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The Sequoia is a rational, reliable, but uninspired vehicle. It's roomy and quiet, the powertrain is refined, and it has good brakes. A power-retracting rear window is a nice touch, too. But handling is ungainly, and the ride is not very comfortable. Side- and curtain-air bags are standard beginning with the 2007 model year.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
NA

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008.
Model Summary
New for 2001, the Sequoia is based on the competent Tundra full-sized pickup. It also shares the Tundras refined 4.7-liter, 240-hp V8 powertrain and comes with rear- or selectable full-time four-wheel drive. This large SUV slots between Toyotas 4Runner and Land Cruiser and is sized similarly to the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe. Like those domestics, it has a third-row seat to accommodate up to eight passengers. Safety features include side-curtain air bags and electronic stability control. While the Sequoia is roomier than the uplevel Land Cruiser, it doesnt ride as comfortably and has a less sophisticated four-wheel-drive system.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.7-liter V8 (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Toyota Sequoia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Parking brake

“It took a couple fixes to fix the parking break and was quite expensive to repair”

Brannon B., UT (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Emergency brake no longer works”

Dave Q., CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Has been an issue since new”

Dan Z., AZ (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Rotors

“Worn rotors front and rear”

Anonymous, AL (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“have had rotors turned twice in recent past”

Kim H., ID (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“ABS and VSC light come on periodically . Systems still functioned ok”

Mark J., CO (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Calipers

“Needed upgrade to Tundra calipers”

Anonymous, MO (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“pistons were stuck causing additional wear”

Mark J., CO (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“seized calipers multiple times; rear tailgate latch rusted and wouldn't open reliably or close securely (particularly in the winter) and had to be replaced. Tachometer guage intermittently reads very high when vehicle is idling perfectly normally”

Anonymous, MB (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

“Leaks”

Edward G., NY (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Regular brake failure

“Brakes constantly being replaced. Finally replaced with after market high performance brakes disks, pads & calipers and working much better”

Eric M., CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

“The rear lifgate on this car has been the one cronic problem. Dirt gets in the door through the electric window and jams the latch, breaks the handle and costs a lot to fix. This is a design flaw, but the rest of the truck has been fine for 16 years where it gets substantial off-road service”

Anonymous, IA (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rear hatch latch has broken for the 6th time”

Robert B., MO (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Front door latch broke”

Anonymous, ME (2001 Toyota Sequoia Unsure 4.7-L V8)

“Tailgate wouldn't open. tailgate latch had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rear lift gate latch is plastic and is a known problem on the Sequoia. This is the 2nd time I have had to replace the latch because it broke. The first time it cost $300 at a Toyota dealer. This time, I did it myself for $28”

Stan H., UT (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Tailgate handle broke quite some time ago. Front hood latch broke more recently”

Steven L., KY (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“This will be the third time we have had to have the rear latch replaced from it breaking somewhere on the inside”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Tailgate latch has broken several times; Electric tailgate window broken”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Mirrors

“electronic outside mirrors do not retract”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The driver's side mirror controls quit working (gear wore out). Disconnected it electrically and making do with manual adjustment”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Although the car is older, we had to replace the shocks and struts. It was quite costly”

Brannon B., UT (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“We had to replace them”

Brannon B., UT (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“First time replaced in 14 years”

Aaron C., IN (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Power Steering on rack and pinion end of things was leaking and needed to be replaced”

Harry B., MT (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Ball joints

“General wear and tear. Replaced due to age and preventative maintenance”

Aaron C., IN (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Worn right side ball joint caused wandering on uneven roads”

Anonymous, NM (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“High pressure power steering hose leak. Excessively costly to replace at Crown Toyota in Winnipeg. Exactly the same part online costs $96, whereas dealer cost for the exact same part part (same brand and part number) was $489!! Unbelievable ripoff!”

Anonymous, MB (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“It doesn'y work”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“will no longer load CDs”

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“CD changer and player do not work”

Kelly P., UT (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Front speakers (woofers) separated from frame (seems like common JBL problem) and had to be repaired”

Greg D., VA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“It had to be replaced for over $3000.00”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Ran and relay went out and had to be replaced at just under 150,000 miles”

Stan H., UT (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Evaporator

“Replaced Read Heater Lines and A/C Lines Recharge A/C Replace Charcoal Canister EVAP Replace Antifreeze”

Anonymous, MN (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Heater system

“The driver side heat would not work, it blew cold air when the heater was on. However, on the passenger side it was working”

Anonymous, OK (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Water leak around rear hatch into floor carpet”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Wind noise

“Very smooth ride but a little noisy inside”

Anonymous, KY (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

“Transmission dashboard "D" light not working”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Many of the interior lights failed, Drive light is broken, and many buttons are broken. Also front speakers failed”

Dave Q., CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

“I have a minor amount of rust along the wheel cut-out on the passenger side door. It seems to have been crinkled on the folded over edge, but I don't believe I did it. It rusted there, but the truck is 16 years old and is used in midwestern winter and many miles on gravel roads. Further, it is covered by the plastic edging, so is only visibel when the door is open”

Anonymous, IA (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The weather stripping and finish around the windows warped and cracked. Also the plastic bits around the door handle have cracked and broken off”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Had to replace Catalytic Converter. Dealer wanted $4000.00 found a place for $1,100. Very costly repair”

Eric M., CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

“I had it replaced about 6 years ago. It is now needing replacement again - definitely a faulty issue from the beginning”

Blaine N., CO (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Overdrive gears seem to be a weakness. I noticed a problem when the truck was shifting into overdrive and the transmission actually failed during a shop test drive. This was at 190,000 miles”

Marcia R., MN (2001 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“It was leaking and had to be replaced. Very expensive”

Bruce S., CA (2001 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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