2005 Sequoia New Car Test Drive
Toyota Sequoia is among the best of the full-size SUVs. It's nearly the same size as a Ford Expedition, and slightly larger than a Chevy Tahoe. Like most Toyotas, it's very well engineered and offers high levels of build and finish quality, and Toyota offers some of the highest customer satisfaction and long-term reliability ratings in the auto industry. The Sequoia is every inch a truck, but it's very comfortable and relatively quiet.
The Sequoia is a good vehicle for large families, particularly for those who pull trailers. It offers three rows of seats capable of carrying eight passengers. Though big, it's surprisingly maneuverable. It's great for towing.
All models are well equipped, and Toyota has enhanced value for 2004 by adding equipment without raising the base price. The less expensive SR-5 model adds standard dual-zone front and rear climate control and power front seats. The high-trim Sequoia Limited now comes standard with a power moonroof.
If the space, towing capacity and off-road capability of a truck-based, full-size sport-utility are what you need, the Toyota Sequoia is hard to beat.
The 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. Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive are available.
The SR5 ($31,625) comes standard with power windows, mirrors and door locks, cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate control, power front seats, an AM/FM stereo with both cassette and CD players, ABS with brake assist, and 16-inch styled steel wheels. Four-wheel-drive ($3,530) is extra on both models.
The Limited ($40,900) adds leather upholstery, heated seats and outside mirrors, color-keyed body, premium JBL stereo with 10 speakers, a power slide-and-tilt moonroof, a roof rack and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Both trim lines come standard with a lot of safety equipment. The electronic stability control system can help correct a skid when cornering. Traction control keeps the wheels from slipping when accelerating in slippery driving conditions. Front airbags are standard, as are three-point seat belts for all eight places. Front side-impact and head-protection airbags are optional ($500).
Toyota allows its customers more flexibility with optional equipment than many manufacturers. The SR-5 can be equipped with most of the Limited content in several option packages. These include a Preferred Package ($1,770) with the leather and premium stereo with a six-disc in-dash changer. An Alloy Wheel Package ($1,835) adds P265/65 R17 tires on 17-inch rims, color-coordinated fender flares and running boards, rear privacy glass, a towing receiver hitch, seven-pin wiring harness converter and high-power alternator. The Convenience Package ($255) includes heated outside mirrors, a trip computer with compass, outside temperature, current and average fuel consumption and fuel range functions, and a HomeLink universal transceiver. Stand alone options for the SR-5 include the power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade ($1,000), roof rack ($220), remote keyless entry ($245), trailer package ($380)), the premium stereo with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer ($715), rear-seat audio controls ($240) and a rear-seat entertainment package with a DVD viewer and the rear audio controls ($1,770).
Options for the Limited model are, well, limited. They include the DVD entertainment system, rear-seat audio, in-dash CD changer ($200), a rear self-leveling suspension ($360), and a rear spoiler ($200).