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By Cars.com Staff
November 6, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Sequoia is Toyota's largest SUV, and the full-size model was redesigned for 2008. The Sequoia is available with a choice of two V-8 engines, including a 5.7-liter V-8 that makes 381 horsepower. When properly equipped, the Sequoia can pull 10,000 pounds. Competitors include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada.
New for 2009 Changes are relatively minor for 2009. A flex-fuel model that can run on E85 has been added, but only on one model: the four-wheel-drive Sequoia with the 5.7-liter V-8. Flex-fuel models are only sold in states that haven't adopted California's emission standards.
Exterior The Sequoia sports a two-box shape, but it doesn't have bump strips on the side doors and more subtle fender flares, like older models did. Like the Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the Sequoia wears a large chrome grille.
18-inch aluminum wheels
Available 20-inch rims
Available roof rack
Interior The Sequoia can seat up to eight people in its three rows of seats, which can be covered in either fabric or leather. The second row slides out of the way when you lift a lever, making it easy to get to the third-row seats. Shoppers familiar with the new Tundra will recognize the Sequoia's dashboard, with its recessed gauges and sweeping silver-colored trim that stretches from the instrument cluster down to the center console gear selector. Large air conditioning knobs dominate the middle of the dash.
Second-row bench seat
Tri-zone automatic air conditioning
Power windows and locks
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Available second-row captain's chairs
Available power-operated third row
Available navigation system with 7-inch screen and backup camera
Available DVD entertainment system with 9-inch screen
Available heated/vented front seats, heated second-row seats
Available power liftgate and sunroof
Under the Hood Rear-wheel-drive Sequoias get an EPA-estimated 14/17 mpg city/highway with the 4.7-liter V-8 and 14/19 mpg with the 5.7-liter V-8. Four-wheel-drive Sequoias, meanwhile, achieve 13/16 mpg with the smaller V-8 and 13/18 mpg with the larger one, showing that more powerful powertrains don't always get worse gas mileage.
Available air suspension system with load-leveling feature
4.7-liter V-8 making 276 hp and 314 pounds-feet of torque
Five-speed automatic transmission
Available 5.7-liter V-8 makes 381 hp and 401 pounds-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission
Safety Safety features include:
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
Electronic stability system
Antilock brakes that incorporate brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution