• Nov 14, 2007
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Toyota rolled out the 2008 Sequoia today and as expected, it is essentially a Tundra in SUV form. The Sequoia's front end and interior take design cues straight from its pickup truck brethren. The new model will also get the option of the 381 HP 5.7L V8 engine mated to a six-speed transmission. While on the surface the new Sequoia is based off of the Tundra, it is also designed with an active family lifestyle in mind. The addition of independent front and rear suspensions offer a more comfortable ride for lengthy trips along with increased handling and stability. It is also rather capable of clambering over rough terrain as was demonstrated live on stage. The rear seats and the third row are more adjustable for better storage, access and comfort, as well. Toyota also threw in more electronic gadgets to keep up with consumer demands. A JBL synthesis 14-speaker sound system is available complete with Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 player ports, XM satellite radio and a rear DVD player.

Follow the jump for the complete release from the Toyota camp. Also check out our hi-res images from the live unveiling along with Toyota's own photography in the gallery below.



PRESS RELEASE:

TOYOTA UNVEILS ALL-NEW 2008 SEQUOIA AT 2007 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW


LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 14, 2007 - - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A, Inc., unveiled the second-generation Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle at a press conference today at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sequoia is completely new for 2008, with a new body, a new interior, a new chassis, an available new 5.7L V8 engine/six-speed transmission combination and an increased focus on efficiency, performance and driver/passenger comfort.

Since the Sequoia was introduced in 2000, the world has changed. With both gasoline prices and environmental concerns on the rise, Toyota's engineers and designers have taken steps to increase not just the 2008 Sequoia's performance and comfort, but also its efficiency and environmental awareness.

To that end, the Sequoia is equipped with an available powerful new 5.7L V8 engine that generates excellent fuel efficiency and very low emissions.

An all-new platform now provides exterior dimensions that are competitive with other vehicles in the Sequoia's class. Inside, highly efficient packaging gives the new Sequoia a very roomy cabin and a capacious luggage space.

In his efforts to be sure he got the 2008 Sequoia right, Chief Engineer Motoharu Araya immersed himself in American culture for two-and-a-half years as he began his design brief for the Sequoia. He even went so far as to live for a time with an American family that owned a fullsize SUV so that he could better understand the way SUV users relate to their vehicles. He also used the Internet to circulate a questionnaire so that he could acquire detailed information about how Americans use their SUVs and what their preferences are, right down to the side of the vehicle on which drivers prefer their fuel fillers to be located. The result is a class-leading vehicle with the efficiency, performance, comfort and convenience that SUV buyers want.

Engines and Transmissions
An available new DOHC 5.7L V8 engine enables the 2008 Sequoia to provide acceleration performance that is among the leaders in its class, especially while towing. Sequoia engineers developed the new engine to produce 381 hp, one of the highest outputs in this vehicle class. This engine, which is ULEV-II compliant, uses four valves per cylinder and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to produce 401 lb-ft of torque.

Dual VVT-i continually alters the phase of each camshaft by operating the oil-control valve and controlling oil pressure on the advance/retard chamber of the VVT-i cam pulley through signals from the engine control computer. It produces optimized valve timing, contributing to higher output and increased efficiency.

Compact pentroof combustion chambers and high-strength pistons that are resin-coated to reduce friction, low-tension piston rings and a low-friction valve train that uses roller rocker arms also are important features of this engine, as is an Acoustic Control Induction System that changes the length of the intake manifold runners based on engine speed and throttle opening. The exhaust system, constructed of stainless steel, uses a valve in the main muffler to alter exhaust flow, reduce exhaust noise and improve performance. It also employs four catalytic converters – two for cold starts and two main.

As a result, the 2008 Sequoia provides the acceleration desired by users and an available towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. In addition to the available 5.7L V8 engine, the 4.7L iForce V8 continues to be offered as standard.
A smooth-shifting electronically controlled five-speed automatic ECT (Electronically Controlled Transmission) is mated to the standard 4.7L V8, while a new six-speed ECT automatic is part of the powertrain package when the available 5.7L V8 is selected.

This transmission benefits from hydraulic pressures that are very carefully controlled for smoother shifts, and from highly accurate gear-tooth surfaces that help ensure low noise levels. A Tow/Haul mode that extends use of the lower gear ratios also is part of this transmission's package.

Both transmissions are controlled by floor-mounted shifters and are equipped with torque converters that use Toyota's flexible lock-up control for enhanced fuel efficiency, and both transmissions can be shifted sequentially.
Additionally, the six-speed transmission's torque converter will lock up in fourth and fifth gear, as well as in sixth gear.

On four-wheel-drive models, a two-speed transfer case that contains a lockable Torsen limited-slip differential is used to transmit power to both the front and rear wheels. Interestingly, this transfer case, with its 1:1 high-range gear ratio and its 2.618:1 low-range gear ratio, uses a durable six-gear planetary ring instead of the more usual four-gear ring. The transfer case is shifted electronically via a rotary knob within easy reach of the driver, and it locks with the push of a button. High-capacity universal joints are used in the drive line to accommodate the available power of the engines.

The front and rear differentials are larger for added strength and measure 8.7 inches in diameter (front) and 10.0 inches (rear). The standard differential ratio is 3.909:1, with an optional 4.3:1 ratio available as part of Sequoia's towing package.

Chassis and Suspension
To improve ride comfort and overall vehicle dynamics, the 2008 Sequoia was given an all-new platform that features independent suspension at both front and rear. This new suspension not only provides unparalleled ride, handling and straight-line stability, but it also equips Sequoia with an available towing capacity of 10,000 lbs which puts Sequoia among the leaders in its class.

To provide a vehicle that will not fatigue its driver or passengers even on very long trips, Sequoia engineers focused on improved ride comfort and quietness, and on enhanced straight-line stability.

The new independent suspension employs upper and lower A-arms at each wheel, tubular shock absorbers, coil springs and a hollow tubular antiroll bar. It provides not only improved chassis dynamics thanks to reduced unsprung weight, but also a turning radius of about 19 feet, the tightest in Sequoia's class. Additionally, increased suspension travel and a newly developed upper front shock-absorber support and lower bushing help enhance ride quality.

An available air suspension package and Active Variable Suspension (AVS), with settings for comfort, normal and sport, improves the ride comfort and augments the Sequoia's ability to tow and haul heavy loads while maintaining an appropriate ride height and chassis attitude.

Larger tires and wheels were adopted to complete the chassis equation. Standard are 275/65R18 tires and 18-inch aluminum wheels, while 275/55R20 tires and specially designed 20-inch aluminum wheels are available.

Inside those wheels, Sequoia uses 13.9-inch ventilated disc brakes up front and 13.6-inch ventilated disc brakes at the rear. To improve braking performance and fade resistance, calipers with four opposed pistons – two per side – are used for the front brakes. The Anti-lock Braking System is equipped with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and Brake Assist.

Design and Styling
Working from a design theme articulated as "Rugged and Advanced," engineers gave the 2008 Sequoia a new, larger body size and a tough new look.
Sequoia's overall length, width and height are increased, its wheelbase lengthened and its front and rear track is widened. Front and rear overhang, meanwhile, is reduced.

Larger headlamps, with available headlamp washers, were adopted, as were large side-view mirrors that are available with power retraction, automatic glare-resistance, puddle lamps, turn-signal lamps, position memory and reverse-linked tilt functions.
This new design achieves a drag coefficient of 0.35, which means the vehicle offers exceptional aerodynamic characteristics and low wind-noise. The vehicle's mirrors, wipers, A-pillar and roof header are shaped to maximize aerodynamic efficiency and minimize wind noise.

The Sequoia's underside, meanwhile, also is optimized to reduce drag and wind noise, and to help improve directional stability.

Interior and Comfort
A primary design goal was to ensure that the 2008 Sequoia is useful and user-friendly and its driver and passengers, regardless of size and build, have sufficient space to ride in comfort. To that end, the Sequoia's cabin interior is longer, wider and taller than the previous Sequoia. Indeed, space sufficient to comfortably accommodate people well above normal height is available in each of Sequoia's eight seats.

Additionally, the second-row seat is equipped with a sliding-type seat adjuster that allows the seat to be adjusted for added comfort when the number of passengers is limited. For the third-row seat, an advanced seat-cushion linkage reclining mechanism is adopted that elevates rear passenger comfort to new levels.

Designers took special care to create comfortable, spacious seats in all positions. To help achieve this goal, a new seat framework, with increased seat width, was adopted. The driver's seat is standard-equipped with power lumbar support, and available as an option on the front passenger seat. Seat heaters are available for the driver seat and front passenger seat.

The second-row seats are split 40:20:40, and separate captain's seats are available. The second-row seat is equipped with a seat-slide mechanism that offers an adjustment range of 5.9 inches.

This seat can also be folded down flat and uses an easy-slide action to allow passenger access to the third-row seat. A seat heater is standard with the Platinum grade, and child-seat restraints for the second row are standard on all grades.
The third-row seat is split 60:40, and it also has a seatback reclining mechanism. It too can be easily folded flat.

The interior surrounding these seats is a model of comfort, safety and efficiency and is filled with thoughtful details. For example, the rear-view mirror incorporates an automatic electrochromic function, and also incorporates a compass, a map lamp and garage-door-opener functions. Other thoughtful features include automatic up-and-down and jam protection for the front power windows, a back-door power window with automatic up-and-down, jam protection, and an available power back door equipped with an easy-closer and remote-control functions. An illuminated entry system is standard.

For the dash, designers incorporated a modular instrument panel structure and they endowed it, and other interior surfaces, with a finish and feel worthy of comparison with similar surfaces in the finest luxury cars. Rings around Sequoia's Optitron gauges, and the climate control knobs, are chrome colored, and panels on the dash are silver metallic.

A newly designed four-spoke steering wheel contains controls for the Sequoia's air conditioning system, Bluetooth®-capable phones and other functions. It is connected to a newly developed steering column with a floating intermediate shaft that helps enhance steering feel and minimize noise and vibration. This steering column offers both tilt and telescopic functions, and a powered memory feature is available.

The 2008 Sequoia offers automatic air-conditioning with solar sensors and automatic left and right independent temperature controls. Rear air conditioning also is part of the package. This three-zone system uses a newly developed multi-layer filter to ensure that air brought into the passenger cabin is as free from dust, pollen and other contaminants as possible.

To help keep driver and passengers entertained, the Sequoia's audio system is improved and speaker placement is optimized. An AM/FM/CD sound system with eight speakers is standard for SR5. Also available is a 660-watt JBL Synthesis 14-speaker system. The JBL systems are Bluetooth-compatible and are capable of receiving XM Satellite radio with the appropriately installed equipment and service subscription. Both are equipped with MP3 ports. A new-generation navigation system with a new menu screen and an improved seven-inch display is available for 2008.

To enhance the travel experience for passengers in the second- and third-row seats, a Rear Seat Entertainment system with a DVD player and nine-inch display is available.

The same efficient packaging that allows class-leading interior comfort, allows hauling pieces up to 11 feet in length.

Throughout, there are eight extra-large cup holders and eight bottle holders, and designers also took steps to enhance Sequoia's availability of storage spaces. For instance, the glove box now measures 9.5 liters, and the second-row console box will hold 12 CDs or four DVD cases.

For the seating surfaces, both leather and an easy-to-clean fabric are available. Three interior colors are available, one of which is new. The new one is Red Rock/Black, available only in the Platinum grade, while the others are Gray and Sand Beige.

Safety
The 2008 Sequoia employs active and passive safety features to help provide protection for vehicle occupants. Sequoia is equipped with Toyota's STAR Safety System, which includes VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), and TRAC (Traction Control) (2WD models) or A-TRAC (Active-Traction Control) (4WD models), ABS (antilock braking) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and Brake Assist.
Sequoia's collision safety performance is enhanced by driver and passenger seat-mounted side- and side- curtain airbags that are included as standard equipment; and roll-sensing side curtain airbags that extend from the front seat to the third-row seat.

Standard Features and Options
The 2008 Sequoia is available in three grades – SR5, Limited and Platinum.
The list of standard items on the SR5 and Limited grades, includes the 276 hp 4.7L V8 engine and automatic transmission, Toyota's STAR Safety System, Electronic Brake Distribution with Brake Assist, side curtain airbag with rollover sensor, engine immobilizer with alarm, direct tire pressure monitoring system, seating for eight passengers, eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, four-way manually adjustable front passenger's seat, fold-flat feature for second- and third-row seats, auto tri-zone air conditioning, power windows, locks, back window, keyless entry, AM/FM/CD eight-speaker audio system with a mini-plug for iPod compatibility, rear wiper and defogger, tilt/telescope steering wheel, cruise control, spare tire and mud guards.

To that, the Limited grade adds front and rear parking sonar, fog lamps, heated leather-trimmed seats, 10-way-adjustable driver's seat, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift knob, Optitron gauges, multi-information display, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, roof rack, running boards and JBL Synthesis audio system with Bluetooth capability.

The Platinum grade includes all of the above, and also adds the 5.7L V8 engine and six-speed transmission, 20-inch diamond cut-finish alloy wheels, rear load-leveling air suspension, power seat memory package, heated and air-conditioned front seats (driver and first-row passenger), second-row heated seats, rear spoiler, power back door, sunroof, headlamp cleaner, and navigation system with a backup camera.

A wide range of options is available on the SR5 and Limited Grades, including the 5.7L V8 engine and six-speed transmission, four-wheel drive, a towing package, rear-seat entertainment system, heated leather-trimmed seat packages, load-leveling rear air suspension, sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, power back door, and more. Laser cruise control is an option exclusive to the Platinum grade.

Interesting Details
The Sequoia's designers and engineers went to extraordinary lengths to make sure the vehicle is as comfortable to ride in and convenient to use as possible. As an example of the conveniences they specified, an available electrically driven full-flat tilting mechanism was developed for the third-row seat. When the seat is folded into its flat position, large baggage or cargo can be loaded without removing the seat.

Every small detail was carefully planned in the effort to ensure concerns of quality were attended to. For instance, engineers worked to improve the operational feel of the Sequoia's switches. They specified large door handles that would be easy to use, and located the handles at an optimum height.

Closing the back door requires less force than was required on previous models, and the back-door glass can be opened and closed for easy loading or ventilation with the turn of a key. Also included are handy hooks in the cargo section from which to hang grocery bags.

The rear door opening angle is 10 degrees wider than the previous model, providing easier passenger ingress/egress and child seat installation.

An intuitive parking assist system is optionally available. This uses sensors and an audible warning to alert the driver of the position of solid objects, and their distance from the vehicle.

As a final interesting touch, the Sequoia's towing hitch is integrated into the frame as a single unit.

Warranty
Toyota's 36-month/36,000 mile new-vehicle limited warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60 months/60,000 miles and corrosion perforation for 60 months with no mileage limitations.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      So let me ponder.
      The sequoiais largely based on the Tundra.
      On the Tundra blogs the new owners are complaining about an awful lot of quality issues. Some that come to mind are the dashboard complaints, rattles, squeaks, cheap controls that are hard to reach, malfuntioning radios, and the dealers inability to repair the rattles.
      On the outside is the tailgate issue and the overbouncing bed. You know, the one shown on Autoblog.
      Mechanically is the issue of the torque converter problems, the camshaft problems on the early editions and the complaints of the truck shaking at highway speed. Then of course is the lousy economy on the 5.7.
      The frame issue preys on my mind as a soon to be a very, very big problem.
      Now enter in the "shame". Yes, Toyota recalled (sic) the bigshots from NA and were told that the Tundra has brought "shame" upon the Toyota name. I wonder if they were then told to place their genitals on the board table and were smashed with a ball pean hammer?
      Why can't Toyota match GM's warranty?
      Anyone have any clear answers as to why three of Toyota's top NA execs jumped ship lately?
      Or can anyone explain why it took a class action lawsuit for Toyota to take responsibilty for the infamous sludge issue (of which they still blame the owners)?
      If I sound like a basher than let it be so. I never fell for the bs about Toyota being the all knowing all great cars of cars. And remember, the Sequoia is based on the Tundra.
      I'll be the first to admit that domestics failed in the past on quality, though I can honestly say I have never had a major issue with domestics in my 40+ years of driving save one. I blew the engine on a 71 Dart trying to get those darned bright flashing lights on a police cruiser out of my eyes.
      But Toyota has succeeded in pissing off the General and he's back with a vengence. Funny how Ford and the general have matched or exceeded Toyota in initial quality and long term quality and yet the fanboys still can't come to grips with it.
      One last note, my son and I visit a local Chicago auto recycler. We're in the process of rebuilding a 71 Mustang, a 75 Eldorado and a 68 El camino. In his yard (one of the largest if not the largest) are two sections. One for domestics, and one for imports. Both yards hold roughly the same amount of cars. The vast majority of these cars are cars that just died. The owner of the yard told us that the average age and mileage of domestics vs. imports is exactly the same. Hmmmmmm!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think the new Sequoia is going to be a strong winner for several reasons. I make these comments as a long standing owner of Suburbans. I've had 4 of them and currently own a Denali XL which has been remarkably reliable not just for being a GM but for any manufacturer. I currently have 110,000 miles. Repairs include fuel pump, load leveler air pump, headlight controller and rear brake calipers which seems rather normal for a vehicle with this many miles that has done a fair amount of towing. Its been a reliable vehicle however unfortunately GM did not listen to me and other Sub owners when they surveyed us.

        Unfortunately the recent refresh of the Denali XL was more about fluff than substance. They reduced the towing capacity by 600lbs compared to the 2001 launch (8400lbs). They did nothing about the 3rd row seat and overall made the leg room for both the second and 3rd row even smaller than they already were. The 3rd row seat weighs a "ton" and has to be man-handled to get it out of the vehicle. Instead they invested their limited R&D $ in those dumb electric fold forward seats that don't fold flat, essentially wasting one of the main reasons people buy Suburbans....maximum flat floor space combined with towing capability and 7-8 passengers capacity.

        Now for comparisons:
        - New Sequoia has 10,000lb towing capacity vs 7800lbs Denali XL
        - New Sequoia fold flat 3rd row seat vs back-breaking 3rd row seat that requires removal from Denali XL
        - New Sequoia fold flat 2nd row seat vs electric flip forward, no flat fold 2nd row seat Denali XL
        - New Sequoia max cargo 120 cubes vs Denali XL max cargo 137 cubes (requires removing 3rd row seat from vehicle and you still can't lay a large flat object on the floor from the front seats to the rear)
        - MPGs a wash
        - Engine Power a wash
        - 6sp trans a wash
        - Aesthetics...to each his own
        - Luxury features pretty much a wash however the Sequoia has BT tech that GM refuses to put in their vehicles because it'll compete with the minimal revenue they get from On-Star
        - Cost Denali XL MSRP $51K vs Sequoia ?

        Since GM is going to have to redesign the rear axle (ie IRS) if they want to address the seating situation, I think GM will be in trouble for many years to come as people start to compare features of the Sequoia with the Yukons, Tahoes, Suburbans and Escalades. To be honest I would prefer to buy the GM product after many years of positive experiences. Unfortunately they've spent more time focused on their Union negotiations than on listening to customers and designing better products. Next year I anticipate will be a very poor year for GM with the likelihood of recovery being remote. They need the profit from their large SUVs and unfortunately its going to take a walk to Toyota.

        Hybrids are a good thing, except for this class of vehicles if it means giving up tow capacity or storage you might as well forget about it. The new Hybrid Tahoes have been reduced to a 6000# tow capacity because of weight and complexity issues. You might as well get a Pathfinder or 4Runner since they have higher tow capacities.

        For the guy that doesn't care about tow capacity combined with a large interior, they probably should have been in a different vehicle to start with.

        My $.02
        • 7 Years Ago
        Heatwave, a few issues with your comment.
        "They reduced the towing capacity by 600lbs compared to the 2001 launch (8400lbs)". Suburban tow capacity is 9700. (cheaper than the Denali XL)
        Let's dig into this issue of towing a little further. One thing I've learned about towing heavy or large trailers is that one of the single most important safety concerns on a tow vehicle is wheelbase. I think we can all agree that the Sequoia, Suburban, Tahoe and GMC likes have more than enouph power and torque to adequatley do the job. However, the Tahoe/Yukon wheelbase comes in at 116.0 inches, The Sequoia is at 118.1 inches, and the Suburban/XL is 130.0 inches. I had a full sized Blazer and towed a 26 foot camper at 4400 lbs. Unstable to say the least. I now have a 31 footer at 6400 lbs. and towing this in complete confidence. Just because the manufacturer says you can does'nt mean you should. And by the way, judging by the campers and boats that I see at campgrounds and boat launches, I think it would be fair to say that most (say 95%) of people that tow don't come close to the maximum tow capacities. If they do, they opt for the 3/4 ton diesel pick-ups.
        '- New Sequoia fold flat 3rd row seat vs back-breaking 3rd row seat that requires removal from Denali XL "
        My 52 year old 130 wife has no trouble removing that back breaking seat.
        dimensions:
        Cargo volume behind front seat Yukon/Tahoe 108.5 cuft. Suburban/Denali XL 137.4 cuft. Sequoia 128.1
        Behind second seat: Yukon/Tahoe 60.3 Sub/XL 90.0 Seq. 65.3
        Behind third seat: Yuk/Tahoe 16.9 Sub/XL 45.8 Seq. 26.6.
        Our last trip in our Suburban was from Joliet Il. to Orlando Fl. with My wife and I, My son and his wife and two toddlers, and my wifes mother with more than enouph room behind that third seat for all of our luggage and room to spare. Try that in a Tahoe or Sequoia.
        Just my opinion, but I think the Sequoia is a fit in the middle of a Tahoe and Suburban. Having said that, with all the Toyota quality issues especially the Tundra, and remember the Sequoia is based on the Tundra, well, it would'nt make my short list.
        Oh! by the way, Sequoia waranty 3/36K, GM 5/100K drivetrain 3/36 on the rest. Wow, it's a no brainer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugh. Can we officially declare "Grille Wars" over? This and the restyled Navigator have taken the trend to absurd heights (and widths)

      A lot of the previous Sequoia's buyers were drawn to its carlike dashboard and bland exterior styling, which shouted "I'm a douchebag" less loudly than most full-size SUVs. Its 4.7 V8 was also a teensy bit thriftier.

      With those traits gone, there seems less reason to choose this over a Suburban or Tahoe.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Again, I say Ford Super Duty as for the most horrific chrome nose treatment. I actually think this grill is an improvement over the Tundra grill, as it does w/o the stupid false vent at the top.
        As for the old Sequoia, the same was true for the old Tundra- it wasn't up to going toe-to-toe, and that was fine. They handled way better and drove like a car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My 2002 Tahoe really let me down last week after 35K I had to replace my tires. And I have to do an oil change every five to seven thousand miles, and when I checked my brakes they still had only 70% of the pads left. So in five years I have had to spen a total of about $600.00 plus gas to keep it on the road. Maybe I should sue GM for building such a durable truck and go buy a Toyota since you say Edmunds says they are the best SUV on the road. I hate to have a mind of my own.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This ones for jon. I own a 2002 4X4 suburban, mostly driven by my wife. This suv has a little over 112K and roughly 40K of it has been towing a 5400lb. travel trailer from coast to coast, north to south. This suv is still on it's original brakes of which still show about 30% life left. This suv has been flawless. Yes, flawless. Our previous Suburban was a 1994 and we retired it after 219K and only twice had brakes replaced. That one did have problems, alternater at 86K, wiper motor at 144K, and the most expensive repair at 180K was a fuel pump.
        Would I buy a Toyota? After reading all those postings on Toyota's quality problems the asnwer is simple. Hell no.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If your Chevy has cost you only $600 in 5 years, great choice!

        Why should you buy a Toyota given the great vehicle that you have. Leave it to us idiots to pay more and buy vehicles that cost more to maintain!

        We are so guillible we even believe your claims!
          • 7 Years Ago
          Put your money where your mouth is! If you can find where I spent money any where else on my Tahoe I will triple it.... I also failed to say that except for a $90 warranty claim it has had no other repairs except for a front fender that my wife redecorated. Not everyone has problems with cars that arn't made from Toyota!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks about 15-20% better than the fugly Land Cruiser.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lessee, 1 Sequoia, 1 Land Cruiser and one LX570 lexus. So it's Toyota 3 gas pigs.

      Still 8 less than GM.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well the Tundra would be 1 next to the 2 that GM has. 2 full lineups from 1/2 ton to 3500's and Kodiaks? And the FJ cruiser? How about an entire lineup of Hummers? Or the 4 different GMT360's?

        You do realize that GM offers 40 different models from cars to trucks with V8 power don't you? How many does Toyota have? Not even close.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You do understand how insignificant the LX and 'Cruiser are, right? they sell about 5-6 thousand units year, usually to multi-vehicle households (avg. hh. income is over 200k) so they don't even get driven full-time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Escalade
        EXT
        ESV
        Tahoe
        Suburban
        Yukon
        Yukon XL
        Avalanche
        H2
        An entire Silverado linup
        An entire Sierra lineup

        Trailblazer/XL/SS - 5.3V8
        Envoy/XL -5.3V8
        Rainier - 5.3V8
        Isuzu Ascender XL - 5.3V8
        Saab 9-7x - 5.3V8

        Canyon - V8
        Colorado - V8
        H3 - V8

        Corvette
        Impala SS
        Lucerne V8
        Lacrosse V8
        Pontiac G8 V8
        Grand Prix GXP - V8
        The entire Cadillac car lineup

        Toyota ain't all roses either but by any means are they as drunk on V8 powerplants (Nobody is) than GM.

        GM is about as green as a rat turd.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Blake- you still don't get it.

      People buy and daily drive Corvettes because they want a superfast car that looks cool, even though will will rarely, if ever use all that power.

      People buy and daily drive pickup trucks because they need to "haul things", but look how many empty pickup beds you see out on the freeway.

      People buy really large houses, even though they could probably get by with something smaller and save energy (and the environment).

      Who gets to say who NEEDS what and who SHOULD BE DRIVING what and who SHOULD BE PURCHASING what? Nobody NEEDS a Corvette. How do you suggest controlling who can purchase what based upon need? And how do you define this need? And why do you feel you are qualified to define this need? And why do you limit this to automobiles and not large homes when both are wasteful- the large home even moreso than the car. Please respond- I'd love to hear your response to my "dumb" post. I guess anything you do no understand is "dumb". :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      From Edmunds:

      "Fuel economy is not as terrible as you'd think. The 5.7-liter V8 is the more efficient option, thanks to its dual variable valve timing (the 4.7-liter only has variable intake valves) and extra overdrive gear. In 2WD form, the Sequoia has a rating of 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway — second only to the Tahoe (14 mpg/20 mpg). The 4x4 Sequoia's 13 mpg/18 mpg rating is better than all its SUV rivals except GM's two-mode hybrids (20 mpg city/20 mpg highway)."

      Funny, because according to Chevrolet's website, the 2008 Tahoe (and the larger Suburban) are rated at 14/19 in 4x4 guise. I don't think the Sequoia's 13/18 rating is "better than all its SUV rivals."

      Granted, the 381 hp 5.7L will outmuscle the 320 hp 5.3L in the Tahoe. But given the green image that Toyota wears like an undeserved halo, it would be nice if Edmunds could get simple facts such as this correct. Perhaps they are a little too busy drooling over everything Toyota does (though they at least had the integrity to call out the horrendous dash, which I can't believe has been carried over unchanged from the Tundra...).

      *Sigh*

      Another competent performing, questionably styled, gas guzzler from do-no-wrong Toyota. Hopefully the rear liftgate doesn't fall apart in routine use like the Tundra tailgate seems to.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like they could squeeze a third front-row bucket seat in there. That's just ridiculous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha!!! comes with a broomstick standard. Not just to sweep out your new garage on wheels, it triples as a back scratcher and a reach tool for the radio.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please Toyota, can you hire a better designer and fire the one who designed the absurdly and ugly Sequoia!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "And most people doing that would be better off walking to work.

      Who on earth gets to decide where to draw these lines? I'm just glad it's not you, sir."

      Exactly. Historically there was a "one car fits all" car, and that was the Lada in the soviet union. Now anyone who's seen one knows that "one car fits all" really is "one car fits no-one."

      If somebody else could tell us what type of car we drove, the next step would be to limit how much we drive (after all, a prius driven 30k a year is not better for the environment than Sequoia driven 8k).

      We live in a free society. Deal.

      As for the Sequoia, it looks better than a Durango or Yukon IMO, but not nearly as good as the Tahoe/Urban. Chevy really did the exterior right on that one, which is surprising since the previous gen Tahoe front wasn't that special.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Being a Tundra owner I like the Sequoia,but the dash definitely needs some rearranging and I hope they find some better quality plastic.
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