When SUVs became mainstream in the 1990s, American manufacturers dominated the market's full-size segment. With a few exceptions at the highest end of the market, consumers turned to GM or Ford when they needed to tow a boat or ferry more than five people at a time.
That dominance ebbed in 2001 when Toyota introduced the Sequoia, a truck-based SUV with V8 power and three rows of seating. Buyers weren't used to seeing something so big in a Toyota showroom, but that didn't matter. Sales were good, and Toyota rolled out a second-generation Sequoia for 2008. Though slightly smaller than the biggest Americans, it remains the brand's largest vehicle for 2013.