Introduced for the 2001 model year, the Toyota Sequoia is the largest sport utility vehicle in the Toyota lineup with underpinnings shared with the Toyota Tundra pickup truck. The Sequoia was the first full-sized SUV to be introduced into the American market by a Japanese automaker and is built in Princeton, Indiana. The Sequoia has two generations of design, with the second generation being introduced in the 2008 model year.
The Sequoia was introduced just after the newly-redesigned pickup it shares components with. Both two-wheel (rear-drive) and four-wheel drive options were sold and a large 4.7-liter V8 engine powered the first-generation Sequoia. This engine saw some design improvements in 2005.
The second-generation Sequoia was introduced in 2008 with a completely revamped frame and chassis design. Suspension improvements upgraded the ride quality and better turning radius as well as flat-folding rear seats for better cargo versatility. The new body design was more truck-like, but sophisticated. Engine options include the 4.7L from the original, a new 5.7-liter V8, and soon a 4.6-liter to replace the 4.7.
In most crash testing, the Toyota Sequoia has done well and comes standard in both generations with a goodly array of safety features. The Sequoia competes with the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Honda Pilot. In price point and capability, it slots just underneath the more premium Land Cruiser and above the smaller 4Runner.
The majority of complaints against the Sequoia are for the first model year, 2001, which at high mileage can often have transmission failure requiring serious repair or replacement. Other complaints in the first-generation are for warning lights that illuminate without engine codes to match. The Sequoia enjoys a good reputation for reliability from the 2006 model years forward.
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2018 Toyota Sequoia
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia continues a ten year legacy for this generation of the Sequoia SUV. That lack of change has affected the Sequoia's appeal, but there have been substantial changes made to the SUV since its inception. Most of those upgrades keep the Sequoia within shouting distance of the other SUV options on the market.
The Toyota Sequoia is a traditional body-on-frame-style sport utility with much of the capability and ruggedness of a pickup truck along with some of the downsides of the same. That said, the Sequoia is more comfortable than most truck-based SUVs and it offers a better highway ride than many.
For the 2018 model year, Toyota added a new TRD Sport trim level for the Sequoia as well as several standard safety features and LED headlamps. Restyling of the front fascia and the driver's instrument cluster also mark the 2018 model year for the Sequoia.
The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is a three-row traditional SUV offered in four trim points. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. Seating for eight is standard while second-row captain's chairs are offered in some trim levels, reducing seating for seven.