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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 (sec.) 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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.7-liter V8 (273 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Toyota Sequoia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Doors or sliding doors

“Body of both sides rusting through in front of wheel well beyond door”

Dave F., MI (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Tailgate latch handle broke”

Anonymous, AL (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The OEM handle to the tailgate is plastic, It's also really hard to get access to without specialized trim tools and expertise. Furthermore, there's no way to get into the back of the vehicle when the handle fails because there's no handle on the inside of the vehicle, nor a button to push to release the back door. You can let the window down, but there's no way to open the tailgate. The handle had been replaced by the dealer twice before I bought the vehicle, twice at the dealer after I bought”

Beverly B., OK (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Motor on hatch back door and windshield wiper on hatch back door no longer work. THis is 2nd time Ive had this problem, once when it was almost new and now that it is 11 years old”

Richard S., CA (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The tailgate latch has been on ongoing problem for years. The cable within the tailgate and other components has needed to be replaced at least three times over the life of the car. Currently, it is a bit balky, requiring the user to push firmly on the tailgate so that the latch will open”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Broken handle for the rear hatch lock release”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Tailgate switch went bad”

Austin O., NY (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Repeatedly repaired tailgate latch. Mx records show it was replaced twice by prior owner. I have replaced it 3 times. Finally went with all-metal aftermarket and seems to be working better. Google show systemic with this vehicle--should be recalled”

Beverly B., OK (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Tailgate latch failed. Had same problem multiple times with previous 2004 Sequoia too”

D B., WA (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Front passenger-side window is inoperable. Dealer said I need to replace the entire window to fix the broken plastic mechanism. $1,000+. No, thank you”

Steve C., TX (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rear window no longer raises”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Mirrors

“Driver side folding power mirror quit working. Wouldn't have bothered fixing it except it made annoying clicking noise when car started. Very expensive to replace”

Beverly B., OK (2006 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

“Will not power an iPhone charger”

Joel B., FL (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Blows a fuse”

Gregory G., MO (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Warning lights

“warning lights ok. a light is out telling me the car is in drive. too exp to repair”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

“Entire rear electrics stopped working including wiper, power window & license plate lights. Not the fuse, requires opening entire door and significant troubleshooting”

Surya F., UT (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“rear window wiper inoperative and washer system not functining”

Anonymous, SC (2006 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

Springs or torsion bars

“Toesion bar bracket on passenger side broke”

Jon L., MD (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“worn out needed replacing”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“original struts needed to be replaced”

James E., MA (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“wore out around 85 or 90 k. Mechanic said the factory put too small equipment as original (his opinion)”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Makes loud squiring sound as I go down the street”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The drive train has an expansion joint, called a Zurk (excuse the spelling) fitting that must be greased to avoid a jolt, like being hit in the rear end on occasion. I must remind the dealership to grease the Zurk fitting to avoid excessive jolting”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Air or water leaks

“Radiator began to leak”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“The rear tailgate lift leaked water after rains. It was fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 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

“Brakes were sticking and not fully releasing after letting off the brakes”

Kurt K., MN (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Active booster sensor malfunctioned. Causing booster to malfunction and not provide adequate brake assistance”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

“Told only one o-ring between brake fluid and diafram. Told these fail all the time. Told it a design flaw Toyota knows about. Loss of braking two times before diagnosed”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“We have to replace brakes and rotors on this 2006 Toyota Sequoia approximately every 40,000 miles”

Anonymous, NC (2006 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

Rust

“Rusted body had to be cut out and replaced”

Dave F., MI (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rust along bottom edges of rear doors on both sides and along wheel well side of door frames on both sides”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Some small spots are rusting on the doors”

Anonymous, MA (2006 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Had to replace 3 sensors”

Jon B., TX (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Fuel cap

“Worn seal, caused "Check Engine" light to illuminate”

Anonymous, AB (2006 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

Differential

“Rear axle seals. $900 fix”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Leaking water pump discovered during routine timing belt replacement”

D B., WA (2006 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Previous owner had a "short block" replaced under Toyota warranty. Re-assembly of the original heads was not done with proper valve parts or proper installation of those parts. To correct this poor work, I had both heads machined and proper NEW valve”

Michael Q., CO (2006 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

“wouldn't go into four wheel drive”

Shane H., NJ (2006 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

Speakers

“The front JBL speaker cones were falling apart. I was able buy an after market repair kit to replace cones”

Anonymous, TX (2006 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

Exhaust

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

Engine Minor

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

Climate System

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

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