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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 7 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
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 2007 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

Locks and latches

“See previous description of tailgate latch problem”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Tailgate latch handle broke rendering the tailgate inoperable and unable to open”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Tailgate latch broke. Tailgate window still functioned so could still get items in/out but with difficulty. Cost to repair $516.00”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Mirrors

“driver auto mirror failed”

John S., GA (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The handle on the lift gate is cheap plastic and keeps breaking”

Jeffrey S., TX (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Plastic part in tailgate latch broke;could only be opened from outside (no inside release) by manipulation with bent rod or pick. Repair cost almost $300. Internet search indicates this is apparently a common problem with pre-'08 Sequoias”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I had two failures - first the tailgate latch handle broke - it is a plastic piece - research online indicated frequent failures of this - repair at Toyota was expensive - $300-400, with part being over $100 - available online for under $20. Then th”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The rear door hatch lock handle broke off, but was replaced by dealership. They stated that they had lots of problems with the rear door hatch lock handles breaking off. It is made of a plastic part and should be sent back to R&D to consider making”

Teresa B., TX (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Seat belts

“The front seat belts never retract completely or correctly. The driver's side always gets caught in the door because it doesn't retract. The passenger one rattles around because it doesn't retract completely when someone gets out of that seat. Very annoying”

Anonymous, TX (2007 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

Ball joints

“In fall noticed squeaking when hitting bumps, brought to Toyota - they first did not think that this was problem - steering rack and tie rods - which they replaced - after this agreed lower balls joints were done $1500 bill”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Lower ball joint broke”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Power steering leaks

“power steering rack required replacement”

Anonymous, AB (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“Dealer missed diagnosing suspension problem causing tire 'cupping'. Dealer insisted on aligning car twice. Specialty suspension & alignment shop discovered the 'real' problem & corrected it by replacing leaking struts on the front & worn out shocks o”

William H., AZ (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Failure of air bag and struts needed replacement”

Leonard F., YT (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“This item was replaced under warrenty”

Jeffrey S., TX (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

“Tires began 'cupping'. Toyota dealer insisted it was an alignment problem. Did alignment twice to no avail. Tire dealer recommended taking it to a specialty suspension shop which we did & problem is corrected $1800 later”

William H., AZ (2007 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

Squeaking

“Road trash caught in brakes.......removed by mechanic and cleaned discs”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“normal wear”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“squeaking noise on braking and some pulsating”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“The car is very heavy. I think the brakes need to be bigger for a car this size”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“normal wear”

Anonymous, MN (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

“pulsating and brake issues indicated a need for new rotors”

Anonymous, TX (2007 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Lift gate sealant failure summer of 2014 while on vacation; it let lots of water into the very rear, soaked carpet and under padding. I pulled the large seal off myself, cleaned it and resealed with liberal amount of Permatex.. Other problem since ne”

Robert F., DE (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The weather-stripping and seals are hardening and dis-colored. Some appear to retract/shrink in place”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

“It's a tapping type noise, like bugs hitting the windshield, over towards the passenger side. I think it's caused by a poor dash-firewall mount & it's annoying. Been going on since purchased new”

Robert F., DE (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“There is a rattle in the rear and I cannot locate the source. Quite annoying!”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

“usb charger blew the fuse even without excess load”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Warning lights

“Water leaked from bottom of windshield into fusebox behind firewall causing shorts in fusebox rendering door windows unUSble and many indicator lights to come on blinking or constantly illuminating”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

“Rear window washer stopped working. Motor tested ok with external power source but would not work with truck supplied power”

Anonymous, GA (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rear door window defogger does not work. Rear door window wiper motor and washer does not work”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 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

Automatic climate control

“control panel went bad”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“Refrigerant leak for rear A/C. Too costly to fix. Had it blocked off so front A/C would still work”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 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

Driveshaft or axle

“When between 50-60 mph, severe vibration occurs. Had the axle worked on, but the issue almost immediately came back. About to take it back in to be looked at again”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

“The tie rod ends wore out close to falling out and had to be replaced. It was found when getting an front end alianment”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Pipes

“Load noise replaced an otherwise quiet exhaust. $1,600.00 later I had my quiet exhaust back”

Anonymous, NB (2007 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

Fuel injection system

“Air induction valve required replacement”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Rear Main Oil seal leaked and was replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2007 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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.

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

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