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RWD 5.7L SR5Regular Unleaded V-8, 5.7 L
Rear Wheel Drive
|$ 40,127||$ 44,095|
RWD 5.7L LimitedRegular Unleaded V-8, 5.7 L
Rear Wheel Drive
|$ 48,280||$ 53,055|
RWD 5.7L PlatinumRegular Unleaded V-8, 5.7 L
Rear Wheel Drive
|$ 55,324||$ 60,795|
4WD 5.7L SR5Regular Unleaded V-8, 5.7 L
Four Wheel Drive
|$ 43,060||$ 47,320|
Just like its counterparts from U.S. makers, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a classic full-size sport-utility vehicle based on the underpinnings of a pickup truck--in this case, the Toyota Tundra. The Sequoia SUV extends the Tundra pickup's tough design, towing process, and macho appearance into a utility vehicle for a family with up to eight members. But the classic truck base leads to some compromises in space efficiency, comfort, and versatility compared to the largest crossover utilities. As well as three models from GM and one from Ford, that list includes the brand-new Highlander from Toyota itself--smaller on the outside, but seemingly as large and considerably more versatile inside.
The testosterone-tinged look of the Sequoia may appear cartoonishly musclebound to some, though it beats the almost anonymous styling of most minivans. If nothing else, its tall and truck-based frontal appearance is one that no crossover can hope to rival. But missing from the Sequoia's factory options list is any serious off-road hardware, or a dedicated off-road model (even though 4WD is widely available through the model line). It all makes sense when you see the much pricier Toyota Land Cruiser across the lot.
The cabin appointments of the Sequoia, predictably, feel like those of a high-end full-size pickup in front, with two more rows of roomy wagon grafted on behind. That means an instrument panel that's functional without looking too plain. For seating, you can specify dual captain's chairs to replace a second-row bench, though it reduces the capacity to seven. Both the second- and third-row seatbacks can be folded forward to a flat cargo floor, with the second row split in three portions (40/20/40) and the third row in two (60/40). Storage space is ample once the third-row seats are folded in place, which is made easy thanks to a power-folding option.
In the past, you could choose from two different V-8 engines for the Sequoia, but last year Toyota discontinued the smaller-displacement (4.6-liter) choice. It's really for the better, as most Sequoia shoppers are towing-minded (tow ratings range up to 7,400 pounds). With 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, the remaining V-8 is a powerhouse.
But while the Sequoia may share underpinnings with the Tundra pickup truck, it rides and handles rather better. A four-wheel independent suspension helps keep the Sequoia stable through corners for the most part, although rough patches--whether pavement patches or gravel-road washboards--can upset its composure. Ride quality is good for a body-on-frame truck, thanks to the independent rear suspension system--with the ride even a step more composed with the active variable air suspension (AVS) system in the Platinum model. Road and wind noise feel quite well sealed-away, too.From base and SR5 models, to the mid-level Limited trim, and up to the luxury-packed Platinum, the Sequoia spans more than $20k, running from the mid-$40,000 range up to the mid-$60,000 range. That's before adding any of the various official dealer-installed accessories. At the top of the lineup is the Sequoia Platinum, which adds Dynamic Laser Cruiser Control, a DVD touch-screen navigation system, and a new Blu-Ray rear entertainment system with a 9-inch LCD screen and two sets of wireless headphones. A 12-way adjustable power driver’s seat, heated second-row seats, and the load-leveling air suspension with three driver-selectable modes are also all included.
Standard on the Platinum grade and available on SR5 and Limited is a new Entune multimedia system that provides access to apps for Bing search, Pandora, and others, providing access to entertainment or information through your smartphone's data connection.
- Tows like a champ
- Effortless V-8 power
- Rides comfortably
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- Expensive, with an inexpensive interior
- Expensive, without a prestige badge
- Gas mileage is low
- Hard to maneuver in tight spots