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 10 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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NA
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NA
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NA
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
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
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
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.7-liter V8 (282 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Toyota Sequoia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“They wont come on. Had it fixed twice and they still will not maintain operation”

William N., TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“had to replace tire moniters”

Jack K., CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Horn

“Horn will not operate 95% of the time”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

“both front door keyless entry do not work. as well the rear door latch broke to open the tail gate because it is made out of plastic”

William B., AZ (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Warning lights

“Most of my warning lights were all on at the same time. Even the brake light was on when the brake was not even engaged. There was an issue with the electrical system”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Several dashboard warning lights come on simultaneously for no reason. Probably a sensor problem, but dealer can't fix”

Anonymous, WV (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Tire pressure light”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

“The motor burned out for the back wiper. Did not fix the problem, because the dealership said that there is a probable short in the system”

Jacques K., CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rear wiper and window modulator quit. Too expensive to let Toyota fix it”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rear wiper/washer stopped functioning several years ago & I was told that both motor & computer would have to be replace @ $750. I wiggled the fuse & it began working again temporarily. The fuse manipulation work the next next 2 times wiper stopped w”

Anonymous, NC (2005 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

“Rear hatch latch stopped working..., second time”

Stephen C., PA (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“rear hatch door will not open”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Rear liftgate latch needed complete replacement as it failed due to rust and corrosion issues”

Jeremy S., IL (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The rear hatch latch broke and the door could not be opened. Amazingly, there is no other way to open the hatch except by using the latch. The door cannot be opened from inside the vehicle. I repairs the latch myself, having to take the hatch completely apart from inside the vehicle, and to find out the part that broke was plastic. When I called Toyota for the part, which they only sell a plastic replacement part, the parts man said he was surprised the latch hadn't broken sooner as this was a c”

Don K., CO (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Tailgate will lock sometimes and won't lock sometimes. Tailgate will unlock sometimes and won't unlock sometimes”

Sean C., TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The Hatch latch broke. The part on line is $25 but $110 from the dealer and they want over $500 to install it”

Tommy E., MT (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“tailgate latch has broken twice”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rear window would not operate”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“PROBLEM WITH THE ABS, BRAKE, STABILITY, TRACTION DASH LIGHTS COMING ON AT THE SAME TIME INTERMITTENTLY”

Kevin A., TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Apparently, it is very common for the ABS, VSC and VTC systems to fail simultaneously. which happened on this vehicle at 134500 miles. Once the sensors fail all three must be replaced at a cost in excess of $1500”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“Brakes are the Sequoias weakness...rotors, pads and calipers. Not as reliable for such a awesome SUV”

Mark R., IN (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Squeaking

“Prev owners installed aftermarket brakes”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

“Brake light came on and went out with regularity. Needed to replace a "reserve" part of the master cylinder which required full master cylinder for more than $2000”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Regular brake failure

“The brake warning light comes on during heavy traffic”

Anonymous, VA (2005 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“DVD for GPS constantly loses spot and had disc failure. Changing discs doesn't remedy problem. Appear to be moisture or temperature related. I summer works well. For 3 months of the year only. New head unit used is still $600 to replace”

Ryan E., SC (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Volume dial has started working erratically”

Anonymous, WV (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Multiple blown speakers due to poor materials and time”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rattle sound in speaker with high bass”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Sequoia Unsure 4.7-L V8)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“It is not working. It will not play DVDs”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Does not always work properly”

Anonymous, CO (2005 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Air injection system that sends fresh air to the catalytic converter at start up had a valve stuck closed. Required replacement of the air pump and two valves. $3000”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Air injection pump shroud failure. Known issue and not covered under recall for similar years. $2700 repair. Due to tied safety systems had to have replaced. Strictly for emissions control on cold start to alter the fuel o2 ratio to 18 from 14 till temperature is reached”

Ryan E., SC (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Computer that controls all alerts/warnings (check engine, brake, Track) was replaced as it was erroneously displaying brake problems when there was actually no brake issues. 12 months and one day later (i.e. out of warranty) it started doing it agai”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Unsure 4.7-L V8)

“Had to replace air pump assy, air injection control driver and air switching valves. $2241 of which $1437 was parts. Problem was considered "Recall" on slightly later models with fewer miles. Same engine and same parts. Asked for relief - no joy”

Jim P., AL (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Multiple O2 sensor failures after 183000 miles. Responded to dash icons to determine. Reasonable to anticipate failure after higher mileage”

Anonymous, CT (2005 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

Shocks or struts

“Shocks are pretty much worn out and need replacing”

Judith B., GA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“front left strut literally broke. entire front corner of the car sank down and we had to immediately drive to the shop. they said they had never seen a strut just break before”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Leaking and play in passenger side tire”

Judith B., GA (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rack and pinion was leaking fluid. The unit was replaced with a new unit”

Alberto R., CA (2005 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

“Had to clue side molding. Paint fading”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“chalking”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Paint peeling from plastic moldings such as wheel well moldings, etc”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rust starting to show around wheelwells”

Anonymous, NH (2005 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

“THE BRAKE, STABILITY, TRACTION, ABS LIGHTS ALL COME ON AT THE SAME TIME INTERMITTENTLY”

Kevin A., TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“It will not go into 4 wheel drive if the outside temperature is under 20 degrees”

Tommy E., MT (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
CV joint

“boot leaking grease”

Anonymous, CA (2005 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

“A leak(s) have developed somewhere along the trim around the sunroof when there are heavy rains”

Cynthia G., TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“During a heavy rain, when the car was parked facing downhill, water came in the back. So we decided to replace the dubber seal of the tailgate and the strip at the bottom of the tailgate window”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Wore out, leaking at front”

C C., CA (2005 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

What Owners Say

Starter

“The starter failed”

Anonymous, CA (2005 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.

Engine Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Climate System

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

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