2002 Toyota Sequoia Consumer Reviews

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2002 Toyota Sequoia
4.8
Average based on 12 reviews
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Toyota dose it again

by from Ney Jersey on June 1, 2006

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.
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Toyotas are the best

by from Mountain Town, Colorado on October 1, 2007

Now I know what everyone is talking about...bought our as a dealer demo (2002) with 24000 miles and have had it for 4 years. It has been the most reliable car we have ever owned and not one problem, u...
Now I know what everyone is talking about...bought our as a dealer demo (2002) with 24000 miles and have had it for 4 years. It has been the most reliable car we have ever owned and not one problem, unlike a suburban that went through THREE transmissions. We have hauled boats, trailers, popped out the seats (easy) and had every seats occupied with kids. It has room for luggage unlike other SUV's and we have made many ski trips with racks on top as well. This is a great family car and one you do not need to worry about having in the shop all the time. We LOVE ours.
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Extra comfort and safety

by from Chicago, NY on May 30, 2011

The most amazing feature of this car is in its comfort and safety. I am driving this car and have travelled with it for long distances, and it has been the most comfortable car i have tried. The main...
The most amazing feature of this car is in its comfort and safety. I am driving this car and have travelled with it for long distances, and it has been the most comfortable car i have tried. The maintenance fees are so low and it practically needs only oil change most of the time. it's so powerful and gives you whatever you may expect from a SUV.
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Great Vehicle

by from on July 16, 2010

Most comfortable SUV I've owned. Great interior features. Perfect for long trips. Feel Safe when traveling.
Most comfortable SUV I've owned. Great interior features. Perfect for long trips. Feel Safe when traveling.
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After 10 Years still Great Ride

by from Northfield New Jersey on February 5, 2013

We bought our Sequoia new as a Dealer demo with 2,500 miles in it. While I was leaning towards a 4 runner, the smaller body style felt cramped compared to our previous SUV (A 1991 Mitsubishi Montero) ...
We bought our Sequoia new as a Dealer demo with 2,500 miles in it. While I was leaning towards a 4 runner, the smaller body style felt cramped compared to our previous SUV (A 1991 Mitsubishi Montero) which was a big square box. I am very happy with the overall ride in this vehicle, we take it on long trips and always have had about 17 mpg even when riding 70+. It is quiet and comfortable. Hauls boats just fine, the anti skid VSC works great, ours was the first year for it and it has saved my butt on the ice and snow a couple of times when we were skiing. We have replaced the cat convertors had a minor leak in the power steering rack, and replaced the AC compressor under warranty . There are a couple of rust spots on either side on the edge of the rear wheels wells, right at the quarter panel weld but you cant see them easily. I have kept the maintenance up and the paint waxed, just replaced the slightly hazed headlights with new ones, and the truck looks new, even after 164,000 miles. The new units are a bit pricy now, but if you need a big hauler and intend to keep a vehicle for a long time I would highly recommend a Sequoia
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Very reliable car

by from Utah on April 17, 2007

Solid performer - far better value than landcruiser I owned before with just a slighly rougher ride since its built on a Tundra body
Solid performer - far better value than landcruiser I owned before with just a slighly rougher ride since its built on a Tundra body
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Awesome vehicle

by from Pittsburgh, PA on July 1, 2010

This vehicle is the most comfortable car/truck I have ever driven. It handles wonderfully and the gas mileage is great on the highway. Lots of features inside give something to all the passengers. Sep...
This vehicle is the most comfortable car/truck I have ever driven. It handles wonderfully and the gas mileage is great on the highway. Lots of features inside give something to all the passengers. Seperate temp and airconditioning controls allow the riders in the backseat to adjust for themselves. Third row seating means space for everyone. Stylish and attractive body. Tows our boat like there is nothing behind it.
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Can't go wrong

by from Kentucky on July 24, 2015

I purchased my 2002 Sequoia new. Since then, I have replaced tires, brake pads, inside door handles, and the back door latch. My husband got online and found out how to change the door handles and the...
I purchased my 2002 Sequoia new. Since then, I have replaced tires, brake pads, inside door handles, and the back door latch. My husband got online and found out how to change the door handles and the latch and we ordered them at very little cost and he replaced them. I replaced the timing belt at around 110,000 miles because it was recommended. That's literally it other than the oil changes. Other than the back glass not going down, which I rarely used anyway so I haven't fixed it, it's still as good as new. If you're thinking of purchasing this vehicle, I wouldn't think twice. I'd trust mine to go to California and back. I bought my two teenagers Volvos because of their safety ratings and I've literally spent $3500 each on them in repairs in a short period of time. No comparison.
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Solid Investment

by from Maryland on December 30, 2013

I was skeptical in 2003 when I forked over a good chunk of change for an '02 Sequoia in '03 w/22k miles - but it's totally been worth it. At the end of '13 it has almost 200k and only minor things hav...
I was skeptical in 2003 when I forked over a good chunk of change for an '02 Sequoia in '03 w/22k miles - but it's totally been worth it. At the end of '13 it has almost 200k and only minor things have broken. The plastic parts (door handles, etc) are wearing out and are being replaced as they snap. The rear seat rails have been inserted and removed so many times that the springs are shot and the third row seating is no longer possible. Other than that, it's been basic maintenance. It rides like a living room and tows our boat effortlessly. It's still on the road and hopefully I can post a 300k status in a couple of years!
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Best in class SUV - luxurious, tough, and reliable

by from Northern Virginia on July 18, 2006

The Sequoia is by far the best overall SUV on the market. Powerful and rugged, but its drive is buttery -- feels like a Lexus for Toyota money. It's also very reliable, smart in all its family-frien...
The Sequoia is by far the best overall SUV on the market. Powerful and rugged, but its drive is buttery -- feels like a Lexus for Toyota money. It's also very reliable, smart in all its family-friendly features, and I get 16mpg overall (not bad for a full-size SUV). It's also luxurious enough (I drive a black Limited 4WD) to drive into town for an evening show or fine dining -- c'mon, who looks twice at a Honda Pilot, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon? This truck turns heads. This car has understated, classy bling w/out the ostentatious attitude of an Escalade. It drives well in snow, hauls well, and is the answer to anyone with a large family but refuses to be seen in a minivan. Best of all, it's priced nicely!
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