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 8 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.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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?
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.

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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 2004 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"cable to the rear passenger side wheel timing pad malfunctioned"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Computer and power system failed. Brakes can be hard to depress at times like going from manual to power"

Olivia W., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"had to replace the defective computer control module for that"

Ray N., AZ (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"parking brake light comes on intermittently during travel.Dealer informs us it is due to ABS module failure.ABS non-functional while light is on during travel.Needs $800 module replacement to fix and restore normal function of ABS.Chronic problem"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"The ECU system failed after 10.5 years"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

"failed after 10.5 years"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Two sensors on Master cylinder, one sensor failed, Toyota wanted $900 to repair"

Harold J., NC (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"After more that 130,000 miles it was time for a brake job"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Right front calliper did not work all braking action was being done by the other wheels"

Steve H., AB (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Parking brake

"another designed-to-fail cable always stretches, rendering the parking brake of poor security. Cable must be much larger diameter which will stop this FAIL. Intentional design defficiency"

Jimmy M., TX (2004 Toyota Sequoia 4.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Apparently Toyota put car quality brakes on a 5000+ lb truck. We are lucky to get 30,000 on a set of brakes. The Tahoe, on the other went over 100,000 miles before being replaced."

Mark D., FL (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"After a service to replace front brakes, lost brakes completely. Called Toyota National, they towed the car to service and completely fixed what went wrong. I was going down a hill and brake pedal went to the floor. Had lost all fluid in lnes. Scary but no one hurt. Not sure if service failure or part."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Excessive wear on rotors"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"rotor exploded"

Gary C., PA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Rotors were warped. Not sure how they get that way"

Joseph N., NJ (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"break pedal squeaks when pressed"

Carol N., KS (2004 Toyota Sequoia 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

Locks and latches

"Rear liftgate handle broke, required body shop repair due to inability to access the mechanism."

Douglas W., WY (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Front passenger door will not lock with fob or inside switch located on door arm. It needs to be locked manually. Dealer wanted +/- $400 to fix."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"rear tailgate latch failed twice, a $400 repair each time. This was a common failure on this model and should have been a recall due to weak plastic parts."

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"rear latch is designed to break, has plastic ears designed to fail, replaced twice, now with China made all metal which should never fail. Also cable assembly-to-latch is under sized which guarantees failure. Window motors are also under sized all these things guarantee service departments large earnings. This is unacceptable!!!"

Jimmy M., TX (2004 Toyota Sequoia 4.7-L V8)

"Rear hatch latch rusted out"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Mirrors

"Excessive amount of blind spots the front & side mirrors don't cover"

Dana R., NE (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Sunroof

"While driving on a two lane road, a rock broke the sunroof. Even though it was fixed, some glass remained in slide area that could not be removed. Then the control to open and close it stopped working."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Sunroof motor and hardware have broken several times"

Scott F., AZ (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"latch on the tailgate breaks. I am on my third latch, and have been told that as you lift the tailgate make sure not to lift the door touching the latch because this is what causes it to break. The problem is the latch is in the handle so it is difficult to not have your hand on the latch."

Kevin A., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"tailgate opener latch failed twice at a cost of $400 each time"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Rear door latch handle broke and we couldn't open the hatch. Toyota took care of the problem"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Hardware in rear hatch had to be totally replaced because of corrosion. Hatch would not open"

Anonymous, ID (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Handle broke and seems to be a common issue"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Tail hatch level breaks every two years"

Anonymous, AB (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Rear hatch handle has broken several times"

Scott F., AZ (2004 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The rubber trim on the passenger door around the window separated from the frame. I pulled it off and threw it away."

Lloyd J., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The rear trim paint has faded. on the left and right of the rear windows. The roof rack has faded."

Lloyd J., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"just about every Sequoia that I see on the road is experiencing the same issue. Plastic trim fades, door and window paint peels off from the chrome molding, clear coat turns chalks in various areas on the car."

Kevin A., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Clear coat on hood gone. Had to have painted"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Multiple spots (approximately 5" - 8" diameter) all over the SUV fading/chalking - has always been stored in garage - Toyota dealership not willing to fix it"

Dana R., NE (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Paint faded and chalky"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Toyota has an issue with paint fading and cracking on its older vehicles"

Jonathan M., AZ (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Rust

"The frame on this car literally is rusting in half quickly. One year it was fine couple years later it isn't safe anymore."

George S., IN (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"the price to replace the emission system is more or equal to the worth of the vehicle (per dealership)"

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"The Catalytic convertors failed, causing the warning lights for the sequoia to always be on. Very expensive to replace, and no way to disable the sensors."

Douglas W., WY (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Our catalytic control system failed. It was an after market system purchased when our original ones were stolen."

Douglas W., WY (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Catalytic converts stolen and replaced with aftermarket at half cost. Now check engine light for California emissions standards comes on periodically. VERY expensive to fix"

Anonymous, WY (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Gas tank half full, would say empty."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Fuel injection system

"Plugged up injectors"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Had two oxygen sensors fail"

Anonymous, WY (2004 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

CD player

"6 Disc CD-changer stopped working. I had it removed and replaced it with an aftermarket system."

Austin W., FL (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"CD player no longer plays a CD. CD in player will not eject"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Radio

"antennae will not rise.... dealership will not fix as it is electronic and will require extensive labor."

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"The antennae is motorized and prone to fail. Have replaced it 3 times thus far"

Francis C., GA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Power antenna doesn't work"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Speakers

"Well know speaker failure issue on the Toyota Sequoia and Tundra's. Replacement's from Toyota are WAY over priced, only options is repair (100 each) or after market replacements. Hundreds of on-line posts can be found with other people with these speaker issues."

Anonymous, IA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Front door speakers were worn out, I had them replaced with new aftermarket speakers."

Austin W., FL (2004 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

Bushings

"The right rear wheel bearing went bad which caused a slight vibration in the car and produced a noise similar to that of an engine in too low a gear for the vehicle's speed"

David L., OR (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Original shocks finally wore out. exceptional product and replace with Toyota parts"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rust!"

George S., IN (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"The tires didn't turn at the same rate so my right front tire wore unevenly and the car pulled to the right. It seemed to happen after a repair from a factory recall to replace the front right lower ball joint"

David L., OR (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Failed, leaking"

Mark W., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Both rear wheel bearings required replacement"

Payne M., VA (2004 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

12V power plug

"Rear seat plug work intermittently - dealer cannot find problem"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"side lights have condensation during weather changes. Dealer replaced twice under warranty however, this problem is a defect Toyota doesn't want to admit"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Gauges

"Gas gauge works intermittently"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Interior lights

"LIGHTS ON VARIOUS SWITCHES HAVE BURNT OUT OVER TIME, UNSURE OF HOW TO REPLACE THEM, BESIDES BUYING A NEW SWITCH"

John D., NJ (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Seems that one side of the dash lights have gone out and it is not bulbs, but rather panel circuits"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

"Rear Hatchback will not lock"

Anonymous, TN (2004 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

4WD/AWD components

"Difficulty getting it in 4wheel drive."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
CV joint

"Relapsed one time. Normal wear."

Dennis M., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"Badly designed wheel bearings. Water intrusion causes bearings to fail."

Dennis M., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Traction control

"VSC Light comes on. Problem is with Skid Plate ECU which needs to be fixed. There are tons of 1st Gen Sequoias with this issue. At slow speeds (under 15 MPH), the VSC Light and Check Engine LIght will come on, along with front ABS locking up making a loud noise and causing the vehicle to slow down. It happens about 2x year."

Michael L., GA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

"Actually accelerator control. Jolts forward"

Olivia W., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The check engine light came on showing an issue with teh Catalyst. I researched the issue and it appears to be a common problem on Sequoias and Tundras around this model and above 80000. Just after the warranty run out. I was able to replace the e"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Was stolen, very expensive to replace"

Zachary P., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Other/unsure

"Recall issue repaired by toyota"

David L., TX (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

"Airbags were replaced ~ 3 years ago as they were subject to a NHSA recall at that time"

Anonymous, WV (2004 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

A/C compressor

"I have had to replace AC system twice"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Failed"

Mark W., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"I have to add refrigerant at the beginning of every summer. Toyota dealer cannot find the leak"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 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

Gear selector or linkage

"The shifter on the steering column came loose."

John A., GA (2004 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Recently my guage indicated my engine was running very hot. Actually the engine was fine there was a problem with the thermostat"

Anonymous, CA (2004 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

Body Integrity

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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