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Earlier this week, we heard word that Toyota would be sending its sluggishly-selling Sequoia out to pasture after this current product cycle came to a close. Those whispers were evidently enough to ruffle a few feathers at the Japanese automaker, as the company has come out with a cleverly-worded denial:
Toyota denies any reports of the discontinuation of the Sequoia. For obvious competitive reasons, Toyota does not discuss future product plans. Sequoia continues to be a profitable, high-quality vehicle for Toyota and several years remain in the life of the current generation. Our focus remains on building our vehicles, including the Sequoia, with the highest possible quality.
Call us crazy, but the statement above doesn't do much to assure us about the future of the high-riding family hauler beyond this generation's expected lifecycle. Either way, we can certainly say that the current Sequoia will continue to dominate mall parking lots for at least a few more years. Past that, Toyota isn't saying what its plans are for its biggest vehicle.



[Source: Toyota]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw one one the road the other day - this thing is a tank. An ugly one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luckily, they aren't so prevalent that you see one every day...
      • 5 Years Ago
      When it comes to full size SUV's most buyers prefer domestics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Toyota reply tells us absolutely nothing. They may as well have said "no comment." Would there be a blog post about Toyota's reply if it was "no comment"?
      judemirjude
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love this car. to bad its window trims get's corroded so quickly. here is a solution for you: http://youtu.be/KCq7oTnGM0A
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is it written that a female can't drive a large SUV, shouldn't be driving a large SUV, or has no reason to drive a large SUV. I own a 2010 Sequoia and I love it. It drives like a kiddie car and has more creature comforts, safety features AND is more comfortable than any other SUV I have owned and I've owned my share: Tahoes, Suburbans, Ford Broncos, Ford Expeditions, GMC Yukons and Yukon XLs. My new Sequoia gets better gas mileage and is more comfortable than any of the listed SUVs and for those who think females should be driving mini vans, read on. In my Sequoia, I load five boys (one of my own and four friends - maybe one of your kids) five sets of sports equipment (depending on the season - we go year round) one large cooler for ice, drinks, and cold packs, one large tub (yes, from Cosco) filled with snacks, one comfy spectator chair and depending on the weather, jackets, boots, etc. Most of the sports fields in our area aren't black topped, a few are gravel, but most are grass (if that's what you want to call it) I have had no trouble getting in or out of the area after it has rained or snowed (remember we go year round) and I carefully maneuver around the vans and other non-SUV's that are sliding around in the muck and goo. We "soccer moms" are the ones who transport your budding superstars to practices and games while you Dads arrive in your fancy little cars to cheer them on. I take my responsibility for transporting my kid and YOURS safely. That's why I chose a Sequoia out of all the vehicles out there. The quality, innovation that Ford and GMC can't/won't offer, safety features and comfort can't be compared to anything American companies offer. Yeah, I might not get the same gas mileage, but I'd rather be safe than sorry while transporting my precious cargo - and YOURS as well. I'll get off my soap box now
      • 5 Years Ago
      This SUV was nearly killed by Toyota before it came out. They should have.

      It's the wrong product at the wrong time......it was planned in the days of big money and cheap oil. These days are over.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The first gen Sequoia was actually quite successful, and IMO added some much needed diversity to a sea of Tahoe/Expedition-filled suburban driveways.

        Second gen has been a dud, though. Look at the sales data!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont think they should discontinue it at all.

      There is not a Comparison that the Sequoia didn't come first in. They loved its engine and claimed it was the sport car of the group. The sequoia has a 0-60 of 6.2 sec. There also the TRD supercharger you can buy which puts it power to 500 + and you can buy TRD Big Brake package from factory.



      2008 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2008 Ford Expedition vs. 2008 Nissan Armada vs. 2008 Toyota Sequoia


      1st place: 2008 Toyota Sequoia Limited
      Sport-sedan acceleration, luxury-car comfort, and tugboat towing make this new Toy the best of the bigs.


      http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/112_0804_fullsize_suv_comparison/index.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        who cares about 0-60! its a frickin suv!! not a sports car!
        • 5 Years Ago
        miketim1:
        I was being facetious. I don't think buying 3-row SUVs using 0-60 times is to completely miss the point. This is another case of an automag pulling a "let's go take all the minivans out to the skidpad and then make our recommendation" error.

        And I find the arguments about superchargers to be doubly specious. Besides, you're trying to brag about supercharger availability as being a plus for Toyota over the competitors when a Small Block Chevy (Tahoe in the comparo) has far more options for supercharging.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Sequoia and Tundra have the best factory-backed supercharger though. You can put aftermarket parts on any vehicle of course, but the 5.7L V8 in the Tundra/Sequoia is actually a fantastic motor-it's based on the same design as the motor in the IS-F and is a DOHC beast. With the TRD supercharger it's also the cheapest way to get a vehicle with >500HP that still has a 5 year 60,000 mile warranty on the powertrain.
        Of course one could probably argue that it's rather nuts to have a truck/SUV like this, but while you could take it to the drag strip for kicks the supercharger also helps you tow heavy loads especially since the torque goes up to a stump-pulling 550lb/ft.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess you didn't hear the part about the TRD supercharger which put output over 500 hp ... If that doesn't cure your 0-60 needs nothing will.

        http://www.trdparts4u.com/ProdImages/57super.jpg

        http://finishlinewest.smugmug.com/Trucks/2008-SEMA-Toyota-Sequoia-LOL/IMG2244/368694764_zkiGP-M.jpg



        Plus if someone was to build a truck like that would it not compromise its utility?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Sequoia is a very nice SUV one very luxurious, powerful and reliable and IMO it looks good. I like it because you will knew how good it is unless you take the time out to check it out. Very Lexus like and understated... if would be a shame if they discontinued it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Regardless, these vehicles are niche vehicles. Every automaker doesn't need to have one, that market isn't big enough and with stricter CAFE coming there's little reason to chase a small segment. I'd much prefer Toyota chase the affordable sports car niche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Besides, you're trying to brag about supercharger availability as being a plus for Toyota over the competitors when a Small Block Chevy (Tahoe in the comparo) has far more options for supercharging."


        Are those parts factory installed and covered under warranty ? ( that's whats I thought )
        • 5 Years Ago
        6.2? That's no good. The #1 most important thing to me about a 3-row, 6000lb SUV is its 0-60 time (well, maybe after the skidpad figure) and anything over 6 just won't cut it.

        First company to make a 3-row SUV with a proper mid-engine layout and a 6-speed manual gearbox gets my money. And no freakin' nannies, I can't possibly extract the optimum ring time with stupid stability control messing me up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      compared to what FORD has done with the Navigator/Expedition going on 9 or so years now, this car has plenty of life left on it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      When is one of the big automakers going to put a 4-4.5L diesel in a 1/2 ton SUV? The public loves their Sequoia's, Tahoes, and Expeditions, but they hate the crappy gas mileage. First 1/2 ton truck or SUV with good diesel power gets my $$$
        • 5 Years Ago
        When soccer moms start warming up to the idea of going to the local truck stop and filling up right next to all the long haul cowboys. I do know that there are a scattering of diesel pumps amongst regular gas stations - but it is just that - a scattering. Most Americans (i.e. women drivers who don't already love VWs, and men who don't think communting in F350 duallys is cool) are just not ready to embrace diesel just yet. Once it is cheap and plentiful and easy to find we will be on our way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more. The sad irony is that toyota has a perfectly good 4.5l diesel powering suv's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kill the beast!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they make money on it, they should keep it. Otherwise, chuck it and offer 2 sporty coupes (instead of the current none and future 1).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Living approx 20 miles from the SW Indiana Toyota plant that makes the Sequoia as I do, what I don't understand is why they didn't moved production for it to the Texas plant when they did with the Tundra. It makes no sense to me to be building a body on frame SUV behemoth in Princeton , IN when the other products at the plant are the Sienna and the Highlander uni-body vehicles. Could be they still had some area supplier contracts left over from the Tundra that make it cheaper to continue production through this product cycle, but still seems weird.
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