Toyota's Sequoia may look odd from a company best known for selling the fuel-sipping Prius line, but this large SUV appeals to buyers who need all of its towing and people-hauling abilities. It's powered by the same strong engine in the Tundra pickup and has loads of space for seats or cargo -- all while maintaining a decent level or refinement.
There are no changes to the Sequoia for 2014.
The Sequoia does little to conceal the fact it's a large SUV. It's imposing, with large expanses of chrome, and the upscale Platinum model adds special finishes to set it off from less expensive models in the range.
The interior is starting to show its age, though. While none of the current full-size SUVs have truly plush interiors, the Sequoia's has too many low-grade plastics and materials for a vehicle that can run past $50,000. There's plenty of space, though, with vast storage cubbies up front, too.
Step-in height isn't too difficult for kids, and the Sequoia seats eight people easily. Entry to the third row is okay, but space is about par for the class. With all of the seats folded away, cargo room is positively vast. Towing is a strong suit at a maximum of 7,400 pounds, but smaller SUVs tow the same and some competitors can tow more.
Under the Hood
There's only one engine choice, but it's a big one. The 5.7-liter V8 musters a strong 381 horsepower, all routed through a six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive with a low range is optional. Fuel economy is 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive. Adding four-wheel drive drops the highway rating to 17. That's class-competitive.
Many car-based three-row crossovers handle better and get better fuel economy. Handling is poor, though no worse than other direct rivals. But performance is strong, thanks to the burly V8 engine.
The Limited brings more luxury to the Sequoia and is a good option for those who want a little more equipment. Polished 20-inch alloy wheels are standard, as is a leather interior, power liftgate, 10-way power driver's seat, backup camera, navigation and Toyota's Entune system, power-folding outside mirrors and parking sensors. A high performance 14-speaker JBL audio system is optional, as is a Blu-ray rear entertainment system with a 9-inch display and second-row captain's chairs which reduce overall passenger capacity to 7.
The Platinum trim is the top rung for the Sequoia and sets itself apart with its long list of features and special trim inside and out. It gets 20-inch chrome wheels, with captain's chairs and seating for seven, upgraded leather upholstery, adaptive suspension settings with load-leveling shocks, a 12-way power driver's seat with driver's memory settings for the seat and tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, as well as adaptive cruise control and the 14-speaker JBL audio system. Because of the long list of features, there are no factory options available.
The SR5 comes well-stocked with equipment in standard trim. This includes power windows, keyless entry, heated power mirrors, privacy glass, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim, an eight-way power driver's seat, three-zone automatic climate control, a power rear window, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls, and an eight-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, USB input and iPod interface. Towing preparation is also standard. A four-wheel drive system is available, as is navigation with Toyota's Entune system for smartphone integration to power apps. The Premium Package adds leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver's seat, a power-folding third row seat and auto-dimming rearview mirror. A Sport Package adds 20-inch chrome wheels and second-row captain's chairs.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Toyota Sequoia$63,885 | 4,645 mi
2013 Toyota Sequoia$37,994 | 25,459 mi
2012 Toyota Sequoia$57,785 | 13,384 mi
2011 Toyota Sequoia$43,250 | 60,426 mi
2010 Toyota Sequoia$37,842 | 72,632 mi
2008 Toyota Sequoia$22,800 | 106,966 mi
2008 Toyota Sequoia$23,991 | 98,568 mi
2008 Toyota Sequoia$24,988 | 91,316 mi
2007 Toyota Sequoia$16,888 | 119,839 mi
2006 Toyota Sequoia$15,573 | 108,906 mi
2006 Toyota Sequoia$18,770 | 99,390 mi
2006 Toyota Sequoia$18,995 | 88,197 mi
2005 Toyota Sequoia$14,995 | 116,108 mi
2005 Toyota Sequoia$17,995 | 93,951 mi
2005 Toyota Sequoia$18,900 | 125,327 mi
2003 Toyota Sequoia$10,995 | no mileage
2003 Toyota Sequoia$12,880 | 120,927 mi
2003 Toyota Sequoia$12,990 | 159,356 mi
2003 Toyota Sequoia$13,995 | 123,601 mi
2002 Toyota Sequoia$9,475 | 164,847 mi
2002 Toyota Sequoia$9,995 | no mileage
2001 Toyota Sequoia$6,995 | 190,761 mi
2001 Toyota Sequoia$6,995 | 194,035 mi
Impressive hauling ability and well-priced, but third-row is unusable for adults and a new model is coming
Reasonable space for eight adults with good hauling ratings, but dated interior and cumbersome to drive
Brawny V8 with a good price, but mediocre quality and generally outdated feel
Generous space and maneuverable around town, but lacks the same level of hauling ability