Based on Toyota's Tundra pickup, the Sequoia's main attributes are an impressively smooth and punchy powertrain accompanied by a vast, interior, impressive towing and solid off-road capability. It rides better than the old Sequoia, but still feels truckish. Handling is clumsy too. Fuel economy is respectable for the class, but isn't great.
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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?
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

Based on Toyota's Tundra pickup, the Sequoia's main attributes are an impressively smooth and punchy powertrain accompanied by a vast, interior, impressive towing and solid off-road capability. It rides better than the old Sequoia, but still feels truckish. Handling is clumsy too. Fuel economy is respectable for the class, but isn't great.

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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.7-liter V8 (273 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Toyota Sequoia owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup camera does not work, dealership says it must be in the wiring as a camera worked. They insisted someone else must have interfered with the wiring, that they did not inspect it, could not tell me where, and would not repair"

Gary S., TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"could not repair. They thought they problem may have bbeen with an aftermarket radar, which was not wired in a way affecting the camera. The alarm only was wired to a separate fuse and with power to the battery. After market installer verified, but T"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Replaced the CD player, which has continued to malfunction"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Auxillary port quick working. About $200 to repair"

Kyle R., TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

"mp3 won't play using external plug"

House D., TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)

"The plugs for external connect have worn out. Replacements don't seem to last long. Replaced all the recharging plugs are loose"

Ronald S., TN (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"In-dash navigation system does not re-calibrate and the components are from a supplier no longer in business making the unit obsolete for repair. Only a new unit can replace at a high dollar price"

Steven A., CA (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

"low volume & hard to understand blue tooth voice and radio from drivers side door speaker"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"Car brakes were installed on a Sequoia, which is built on the Tundra chassis. It needs truck brakes"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"4-sets of brakes --rotors keeping wearing out"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Waited too long to replace. Rotors were worn thin. $350 to repair"

Kyle R., TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"When you step on the brakes, they squeal"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Sequoia Unsure 5.7-L V8)

"Rotors had cracks in them"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"bRAKE SHOES WERE LOW BUT STILL HAD LINING"

J K., FL (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)

"We bought the car with 110,00 miles on it and the brakes have never been changed"

Ronald S., TN (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"leaking coolant"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)
Water pump

"(May have reported this last year) Water pump seal failed; apparently a common problem. Not an easy fix; $900 to repair. I'm fairly competent mechanic, and I was not comfortable doing the job"

Steven M., FL (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Began to leak slightly so I replaced it"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Required new water pump when purchased at about 112000 miles. No other major mechanical problems"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Cost to repair was over $1000"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering line started leaking and cost us a whopping $1200 at dealer to fix just one small stainless steel line"

Dwayne S., AB (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering linkage was replaced"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Spring was snapped on one side of the truck's rear suspension and caused the car to be a serious safety risk that needed immediate fixing"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"The right front bearing went out. I had right front bearing and assembly replaced at the dealership at a cost of $1000"

Luis C., TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-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

Windows

"Tailgatewindow mechanism completely rusted out leaving the window partly open. Required a tear down of the rear hatch to replace the track. Also rust around the outside of the window in the tailgate itself"

Donald M., NY (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Power rear window failed. Had to replace the mechanism"

Donald M., NY (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)
Glass defects

"cracks in both upper corners"

House D., TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-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

"Windshield wiper was thrown off as windshield wiper was working leaving a total loss of visibility on the left in a rainstorm"

Gary S., TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

"rear hatch keyless entry failure, due to corroded components in hatch according to dealer"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

"fix go on -- prematurely"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-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

"The door behind the driver makes a very loud, squeaking, noise when opened"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

"wind noise going 63mph or greater and don't now where it is coming from, but will seek resolution when going into Toyota for regular service next week"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"For the 3rd time since we purchased this vehicle (2008 Toyota Sequoia) in 2010, we had to have the battery replaced, the battery terminals cleaned, and the cables replaced. All 3 times we've had the battery for shorter than the warrantied life of it, and the cables were almost not connected to the terminals because of the corrosion. We've had 3 different batteries installed by 3 different companies (AAA, dealer, private mechanic) and we keep having the same problem. Makes me think it's Toyota fa"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)
Starter

"Apparently a common problem in the 5.7. A real pain to fix, but a friend and I did it in 4 hrs in my driveway. Exhaust manifold must be removed! Flat rate manual called for a lot more time for some reason"

Steven M., FL (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-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 gauge/sender

"Fuel sending unit stuck, resulting in improper fuel tank reading allowing vehicle to run out of fuel"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Torque converter check valve was leaking where the fluid goes to the transmission cooler"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-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

Transfer case

"Truck stopped shifting into four wheel drive. Thought it was a simple bearing or shifting linkage problem but we needed to replace th whole transfer case at a tune of $4500. We rarely use this truck off road. And only in four wheel drive during winter. Very major part to break that just shouldn't fail"

Dwayne S., AB (2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

"Wheels. The paint on the alloy wheels is rusting right off. Very poor quality wheel preparation"

Donald M., NY (2008 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Exhaust leak at the manifold"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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