5 and is offered in either the four-wheel or two-wheel drive. The base SR5 is equipped with many great features like all-weather tires, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear defogger, and intermittent wipers. The Limited adds a sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, and keyless entry. The Sport package can be added to enhance the exterior with a skid plate, tubular running boards, and load-leveling rear suspension.

Interior

The interior of the 2006 Toyota Sequoia has excellent standard features that include power windows, power mirrors, power locks, cassette and CD audio system, automatic climate control, cruise control, and front storage console. The Limited models will add the premium audio JBL system, leather seating, heated front seats, rearview auto-dimming mirror, and multifunction display. All of the SUVs are available for optional six-disc in-dash CD changer, DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system, and a navigation system. With all of the interior advantages, the 2006 Toyota Sequoia leads the competition in luxury and high-technology features.

Additional packages to enhance the interior are available as well. The Luxury package includes upgraded wood trim, electroluminescent gauges, seat memory, and bucket seats. While most of the 2006 Toyota Sequoia models will carry eight passengers, the Limited model, when accompanied with the luxury package, drops the passenger capacity to seven. There is plenty of room for passengers to ride comfortably in the second row and bench seat that has a 60/40 split.

The 2006 Toyota Sequoia estimates the cargo capacity to be about 128.1 cubic feet when the seats are unbolted. The capacity for cargo without unbolting the seats is 65.3 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Toyota Sequoia is powered by a variation of the Tundra V-8 under the hood; a 4.7-liter that produces 273 horsepower with 314 lb-ft of torque. Both models come standard with an automatic five-speed transmission. The engine will fully live up to the tradition that Toyota is known for in smooth powertrains capable of delivering seamless power while making it appear to take a minimal amount of effort. The towing capacity of the 2006 Toyota Sequoia is around 6500 pounds, which may be less than that of others in the heavy-duty competition. The four-wheel-drive models can tow 6200 pounds.

The handling is good for the full-size SUV category with easy maneuvering through turns and a very smooth ride. The Sequoia offers an adequate acceleration with a refined overall demeanor. The V-8 power isn’t as explosive as some would like, but it doesn’t lessen the appeal for family buyers.

Safety

The 2006 Toyota Sequoia has excellent safety features that are standard on all models including panic assist, EBD, anti-lock disc four-wheel brakes, traction control, and stability control. Optional safety features are side seat-mounted airbags for the front seat occupants, and the occupants of the first and second rows are protected with side curtain airbags. The airbags will provide the added protection during side impacts and will deploy during an unfortunate rollover event. During government crash tests, the 2006 Toyota Sequoia earned top-notch five stars for front-passenger and driver protection in frontal-impact testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Sequoia SR5: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Sequoia Limited: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Reliability
  • Refined drivetrain
  • Comfortable and versatile interior
  • Agile handling

You Won't Like

  • Towing capacity is a little low
  • Back seats don’t fold up
  • Plain styling

Sum Up

A very comfortable and capable SUV.

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See the New 2014 Sequoia.

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