Front-seat-mounted side air bags and two-row side curtain air bags, which were optional on the 2006 Sequoia, are standard on the 2007 model. The entry-level SR5 model gets a color-keyed grille insert, while the top-of-the-lime Limited gets chrome mirrors. A redesigned Sequoia, based on the new-for-2007 Toyota Tundra pickup, is expected to debut as a 2008 model.
The Sequoia is the largest of Toyota's sport utility vehicles (SUVs), though not the most expensive (that distinction goes to the slightly-smaller, but more upscale, Land Cruiser). Based on the Tundra pickup, the Sequoia first went on sale in 2000 (as a 2001 model) exclusively in North America. The Sequoia's powertrain-a 273-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 engine coupeed to a 5-speed automatic transmission-is shared with the Tundra. The Sequoia is available in rear- or four-wheel drive-the latter with a low-range transfer case and lockable center differential-and can tow up to 6,500 pounds. The Sequoia comes with standard seating for 8; optional second-row captain's chairs make it a 7-seater. The Sequoia is comparable in size to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition; Toyota claims the Sequoia has more rear cargo capacity than either of those competitors. The Sequoia is built in the United States at Toyota's Princeton, Indiana plant, which also builds the Tundra pickup and Sienna minivan.
The Sequoia is available in SR5 and Limited trim levels. All are equipped with anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, front-seat-mounted side air bags and two-row side curtain air bags, as well as power windows, locks and mirrors, a power-operated lowering rear window, a rear wiper, and cruise control. The Limited model adds leather seats, heated front seats, a power sunroof, remote keyless entry, a premium stereo with steering-wheel controls, unique wheels, and additional body trim. Options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a GPS-linked touch-screen navigation system.
The Toyota Sequoia competes in the Large Utility segment, which consists of eight models. Buyers in this segment look for comfort, performance, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study. SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevy Tahoe (161,491 units sold), Ford Expedition (78,953), and Chevrolet Suburban (77,211). The Toyota Sequoia sold 34,315 units in 2006, a decrease of 25.2 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Utility segment include the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Nissan Armada. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Ford Expedition EL.
|SR5 V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$33,160||273-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||15/18|
|Limited V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$42,205||273-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||15/18|