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The Sequoia is a rational but uninspired vehicle. It's roomy and quiet, the powertrain is refined and it has good brakes. The power-retracting rear window is a nice touch, too. But handling is ungainly and the ride quality is not very comfortable. Side- and curtain-airbags were made standard beginning with the 2007 model year.
Alerts
There are 7 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.
0 to 60 mph 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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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.

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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008.
Road Test

The Sequoia is a rational but uninspired vehicle. It's roomy and quiet, the powertrain is refined and it has good brakes. The power-retracting rear window is a nice touch, too. But handling is ungainly and the ride quality is not very comfortable. Side- and curtain-airbags were made standard beginning with the 2007 model year.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2002 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

“The braking systemnhas been known to have problems for this year and model Sequoia. No matter what you change it doesn't seem to fix the issue. Major problems since May 2015”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Computer has gone bad. Has shut down anti lock brakes and stability control”

Charles M., AL (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The computer module that controls stablity and ABS is not functioning, the cost of this replacement is $1400 for part + labor. Car functions without replacement of part”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Brakes were stuck on even though brakes were only 1.5 years old. Both front and back were stuck and overheating. Les Schwab would not honor their brake replacement since transfer of ownership. All four brakes and rotors replaced”

Monty H., WA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Brakes/brake components are too small for this size vehicle causing the brakes to wear prematurely”

Joseph J., CO (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Pulsation and premature rotor ware on after market parts. (18000 miles)”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rotors have become warped and cannot be turned due to being too thin”

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Sequoia Unsure 4.7-L V8)

“The rotors seem to warp prematurely. I have to replace the front rotors every time I replace the pads. Machining only cures the pulsing sensation for a few hundred miles”

David W., CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“breaks and rotors had to be replaced again. happens every 25000 miles which is too often in my opinion”

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Brakes squeal when used in reverse after dealer serviced the brakes”

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“We moved to the mountains and have had problems with brake wear due to the mountain driving”

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The parking brake was in pieces and had to be replaced @ 90,000mi. It's hard to get the pedal adjusted”

David W., CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

“Replaced under recall”

Robert L., MD (2002 Toyota Sequoia 4.7-L V8)
Bushings

“Worn out prematurely”

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Power steering leaks

“LEAK IN POWER STEERING. THEY COULD NOT REPLACE JUST A PART. HAD TO REPLACE ALMOST THE WHOLE THING”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“As I understood it, the leaks were a result of the rod problem”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Power steering fluid was being sucked into the engine. Found that a valve in the vacuum / idle system had failed, needed replacement”

Anonymous, NS (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“even though I had the struts replaced a few years ago something happened where the dealership said they were broken again”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“some play in steering”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Replaced rack and pinion, may not be that unusual for 138000 miles”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The steering rack had to be replaced at 100,000 miles”

Robert L., MD (2002 Toyota Sequoia 4.7-L V8)

“Leak in the rack and pinion - had to replace it all”

Anonymous, MN (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Had it in for the airbag recall. Could have guesses dealer would find something to charge me for. An entire day in shop and 1500 later... Not entirely sure legitimate though. Could you look into how often dealers find a costly problem when you're i”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“At about 120,000 miles it developed a light vibration and noise from the driveline. Replacing U-joints helped, but there is still some noise we have been unable to pinpoint”

Robert N., VA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

“Turned itself off and will not re-engage. Known issue with '02 and '03 but only '03 has gotten recalled”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“There is a problem with the yaw sensor on this generation Sequoia that causes the VSC and Traction Control dash lights to illuminate occasionally when driving in slippery weather. ABS deactivates when this occurs. Amazingly, the NHTSA decided this is not a safety issue, and did not force a recall. Toyota denies any culpability”

Robert N., VA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Turns on and off at will. Can not figure out what is causing it. It turns off while driving down the highway in winter which kicks the traction control off and the truck slides all over the road when snowing”

Anonymous, MN (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I have had an ongoing traction control problem that nobody seems to be able to solve. 2 major things: 1) Delay when stepping on accelerator from a stopped position. (Traction light flashes with delay.) Super scary when stopped & trying to turn left when there's a clearance. 2) If I go too fast around a corner or even in a bend in the road, a very loud alarm starts beeping, plus my pedals & steering wheel vibrate. "Too fast" is actually normal speed sometimes! It's worse if I actually apply the b”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“Differential lock light blinking. Found that the actuator in the 4wd transfer case is seized & needs replacement”

Anonymous, NS (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Transfer case

“Transmission will not come out of 4WD because of a stuck valve in the transfer case. This was due to my not cycling the 4wd system enough during the summer months”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
CV joint

“Replaced CV boots/joints at 138000 miles, may not be unusual”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

“The driver side door latch cable broke requiring repair. The rear driver side door latch broke also”

Alison W., FL (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The tailgate latch broke”

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Hatch control has broken several times over car lifetime. And it feels like it is about to break again. Very weak point of car. The tailgate is also getting difficult to open/close. It has lived it's life in Phoenix so rust is not the causative factor!”

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“latch has broken 3 times”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The handle on the rear hatch keeps breaking. It costs $500 to repair. The handle is sh_tty plastic and for a car of this expense this should not be plastic and keep breaking. They shouldn't charge $500 for a job that takes less than an hour to fin”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The mechanism to open and close the tailgate doesn't work - poorly designed”

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

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.

What Owners Say

“Over $3,500 to replace the catalytic converters and sensors at the dealer. 3 times higher than anywhere else”

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“engine light on, fowled spark plugs on one side of engine”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“$4000 to repair catalytic converter and O2 sensors in order to get through Inspection. Found a guy who did the repair for $1200, but wouldn't guarantee it would pass again 12 months later. Will know come this November”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The O2 sensor failed but because it's attached to the manifold it's very hard to repair without possible damage to the manifold”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump abruptly failed and was very costly to replace”

Joseph J., CO (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“It was time to replace them both. Not unexpected. Extremely high cost to do with Toyota dealership. But price was okay when worked with independent repair shop”

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The complete exhaust system had to be replaced because of rust and corosion. The O2 sensors were giving bad readings to the ECU because of the air leaks. I had a local repair shop repair it for $2200.00”

Paul L., IL (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Exhaust system has been leaking since I bought the truck but it has progressively gotten worse. It is more annoying than anything”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“exhaust only comes as a complete unit. installed cost approx $1200.oo”

Anonymous, BC (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

“gasket had to be replaced”

Rick K., CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“I think my official color is "thunder cloud gray", but it's a darker gray. Every Sequoia I've seen with this color in town looks terrible, like mine. Over the last few years, the oxidation has spread, the worst being the hood & the roof. This appears to be a Florida thing with gray Sequoias! I have friends with white, black, blue which all look fine. Mine looks like I drove through acid”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Paint all over the car looks horrid - peeling with a white glaze”

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The clear coat on my white sequoia had dulled horribly. I have been told it is common for this year sequoia”

Alison W., FL (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rear end, front ale and entire frame have been replaced becsuse of rust. Gas tank has a hole in it. Entire undercarriage rusted away”

Steve K., OH (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“This truck is rusting in the front, middle and back. Ugh”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

“Windows and locks started cycling at random times, including when I was away from the vehicle. The only way to stop this was to stop using the key fob (take battery out and never use again). Now I have to use the plain key to lock/unlock vehicle”

Anonymous, NM (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Fuel / Tank Level sender stopped working reliably. Fuel gauge often reads zero, especially within a few days of filling up, then goes back to accurate after turning engine off and back on. I have to check mileage to be sure how much gas remains”

Anonymous, NM (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Clouding light covers”

Byron P., NM (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“See prior note”

Robert R., CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Interior lights

“Dashboard lighting has gotten weak so very hard to see speedometer (day or night). Toyota has not been able to fix”

Byron P., NM (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 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 leakage through back hatch”

Steve K., GA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“minor water drip on lift gate”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rear hatch has been replaced three times due to breakage. Inside hatch cable and assembly have been replaced multiple times and still fails. Currently rigged with a string”

Steve K., GA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Creaking from front suspension”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

“I have to replace the AC compressor for $1300”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“It died at 210000...not really a problem, just worn out”

Anonymous, NH (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Condenser

“condenser impeller fan failed -”

Andrew C., CO (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Leaking valve cover gaskets; replaced”

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Valve cover leaks. Right and left side leaking. Repaired at private repair shop”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Enitire understructure of this car has had to be replaced; Frame, rear end and front axle due to rust. This car is junk and Toyota should be held accoutnable”

Steve K., OH (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 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

Speakers

“Speakers on the front doors apparently dried out and cracked. I was unable to find replacement speakers without replacing the whole radio system, so i had to find similar sizes and hand-adapt them. Dealer was simply not helpful”

John P., FL (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“CD player stopped ejecting/accepting CDs”

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Sequoia Unsure 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

“Had difficulty with maintaining speed. No exceleration at times when the pedal was applied”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Rough shifting

“even after trans rebuild at dealership, it still is a hard shift - not smooth like it was when new. going to synth trans oil didnt seem to help - infact, maybe made it worse”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Analysis revealed radiator was leaking; replaced”

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Water pump

“Water pump went out, replaced water pump and timing belt at the same time”

Anonymous, WY (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 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

“Had to replace head gasket due to leaking oil”

Richard B., FL (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

“Belt replaced proactively due to approaching 100,000 miles”

Al H., NV (2002 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

What Owners Say

Coil

“Coil to one of the the spark plugs stopped working. Had it replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“i took the car in for normal trans maintenance with now problems, but requested they use synth oil. 3mo later, the trans needed to be rebuilt”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
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