The current Sequoia has been in production for six years, and is soon due for a redesign. For 2006, it continues on with minor changes, such as standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels on the Limited model, and the addition of standard fabric bucket seats on Sport Package No. 2. There are also two new exterior colors: Salsa Red Pearl and Timberland Green Mica.
The Sequoia, Toyota's full-size SUV, offers plenty of features to keep Toyota loyalists interested. The sole powertrain is a 4.7L DOHC i-FORCE V-8 engine that makes 217 hp and 314 lb.-ft. of torque. The V-8 is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with shift logic that analyzes driver input and adjusts shift points accordingly. The Sequoia comes in two flavors: SR5 or Limited, with both available as either two- or four-wheel-drive models. The body-on-frame construction features fully boxed frame rails for strength and rigidity. The available hydraulic load-leveling rear suspension allows owners to load cargo and passengers while still keeping the vehicle level, a plus for fuel economy as well as on-road safety.
A three-row seating configuration in the Sequoia allows the second row to either split-fold 60/40 or 40/20/40, along with tumble and recline features. The rear seats feature a 50/50 split-fold arrangement, as well as "tumble forward and remove" capability for cargo- or passenger-carrying utility. Other standard interior amenities include an overhead storage console (for sunglasses and a garage door opener), an audio system with CD player, power driver- and front-passenger seats, power windows/door locks/mirrors, cruise control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
All Sequoias feature Toyota's Star Safety System, which includes myriad safety systems such as Vehicle Stability Control, an electronic system that helps to keep the vehicle on the driver's intended path during reduced traction situations or sudden driving maneuvers. Brake Assist, which is also part of the Star System, helps aid braking power if the driver does not apply enough braking pressure in an emergency braking situation.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Toyota Sequoia as it comes off the assembly line
Sequoia ranks highest in initial quality in the large multi-activity vehicle segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Sequoia performs well in the interior, audio/entertainment/navigation system, and engine/transmission categories. Sequoia performs better than segment average in the driving experience, interior, audio/entertainment/navigation system, exterior, and engine/transmission categories.
The Toyota Sequoia plays in the Large Utility segment, alongside the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe, where hauling people and cargo (often while towing) are commonplace.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Chevrolet Tahoe leads the segment with 152,305 units sold in calendar year 2005, followed by the Ford Expedition (114,137 units) and the Chevy Suburban (87,011). The Sequoia sold 45,904 units in 2005. The Nissan Armada and the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL are also in this segment.
|SR5 V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$32,820||273-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||15/18|
|Limited V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$41,855||273-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||15/18|