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2009 Toyota Sequoia SUV - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • E85 flex-fuel capability for 5.7-liter V-8 4WD in most states

  • Optional Sport Appearance package
Overview
Toyota launched its full-size SUV for the 2001 model year. For 2008, the automaker rolled out its all-new second-generation Sequoia, which Toyota says was developed with an eye on both rising gasoline prices and environmental awareness. Except for flex-fuel capability (to operate on E85 ethanol) when equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine and four-wheel-drive (4WD) powertrain and a new optional Sport Appearance package, the Sequoia is unchanged for the 2009 model year. The new E85 fuel system cannot be used in California or other states that use that state's emission regulations. All 2009 Toyota Sequoias carry a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Toyota Sequoia is available with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD) and in SR5, Limited and Platinum trim levels. Each version offers 120.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity behind the front seats (when the Sequoia is equipped with a sunroof, capacity is 120.1 cubic feet). Regardless of whether the sunroof is ordered, the Sequoia offers 66.6 cubic feet of room behind the second row (with the third row folded) and 18.9 cubic feet behind the upright third row.

The SR5 model comes with tri-zone climate controls; power windows (including the rear window); cruise control; tilt and telescoping steering column; 8-way manually adjusted driver's seat; fabric upholstery; 8 cupholders and 8 additional bottle holders; dual glove box; and a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area. The SR5 includes an AM/FM audio system with a single CD player.

Limited models get leather seating surfaces with heated front seats with 10-way power adjustment on the driver's side. The Limited adds Bluetooth connectivity; audio and climate controls on the steering wheel; an electrochromic inside rearview mirror; Optitron gauges; two overhead storage consoles (eliminated with the sunroof); heated exterior mirrors; front and rear parking sonar; fog lamps; running boards; and a roof rack. The Limited comes with a JBL Premium audio system with 6-disc CD changer and 14 speakers.

The Platinum version adds a power rear hatch door; headlamp cleaners; heated second-row bucket seats; heated and air conditioned ventilated front seats; navigation system with backup camera; power sunroof; and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column. The Platinum features a 4-CD JBL audio system as well as Toyota's Electronic Modulate Suspension (H-TEMS) adjustable suspension system.

Powertrain
The 2009 Toyota Sequoia continues to employ a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 276 hp and 314 lb.-ft. of torque as its base powertrain. The engine links to a 5-speed automatic transmission and is rated at 14 mpg city/17 mpg highway with RWD and at 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway with 4WD.

New for 2008 was a 5.7-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 381 hp and provides 401 lb.-ft. of torque. The RWD model with the 5.7-liter engine can tow up to 10,000 pounds. The larger and more powerful engine is linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission that enhances fuel efficiency to the point that the larger engine is rated at 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway with RWD and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway with 4WD.

Both engines have ULEV II (ultra-low-emission) ratings and run on 89-octane unleaded gasoline. All new Sequoias are equipped with 26.4-gallon fuel tanks and, according to EPA figures, can travel as many as 500 miles between fill-ups. Furthermore, the larger V-8 offers E85 flex-fuel technology in most states.

Safety
All 2009 Toyota Sequoias are equipped with front, side and curtain air bags as well as Toyota's STAR safety system that includes vehicle stability control, traction control, limited-slip differential, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and electronic brake-force distribution. They also have daytime running lights, direct tire-pressure-monitoring systems and anti-theft and engine immobilizer systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2009 Toyota Sequoia at 5 stars (the administration's best rating) for frontal crash protection of the driver and at 4 stars for frontal protection of the front-seat occupant. The NHTSA did not test side-impact protection but rates the Sequoia at 4 stars for resistance to rolling over regardless of drivetrain choice. As of this writing, the 2009 Sequoia has not been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
In addition to its standard 4-wheel independent suspension system, the 2009 Toyota Sequoia can be equipped with an air suspension system the manufacturer calls Active Variable Suspension (AVS) with settings for comfort, normal and sport modes. Toyota says this air-based suspension improves ride comfort and augments towing and heavy-load hauling.

Available Trims for the 2009 Toyota Sequoia SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
SR5 5.7L V8 w/FFV (A6) (2009 $ Never Released) 6 speed automatic $0 381-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 13/18
Limited 5.7L V8 w/FFV (A6) (2009 $ Never Released) 6 speed automatic $0 381-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 13/18
Platinum 5.7L V8 w/FFV (A6) (2009 $ Never Released) 6 speed automatic $0 381-hp / 5.7L 8-cyl 13/18
SR5 4.7L V8 (A5) (2009 $ Never Released) 5 speed automatic $34,150 276-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl 14/17

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