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 8 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

"The handling is good on and off road. I have been amazed at how well this big car handles narrow mountain dirt roads. I can always accelerate quickly and powerfully to pass as needed, never a hesitation in the motor. It does require fairly frequent alignment and rear door handle replacement."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"The best mountain and winter vehicle I've ever had. With snow tires I've driven through 2 feet of snow to get into an unplowed trailhead parking area. Gets to summer trail heads on terrible back roads. With snow tires and prudent driving you can feel safe driving long distances on ski trips."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"The best snow and mountain car I've ever had. In the winter I use real snow tires so that's part of it's ability in snow. Have drive through 3' drifts like they weren't there. Handles nasty mountain roads getting to trailheads. Very safe. I T-boned a van that turned in front of me (his fault) at 25 mph. Destroyed his van and the air bags didn't even inflate. Just body damage, no mechanical."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Good acceleration. Typical driving experience for a high profile vehicle. Good ride."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"It goes from 0-60 extremely fast"

Zachary P., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Strong engine ands sounds strong when accelerating. Great towing capacity. Handles towing a bassboat and a truck full of gear with no problem. It is comfortable on long & short trips."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"good for essentially being a large truck"

Steve H., NC (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Good mid-range torque. Drives like a smaller vehicle. Handling is surprisingly responsive on curvy mountain roads."

Karen M., CO (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Lags on acceleration and gear changes seem slow. With rear wheel drive, the traction and handling sucks in rain and or snow. We bought this while we lived on the west coast abc dealt with the rain problems, but this truck cannot handle even the least bit of snow in our "new" state (we've been here 10 years now). When the weather sucks, my husband takes the Subaru to work but then I'm rather stranded because I won't drive the Sequoia in the show anymore .."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Vehicle acceleration is very good for a large SUV and the handling is great."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"We test drived 6 SUV and found this to handle the best on long distance travel and during inclimate wheater conditions. Its the most functional and versatile vehicle. I just hand the hood and roof painted and sealed. STill have the orignial transmission and no problem. Had to replace rear latch and handle several times. The rear window is not functional since the motor has been replaced. Latch windows are problem."

Richard L., FL (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Everything - still incredible acceleration, and handling."

JANYCE S., AL (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Acceleration is decent from a standstill but passing another car at speed is amazing."

KAREN M., CO (2004 Toyota Sequoia)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Ride is very comfortable even over long distances, in a 14 year old vehicle"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"We use the Sequoia when we make longer trips (distances over 250 miles). when we travel to Florida (1200 miles one way) for the winter, We always take the Sequoia because both of the front electric seat give you unlimited positions. It is almost like sitting in the recliner at home."

Cloyd B., AR (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"The ride, comfort, low noise level are all a big plus for during long and short trips."

Russell D., FL (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Rides comfortably. I've taken it on several long trips and found the ride and seats comfortable."

Lloyd J., CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Seatr are comfortable for short and long distance. They do need to hold you better from side to side when cornering"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Able to drive long distances and remain very comfortable."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"The Sequoia has always been comfortable for my big body. For a large 4 wheel drive often with a full load it handles very well. Another comfort I have is that with nearly 400,000 miles I haven't had to spend money repairing any big items, just maintenance and some replacements of parts that eventually wore out."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very comfortable on road trips. Also quiet."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Quiet, comfortable on long trips, great vehicle for ski trips, car camping, holds everything but the kitchen sink, good handling on nasty mountain roads."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"too much road noise"

Lynne F., ID (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very roomy and comfortable for long trips. Rear climate controls are great for the rear seating. Ride is smooth and very little road noise."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"It has been an extremely comfortable car; it was a great car to fit all 8 of us and go all over the country in."

DOUGLAS W., WY (2004 Toyota Sequoia)


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

What Owners Say

"It is the best car I have ever owned. NO MAJOR problems in 12 years now. Just upkeep. what an incredible car."

JANYCE S., AL (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"This SUV has been just as advertised, It is a very comfortable car to travel in and has consistently got the 16 MPG on long trips."

CLOYD B., AR (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"We paid about 25K for the car and have put over 160K miles on it with very few repairs. It has been a wonderfully reliable and comfortable car."

DOUGLAS W., WY (2004 Toyota Sequoia)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Timeless styling. Still looks up to date."

KAREN M., CO (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Just looks good after all these years. I like ours way more than newer models."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

"Not quite as stylish as the new models but still look sharp."

CLOYD B., AR (2004 Toyota Sequoia)

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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