2008 Toyota Sequoia – Click above for high-res image gallery Gigantor. The 2008 Toyota Sequoia arrives humongously revised from the already beefy first-generation. The Timberland Mica (Metallic Green) example that Toyota lent us for a week definitely deserves whatever size-related superlatives you can dream up. It's big, it's powerful, it doesn't sip fuel. There is a need and a market for this type of vehicle, however. If Sequoia buyers don't actually utilize its considerable capabilities, that's not Toyota's fault. This year marks the migration of Toyota's full size Sport Utility to the same mechanicals that underpin the new Tundra, ladling on capability to an already fairly competent and refined vehicle. %Gallery-17888% All photos ©2008 Dan Roth / Weblogs, Inc. While we think the previous Sequoia was nicer to look at, at least this one is handsome than the Tundra. The change you notice first is that the grille loses its ridiculous fake scoop. Sequoias get a lower fascia that tucks the foglamps into louvered openings and uses a more subtle lower grille. The front bumper also holds sonar transponders that warn the driver if things loom too close. Drive up windows at fast food restaurants freaked out the system, but the Sonar switch is close at hand, allowing us to get our Frostys in peace. Big chrome door handles make even bear paws feel diminutive, and that's a repeating theme with the Sequoia: big. The mirrors are big (and chromey), running boards make it easy to climb into this big thing, the wheels are big and handsome - big abounds. Brake rotors as big as manhole covers do their best to stop this thing in a big hurry. The overall shape is kind of warthog-ish to our eye, with a short hood and hulking everything else. The two-box form serves up a lot of extremely flexible interior space; you can argue form following function if it helps take the sting out of parking this ugly duckling between an Expedition and a Denali. If true beauty is on the inside, then the Sequoia starts looking better when you open the doors. Aesthetic bliss might be a little stymied by Toyota's choice of materials, but we liked it better than the Tundra Limited that visited the Autoblog Garage. The colors and conservative design of the interior are handsome and functional, but the inscrutable attention to matching textures and sheens that you'd expect from Toyota isn't present here. There's one type of plastic that makes up the dash panel, another for the center console, and there's smooth metallic silver, rough metal-look, a lot of brownish-black, and mica-infused black for the driver to take in. The variety is not discordant, and the feel is even luxurious, though the Sequoia's interior lags behind the competition. Functionally, the Sequoia is a champ. Just concentrating on the driver's environment for a moment, everything you need is right there and easy to use. The controversy over the split design of the center stack has died down; the …
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