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.
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"handlies well -optional 4 wheel drive heps on a snowy day"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"This is a fantastic vehicle to drive. It accelerates and drives like a much smaller vehicle."

TERRELL F., TX (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"The Sequoia is great for towing our boat and for driving around town."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"The Sequoia is a large SUV and drives and handles like a much smaller one. It works excellent on snow and ice. I can't imagine a better winter time vehicle."

Michael B., AK (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"ONLY complaint I have deals with the cruise control program. I DO NOT LIKE automatic speed control/reduction feature, nor the downshifting or speed reduction which on occasion can be rather harsh."

Alan C., CA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very comfortable and quiet."

Scott C., CA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Excellent acceleration and handling. Lots of power from the V8."

Mike B., PA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Good traction heavy vehicle responds well."

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Sequoia)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable and roomy. Great for towing."

STEPHAN T., QC (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Ride is very smooth and quiet. Cooling and heating works very well."

JOHN L., WA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very smooth ride for an SUV with little noise because of the seats and suspension. The noise is minimal but that partially depends on the tire type."

Brian B., UT (2003 Toyota Sequoia)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This car actually had only 25000 miles on it in 2015 when we bought it."

JAN K., TX (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"working well with regular maintainence"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very dependable."

STEPHAN T., QC (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Great value for money. Very comfortable and reliable."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"The Sequoia is hands down ,the BEST vehicle i have ever owned..goes and does everything i ask,, have logged many Off-Road Miles. Deserts and Mountains Snow. just now getting a small rattle up under the Dash. Super Comfortable Cloth Seats. you can drive this car all day. ( several friends have Leather Seats in theirs. almost all prefer the cloth) TOYOTA Dropped the Ball when they STOPPED making Comfortable seats."

STEPHEN A., CA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Purchased new. This has been our main family vehicle for 13 years and 228k miles. It still looks great. Other than the airbag recall last year this vehicle has only required routine maintenance."

RICHARD B., TX (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Never had a mechanical problem; awesome vehicle for family vacations, moving kids to and from college and after college apartments. After 270K miles the engine runs almost as well as when it was new."

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"So far the best vechicle I have ever owned. Has only needed reg scheduled maintance. ??"

Alan K., IL (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Excellent value for the price we paid. Been Driving it for 14 years and absolutely love it"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"Overall good Toyota reliability. However, VERY disappointed that Toyota is not covering rust repairs for vehicle outside of the class action settlement model years. Even though those vehicles were looked at during the manufacturers recall for rust concerns. Toyota obviously knew those vehicles COULD have been impacted, and are impacted!"

Mike B., PA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"After 13 years it still looks good and holds it own against newer cars. It doesn't look like a 13-year-old car."

JOHN L., WA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)

"The car sits outside 100% of the time and the plastic coating on the hood and roof of the car is disintegrating. Also the roof is showing signs of rust."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Sequoia)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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