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Sequoia's main controls are large and clearly marked, but many of these smaller buttons are not conveniently placed or identified.
a 115-volt AC switch that would allow a passenger to work on a laptop
Road & Track
One neat touch: The Platinum has an optional center-row console that opens 180 degrees to create a tray for passengers and also allows for a flat cargo floor.
Car and Driver
It has Tundra-style audio and navigation controls that are impossible to reach when you're behind the wheel
Edmunds' Inside Line
There are three different trim levels to choose from when buying the Sequoia, a base SR5, mid-level Limited, and the luxury-packed Platinum. All come well-equipped, including the base SR5, which despite being aimed at cost-conscious buyers still comes with automatic tri-zone air conditioning, an eight-speaker stereo, a towing package, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio and climate controls.
Move up to the Limited and you get parking sensors, a power rear liftgate, a power folding third-row seat, and 20-inch alloy wheels. The best feature, however, is the rear-view mirror, which allows you to have a backup monitor without having to add a navigation system. The special rear-view mirror integrates a 3.3-inch monitor for the backup camera, and it also has an auto-dimming function, compass and map light.
The range-topping Platinum brings loads of luxury to the table, including DVD navigation and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch LCD screen, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, 12-way adjustable power driver’s seat, heated second-row seats, and rear load-leveling air suspension.
Missing, rather oddly, from the Sequoia's factory options list is serious off-road hardware, or a dedicated off-road model. It all makes sense when you see the much pricier Toyota Land Cruiser across the lot.
It may not have all the bells and whistles as its Chevy and Ford rivals, but the 2012 Toyota Sequoia has a lot to offer, even in standard trim.