• (4.5) 19 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,890–$10,330
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-16
  • Engine: 240-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 8
2002 Toyota Sequoia

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Launched during the 2001 model year, Toyota’s newest full-size sport utility vehicle evolved from the Tundra pickup truck and is built at the same Indiana plant. At 204 inches long, it’s about the size of the Ford Expedition and is considerably longer than Toyota’s own Land Cruiser. Because of its recent debut, the Sequoia is basically unchanged for 2002, except for new front fog lamps and keyless entry, which are now available as stand-alone options for the SR5 model. The Sequoia comes in SR5 and upscale Limited trim levels.

Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, the Sequoia can have either rear-drive or four-wheel drive. Toyota now has five SUVs in its lineup, and the Sequoia is the largest. It is priced lower than the luxurious Land Cruiser and higher than the midsize 4Runner.



Exterior
The Sequoia rides a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measures nearly 204 inches long overall — 5 inches longer than the Chevrolet Tahoe and a foot longer than the Land Cruiser. Toyota shortened the Tundra’s wheelbase by 10 inches for use in the Sequoia, which is about 76.4 inches wide and 73 inches tall. The full-size SUV has four side doors and a rear liftgate, and the horizontal-bar grille and front styling are similar to those on the Tundra. The four-wheel-drive model has 11 inches of ground clearance, which is more than most rivals. A power moonroof is optional.



Interior
The Sequoia seats eight occupants with two front buckets and two three-place bench seats. Toyota claims that interior dimensions match the Ford Expedition’s and exceed the Chevrolet Tahoe’s. A contemporary dashboard and control layout is similar to those in the Tundra. Stepping up to the Limited model brings leather-faced captain’s chairs, heated retractable mirrors and a 10-speaker JBL stereo system. A six-CD changer is optional.



Under the Hood
The Sequoia’s powertrain is borrowed from the Tundra. A 4.7-liter V-8 engine produces 240 horsepower and teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Both rear-drive and four-wheel drive are available. A dashboard control on 4x4 models allows the driver to switch in or out of 4WD High on the fly.



Safety
Antilock brakes are standard. Options include curtain-type airbags, daytime running lights and Vehicle Stability Control — Toyota’s electronic stability system. All eight seating positions have three-point seat belts.



Driving Impressions
Only a glance is needed to see that the Sequoia is really big. Despite abundant dimensions, the Sequoia does not feel as immense as some rivals once you’ve managed to get inside. In fact, it drives beautifully and yields an excellent highway ride. You feel the bumps, but the suspension absorbs the brunt of the imperfections. The Sequoia takes curves better than expected, though it’s hard to resist the tendency to restrain one’s foot on the gas pedal. Little correction is needed on straightaways, and there’s no tendency to “wander.”

Vigorous V-8 acceleration is matched by an easy-action automatic transmission with a column gearshift. The engine is quiet, and no other sounds are bothersome. Occupants have plenty of room all around, as well as abundant storage possibilities.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 19 reviews

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Best travel SUV ever.

by SEABEE ED from Orlando Fl. on October 3, 2017

Bought to use on long trip with 8 persons. Served its purpose very well. Everyone was very pleased with comfort and conditions.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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