There is no denying that a Sequoia is a truck. And it's built like a truck, too, with body-on-frame construction and a solid rear axle. If this sounds potentially noisy and uncomfortable, forget that ...
There is no denying that a Sequoia is a truck. And it's built like a truck, too, with body-on-frame construction and a solid rear axle. If this sounds potentially noisy and uncomfortable, forget that notion. The Sequoia shows just how good a well-designed and built truck can be on the road. The steering effort is light, but not too light, with engine-speed sensitive assist. The turning circle is small for the Sequoia's size, making parking easy. The high seating position gives good visibility.
On good pavement, the Sequoia rides as smoothly and comfortably as a luxury car. On bumpier surfaces, there is no hiding the unsprung weight of the large, heavy wheels and tires, but good damping and a five-link mounting system with coil springs tames the live rear axle, and the large truck tires add a measure of air damping. A fully-boxed frame gives it great rigidity, improving both the handling and ride comfort.
With 10.6 inches of clearance in 4x4 trim, and steel skid plates under the front of the engine, transfer case, and fuel tank, it's as capable as a Land Cruiser off the paved highway. Don't try that in a luxury wagon.
PERFORMANCE: The Sequoia is not the biggest vehicle in its class, nor is it the most powerful. But how much size and power do you really need? It more than makes up for any perceived deficiency in macho power with refinement. Its twin-cam ``iForce'' V8 has plenty of strength. It gives the Sequoia a ULEV emissions rating from the EPA, and is smooth and quiet enough to sound and feel more like a luxury engine than a truck motor. With 240 horsepower (at 4800 rpm) and 315 lb-ft of torque (at 3400 rpm), driving through a four-speed automatic transmission, it gets the job, any necessary job, done without fuss or noise. Towing capacity is a healthy 6,500 lbs.
CONCLUSIONS: The Sequoia, Toyota's largest SUV, is an admirable vehicle for use as a family wagon or for back-of-beyond exploration.