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 10 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

"needs more power"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Handles very well, especially on the interstate and for a car over 10 years old. Acceleration is very good for a car of that size."

MICHAEL S., GA (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Good acceleration for large tow vehicle, good firm cornering."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"The Sequoia is a HEAVY vehicle and we feel it when accelerating (a bit sluggish)."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"V8 engine has great power--very useful on the crowded highways in & around Washington DC and also on the myriad interstate highways this military family drives."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very smooth and good power. Even after 138000 miles. Handles great especially for a very large vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Many long trips without fatigue. Good in bad weather o And off road."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Able to seat 4 adults and 3 teenagers with plenty of luggage room."

ROBERTA A., AK (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"The window motors seem to have some challenges. I've lost three motors over the course of the vehicles l The window motors seem to have some challenges. I've lost three motors over the course of the vehicles lifetime."

CARL S., NV (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very comfortable ride even for adults in the 3rd row"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very comfortable seats and plush but firm cornering ride."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"None of my Toyota have surpassed seating comfort of Volvo but they Toyota are comfortable. I absolutely do not like the fact the power seats are not Standard on both driver and passenger side! Get with the times Toyota!"

ELLA D., CT (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"This car is a dream for road trips even though it uses gas. My husband is tall, I am small, we are comfortable and never stiff after a long drive. Great climate control."

JANE S., CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"It seems underpowered compared to new ones. It has a 4.7 l engine which, in my mind, is not big enough for a rig that size. Because of that the mileage suffers. But, at the time, it was the best available. I don't like the auto recirc feature. It comes on automatically and I'd rather work it manually at my command."

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"very good"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Big comfy ride for long drives."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very comfortable seats. The base of seat seems longer than average which gives more support."

Bruce B., CT (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Very roomy and comfortable ride"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Large vehicle with very comfortable seats. Driving positions are many and easy to adjust. Visibility is excellent."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Sequoia)


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

What Owners Say

"I got a great deal on this SUV and it holds up amazing, it is very reliable, is awesome in all weather conditions and even off-road, and it is a great family SUV."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"just a high step fuel is losey"

DAVID J., AR (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"need better fuel mileage and more engine power. failure of rear hatch window and failure of engine emission costing $ was aware defects."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Dependable runs great pulls my boat without any problems"

BOB H., SC (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Being an older vehicle gas mileage stinks compared to s new model. Other than that, very happy with vehicle. Pull 10,000 lb. trailer quite often. No issues."

MAC S., DE (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Excellent value dependable no problems with the Toyota"

Bob H., SC (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Lasts for a long time."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Sequoia)

"Excellent value considering it still runs with over 300000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2005 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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