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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 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
2010
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NA
2012
NA
2013
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NA
2015
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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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NA
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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

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.6-liter V8 (310 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 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

“Something in the drivers door hinge broke. Door latch and lock still worked”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)
Glass defects

“Headlight lamps cracked and clouded on inside of lens requiring entire assembly to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)
Mirrors

“Passenger side view mirror plastic anchors broke off from the power adjustable base”

Carl W., KY (2010 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The rear hatch/door is notorious for rusting and in spite of diligent effort and rustproofing the inside of the rear hatch, it continues to need body work done on it every year”

Paul N., VT (2010 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

“for the second time, the rear lift supports have failed. Dealer refused to cover under warranty due to mileage. Do they think that I am opening and closing the rear hatch as I drive on the highway? This is a defect”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)
Windows

“My driver side window does not go up like it used to. It gets caught on something and then goes back down. I have not had it looked at yet”

Tate S., CA (2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

Springs or torsion bars

“At 165,000 mikes the left front Spring rusted & broke. Had to change both front springs”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“Had to replace both front wheel bearing assemblies between 120,000 & 140,000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Alignment

“needs realignment every 1000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering joint was dry and needed lubrication. After numerous visits the problem was properly diagnosed and fixed”

- A., AZ (2010 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

Squeaking

“New brake pads squealed when applied backing up after installation”

Anonymous, LA (2010 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

“squeaking when braking”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

“squeaking is a common assurance specially when raining”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Sequoia Limited 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

“when travelling 70 mph there is wind noise throughout the front seat area”

Anonymous, OK (2010 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

“On the passenger side 2nd tier there is a flapping noise that cannot be identified when car is stopped or in shop”

Anonymous, OK (2010 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

4WD/AWD components

“Needed to replace gears required to engage 4wd”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 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

Headlights

“Somehow headlight shorted out inside headlight and smoked up the headlight, so had to replace entire unit”

Anonymous, WA (2010 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint on front bumper experienced severe chipping that required replacement”

Carl W., KY (2010 Toyota Sequoia Limited 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“This Sequoia is a family vehicle, never used it to tow ANYTHING. Had transmission failure at 88,000 miles”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Replaced the water pump which was due to the seal leaking. Would have replaced the seal ($35) instead of the whole water pump ($350) but the biggest cost was the labour to remove the pump which was $800. It was then that the technician showed me the corrosion on the radiator which we replaced as well. All in all, there weren't any other issues with this vehicle since we purchased it new”

Matt H., ON (2010 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

“ran out of gas on the freeway due to failed fuel sender unit. nearly caused accident”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 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

Electronic ignition

“There was some problem with the electronics that made the engine or 4wd not function normally. Some sensor had to be replaced”

Paul N., VT (2010 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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.

Engine Minor

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

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