About the Toyota Sequoia
The Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV. Unlike other smaller SUVs in the Toyota line, the Sequoia has real pulling power and some off-road capabilities. In fact, it’s powerful enough to pull a boat or a trailer.
The Sequoia has tons of room for the family. Three rows of seats can fit up to nine passengers. Folding the seats down provides impressive 120-cubic feet of cargo space. This is available in the newest models because of the independent front suspension.
The engine in the Sequoia is another of its benefits. The new models have an incredible capacity and horsepower. Some controls inside the vehicle might be a bit fiddly, but overall the Sequoia is one of the finest SUVs on the market. Toyota Sequoia Features
The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is available in three trim lines including the SR5 base model, the Limited, and Platinum versions.
All three trim lines are available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive. Three different engines are available on each trim line as well. The first is a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with 32-valves. The engine produces 310 horsepower. The second engine is a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces a staggering 381 horsepower. The final engine model is the 5.7-liter, but with the flex-fuel option, allowing you to use two different kinds of fuel as power. All engines are controlled with a six-speed electronically-controlled automatic clutch.
The two-wheel drive versions are rear wheel. The four-wheel drive models use the multi-mode Torsen system with limited-slip center differential and locking feature. All vehicles have four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Three wheel options are available. The SR5 models get the standard 18-inch alloy wheels. The 20-inch sport alloy wheels come as an option on the SR5 and standard on the Limited. The 20-inch diamond cut finished alloy is available on the Platinum vehicle only.
None of the Sequoia models have particularly great fuel economy. The two-wheel drive SR5 gets 14/20 mpg city/highway and a combined 16 mpg, while the four-wheel drive models get a pretty weak 13/17 mpg city/highway and a combined 14 mpg.
Inside the vehicle is a redesigned control panel and upgraded entertainment system. Almost all Toyota models, including the Sequoia, have an AM/FM player with CD, an iPod jack, Sirius XM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. JBL synthesis speakers come standard on the Limited edition. A voice-activated DVD system is also available on the Limited as an option and is provided standard on the Platinum vehicles. The DVD entertainment system has rear seat mounted nine-inch screens with RCA jacks, outlets, and wireless headphones.
Eight- or seven-passenger seating is available depending on the model. Fabric trimmed seats are available on the SR5, while the Limited and Platinum versions get leather upgrades.
Getting in and out of the vehicle is easier than ever. Keyless entry and power door locks are standardized. All Sequoia models are fitted with front and passenger airbags, side curtains, and seat-mounted side airbags. The Sequoia is not a cheap vehicle. Prices start at $40,930 for the base SR5, and goes all the way up to $58,580 for the Platinum model. Toyota Sequoia Evolution
The first generation Sequoia was introduced in the 2001 model year. The first models had a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, a big and burly vehicle that created 240 horsepower. It used a four-speed automatic transmission for control. Two trim lines, the SR5 and the limited, were available. Several changes were made to the vehicle during the first generation production run.
2005 saw a tweak to the engine. The 240 horsepower was increased to 282 horsepower with 325 lb-ft of torque. A sport’s package as well as a Limited trim model was also introduced during this model year. Front-side airbags and side curtain airbags were introduced in 2007.
The first generation models have its problems. Although it had a slimmer body, the vehicle a little less bulky in comparison to other full-size SUVs on the market, and the shoulder room was compromised. The third row seats didn’t properly fold down, also cutting down on cargo space.
The second generation models started production in 2008 and continue today. It was introduced with a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that included an upgraded five-speed transmission.