2003 Sequoia New Car Test Drive
Toyota Sequoia is among the best of the full-size SUVs. It's about the same size as a Ford Expedition, and slightly larger than a Chevy Tahoe. Like most Toyotas, it's very well engineered and offers the highest levels of quality, durability, and reliability. It's quiet and comfortable.
The Sequoia is a great family vehicle, a modern replacement for the traditional American station wagon, with three rows of seats capable of carrying eight passengers.
New options for 2003 include a DVD entertainment system for rear-seat rugrats. The package comprises a high-resolution screen that flips down from the headliner, a DVD player in the center console, wireless headphones, and an independent rear-seat audio system. Another new option for 2003 is hydraulic load leveling. Brake Assist has been added as standard equipment for 2003.
Toyota Sequoia comes in two trim levels: SR5 and Limited. Both are powered by a 240-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models are available.
SR5 ($31,625) comes standard with power windows, mirrors and door locks, cruise control, automatic climate control, an AM/FM stereo with both cassette and CD players, ABS with brake assist, and 16-inch styled steel wheels.
Limited ($40,200) adds leather upholstery, dual-zone (front and rear) climate control, heated outside mirrors, JBL stereo, roof rack, and (new for 2003) P265/65R17 tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Both trim lines come standard with an electronic stability program to help correct a skid, and traction control to keep the wheels from slipping when accelerating in slippery driving conditions.