2010 Sequoia New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Sequoia was completely redesigned and re-engineered for 2008, boasting impressive truck capabilities and the bold looks of the Toyota Tundra pickup. But after only two years, for 2010 it has some significant improvements and upgrades.
The biggest change is the offering of a new standard 4.6-liter V8 engine, which makes more power and delivers better fuel efficiency than the previous standard 4.7-liter V8. The previous 4.7-liter engine made 276 horsepower and 314 pound-feet of torque, and the new 4.6-liter engine makes 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. The new engine is also matched with a six-speed transmission instead of the previous five-speed and, as a result, EPA highway fuel economy for a Sequoia with two-wheel drive has been increased from 17 mpg to 19 mpg Highway.
In addition to the new engine, all 2010 Sequoia models have driver and front passenger knee airbags, a Cold Kit with heated side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer, and daytime running lights. And many optional features and amenities have been made standard equipment. This means there are few options to order, customer value has been enhanced and ordering and purchasing the vehicle is much easier.
This second-generation Sequoia is bigger and more capable than the original version. It's the biggest SUV Toyota has ever made, and it has the most capability. The Sequoia can transport eight people, plus cargo. The interior is designed with generous seats, big armrests, and lots of storage for passengers, plus an optional entertainment system for long trips.
The Sequoia can be equipped to tow trailers of up to 10,000 pounds. Its optional 5.7-liter V8 makes more than 400 pound-feet of torque, while the six-speed transmission allows for smooth cruising. Four-wheel-drive models offer credible off-highway driving capability, with easy shifting into and out of 4WD, good low range gearing, and lockable differential for better traction.
A comprehensive combination of electronic safety, stability and traction controls, Toyota's STAR system, is standard on all models, as are advanced airbag systems.
The Sequoia represents a state-of-the-art rendering of the modern sport utility vehicle. It's built to transport people and their gear, in comfort, across long distances on North American super-highways. It's all about getting people in and out easily, keeping them comfy, and making heavy loads secure and routine. It rides quietly, steers easily, and with three models, two drivetrains, and a full complement of features, the Sequoia can meet a variety of wants, needs and price points.
The Sequoia differs from the premium Land Cruiser in that the Sequoia is larger, can carry and tow more and is designed specifically for North America. The Land Cruiser is a more upscale luxury vehicle with greater off-road capability, important in global markets. The Sequoia is more about practical utility and comfort. It is built at Toyota's Princeton, Indiana, factory and shares many components with the Tundra pickup that is now built in San Antonio, Texas.
The Toyota Sequoia is packaged in three grades: SR5, Limited and Platinum. Sequoia SR5 comes standard with the 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8. Limited and Platinum models have the 5.7-liter V8 (optional on the SR5). All have the six-speed automatic. Eight-passenger seating is standard; the Platinum seats seven, with its luxurious second-row bucket seats. A flex-fuel version of the 5.7-liter engine that can run on E85 (85 percent ethanol) is available in most states.
The Toyota Sequoia SR5 ($38,530) comes with cloth upholstery, tri-zone air conditioning; power windows, locks, and back window; keyless entry; an eight-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with a plug for iPod compatibility; tilt steering; cruise control; spare tire; and mud guards. The SR5 is available with 4WD ($41,755). The bigger, 5.7-liter V8 is optional ($625) with either 2WD or 4WD. A Sport Package upgrades the second row bench to bucket seats (reducing total seating to seven) and upgrades with a power-adjustable driver's seat, 20-inch alloy wheels with a unique finish, color-keyed sport grille, rear spoiler, fog lamps, and a black fabric interior. For 2010, new standard equipment for the SR5 includes the towing package, eight-way power driver's seat, fog lamps, running boards, power tilt/slide moonroof, a roof rack, rear spoiler, and a leather steering wheel with audio and climate controls. The SR5's standard audio system gains integrated Satellite Radio and Bluetooth.
Sequoia Limited ($48,640) comes standard with the 5.7-liter V8 and adds heated, leather trimmed seats; upgrades the driver's seat to 10-way adjustable; and adds leather trim to the steering wheel, seats, and gearshift knob. The rear 60/40 third-row seat is power operated. The dash is upgraded with brighter Optitron gauges and a multi-information display, and a 14-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system includes Bluetooth capability. Outside, the Limited adds a roof rack, fog lamps, running boards and parking sonar system. The Limited is available with four-wheel drive ($51,865). For 2010, new standard equipment for the Limited includes a power rear door with a sliding window, 20-inch alloy wheels power tilt/slide moonroof, rear spoiler, and a backup camera with a 3.5-inch display built into the rear-view mirror.
The Platinum ($55,680) comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear load-leveling suspension, and a memory feature for the power seats, which are heated and air conditioned in the front. Second-row seats are heated buckets, converting the interior to seven-passenger capacity, and a navigation system with backup camera is standard. Exterior features include a power back door, moonroof, and headlamp cleaner. Also standard on Platinum are laser cruise control, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a seven-inch screen and a separate rear-seat audio system, including wireless headphones. There is also a new wood-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. The Platinum is available with four-wheel drive ($58,905). Options for the Limited include the rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1,670), and navigation ($1,460).
Safety features standard on all models include advanced frontal airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front row, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.