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The big, three-row Sequoia has a strong and refined 5.7-liter V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That combination returned only 15 mpg overall in our tests.
Rear-wheel drive and selectable full-time four-wheel drive are available. The ride is firm, and handling is clumsy but secure. The independent rear suspension allows the third-row seat to fold flat into a well. It's a high step-in to enter the cabin, but once inside, passengers will find the interior to be very roomy. Electronic connectivity includes the Entune touch-screen audio system, along with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Standard active safety features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, and rear cross traffic warning.
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2008-2021
2008 Redesign Year
Toyota's largest SUV was redesigned in 2008, again based on the Tundra pickup truck. Unlike the first generation Sequoia, this second generation goes toe to toe with other large SUV competitors when it comes to interior space and towing capacity.
Spacious seating for eight is a highlight, with one of the few third-row seats that can comfortably fit three adults across. Potent power comes from the top engine choice, a 5.7-liter V8 that supplies brisk acceleration. At 15 mpg overall, fuel economy is respectable for its class, but still isn't great. Smaller and refined V8s are also available. Handling is clumsy and even though the ride was improved, it still feels like a truck to drive. Off-road capability is impressive. Controls are simple to use, but it's a long reach to some of the radio controls across the wide cabin. A long-overdue 2016 update brought more modern infotainment and available blind spot monitoring. Overall though, the Sequoia feels dated next to more modern competition. The 2018 model gets the Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) as standard equipment on all trim lines. TSS-P includes forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. Other 2018 updates include an new trim level, called called TRD Sport. Available on four- and two-wheel drive models, the added equipment includes specially tuned Bilstein shocks and beefier front and rear anti-sway bars, 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, and various "TRD" badging. All 2020 models get standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
$55,650 - $75,800
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$50,075 - $68,675
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$45,200 - $63,825
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$40,075 - $57,325
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$33,250 - $48,900
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$28,975 - $40,950
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$24,775 - $34,425
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$20,900 - $28,350
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$19,100 - $26,475
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$17,825 - $23,050
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$15,475 - $20,425
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$14,050 - $19,100
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$13,125 - $18,000
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$11,875 - $16,175
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2001-2007
2001 Redesign Year
Based on the Tundra pickup, the big Sequoia SUV shares its refined 4.7-liter V8 powertrain. Spacious and capable, the Sequoia has a third-row seat that allows it to accommodate up to eight passengers.
However, the Toyota isn't quite as roomy, nor can it tow as much as domestic full-sized competitors. Full-time 4WD is available, but it is a less sophisticated system than that found in Toyota's other large SUV, the Land Cruiser. Even though Toyotas are known for their refinement, the Sequoia has a relatively stiff ride. Handling is cumbersome, but the interior is well finished. Stability control became standard for 2004; it was previously optional.
$9,175 - $11,750
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$7,175 - $9,000
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$6,500 - $7,775
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$5,650 - $6,625
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$5,225 - $6,050
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$4,675 - $5,650
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$3,800 - $4,975
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