2014 Toyota Sequoia Performance

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There's only one engine available in the 2014 Toyota Sequoia–a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque–which works well for shoppers who have towing in mind. That V-8 rumbles to life with some serious engine sounds, and nearly all of its torque–90 percent, in fact–is delivered at only 2,200 rpm. That assists with the Sequoia's towing ability, especially in Tow/Haul mode, where it can pull up to 7,400 pounds.

The Sequoia shares its underpinnings with the Tundra pickup truck, but it rides and handles somewhat 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. This is by no means a maneuverable, city-friendly vehicle, but among large SUVs its 38-foot turning circle is commendable.

The Sequoia tows thousands of pounds and has smooth drivetrains, but handling is typical for big utility vehicles.

And when the load's a little lighter, this is an SUV that can really move; 0-60 mph acceleration can be as quick as 6.7 seconds--better than most other vehicles of this size and capability.

Four-wheel-drive models have a knob-operated electronic two-speed transfer case containing a Torsen limited-slip differential that transmits power to front and rear axles and can be locked with the push of a button. With 4WD, there's also a special A-TRAC active traction control that may provide additional help in limited-traction situations.

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