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2008 Toyota Sequoia

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2008 Toyota Sequoia Review

Has the powerful engine and efficiency of a sport utility vehicle, but with that comes poor gas mileage.

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The 2008 Toyota Sequoia is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) that looks fabulous and offers excellent acceleration on the road. The space in this car is enough for more than seven passengers, and the seats are comfortable. It has a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine with 381 horsepower, and it also includes an efficient six-speed transmission. The 120 cubic feet of cargo space allows consumers to load many heavy packages in the car and the second-row seats fold, creating extra space. The 2008 Toyota Sequoia’s features include climate control, telescopic steering wheel, sound system, shock absorbers, a back-up camera, and a navigation system. A sunroof also comes with this car. The 2008 Toyota Sequoia has a towing capacity of 7800 pounds. The luggage capacity is also great based on customer reviews. This car holds up well on snowy roads and customers who purchased this car reported very few problems with it. It may guzzle a bit of gas than preferred, but its sporty style is a plus. Moreover, it is backed by legendary Toyota quality.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size sport utility vehicle
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Sequoia

What's New

The 2008 Toyota Sequoia is slightly larger than previous models, and it has an added third row of seating.


The 2008 Toyota Sequoia’s measurements are 79.8 inches in height, 74.6 inches in width, and 205.1 inches in length. The front and rear tracks are 67.9 inches, and the wheelbase is 122.0 inches. The towing capacity is 780 pounds, and the curb weight is 5680 pounds. The styling of the exterior is very rugged and tough. However, many drivers consider it to be too bulky.


The 2008 Toyota Sequoia’s front head room is 39.7 inches and front hip room is 61.5 inches. The front leg room is 38 inches, and front shoulder room is 66.4 inches. The rear hip room is 62.6 inches, and rear head room is 39.4 inches. The rear leg room is 35.4 inches. The rear shoulder room is 66.1 inches. Customers also enjoyed the interior features, such as the DVD player for their children, the audio player, front door and rear door pockets, and comfortable seats. Other customers liked the tinted windows and were happy with the interior altogether.

Performance & Handling

Overall, the engine, brakes and transmission work together perfectly to deliver an excellent performance on the road. Some customers had trouble with the oil pan and complained of leaks, while other customers experienced minor electrical issues with the car. There are mixed opinions on the gas mileage; some drivers were pleased with the mileage while others felt the mileage wasn’t adequate for their needs. The ride is smooth in general and can hold up in tough weather conditions. Occasionally, the car rattles and a handful of drivers experienced trouble with the brake pads. Some customers enjoyed the ease of use when parking, and they were also pleased with how well the car functioned altogether. The accelerator also runs smoothly on the road.


The 2008 Sequoia’s safety features include airbags, child seat anchors, child safety locks, anti-theft protection, headrests, seat belt pretensioners, traction control, and tire pressure monitors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Sequoia: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Engine power
  • Transmission operation
  • Power steering
  • Reliability

You Won't Like

  • Poor gas mileage
  • Awkward location of center console
  • Occasional problems with windshield wipers
  • Problems with oil tank

Sum Up

Has the powerful engine and efficiency of a sport utility vehicle, but with that comes poor gas mileage.

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See the New 2015 Sequoia.

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