2003 Toyota Sequoia

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of the 2003 Toyota Sequoia. Base trim shown.

2003 Toyota Sequoia Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Launched during the 2001 model year, Toyota’s newest full-size sport utility vehicle evolved from the company’s Tundra pickup truck and is built at the same Indiana plant. At nearly 204 inches long overall, the Sequoia is considerably longer than the Japanese automaker’s own Land Cruiser. 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, which is being redesigned for 2003.

Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, the Sequoia may be equipped with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). The Sequoia comes in SR5 and upscale Limited trim levels. Automotive News reports that in its first year, the Sequoia accounted for 68,574 sales, which represents quite a respectable showing. Toyota has not yet released details on changes for the 2003 model year.

Exterior
The Sequoia rides a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measures nearly 204 inches long overall — that’s 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 4WD model has 11 inches of ground clearance, which is more than most rivals. A power moonroof is optional.

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Vehicle Overview
Launched during the 2001 model year, Toyota’s newest full-size sport utility vehicle evolved from the company’s Tundra pickup truck and is built at the same Indiana plant. At nearly 204 inches long overall, the Sequoia is considerably longer than the Japanese automaker’s own Land Cruiser. 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, which is being redesigned for 2003.

Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, the Sequoia may be equipped with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). The Sequoia comes in SR5 and upscale Limited trim levels. Automotive News reports that in its first year, the Sequoia accounted for 68,574 sales, which represents quite a respectable showing. Toyota has not yet released details on changes for the 2003 model year.

Exterior
The Sequoia rides a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measures nearly 204 inches long overall — that’s 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 4WD 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 the Sequoia’s interior dimensions exceed the Tahoe’s. A contemporary dashboard and control layout are similar to those in the Tundra. Stepping up to the Limited model adds leather-faced captain’s chairs, heated retractable mirrors and a 10-speaker JBL stereo system. A six-CD changer is optional.

Under the Hood
Toyota borrowed the Sequoia’s powertrain from its Tundra pickup. A 4.7-liter V-8 engine produces 240 horsepower and teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Both RWD and 4WD 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 necessary to see that the Sequoia is really big. But despite its abundant dimensions, the Sequoia doesn’t feel as immense as some of its 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, but 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.

The Sequoia’s 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, and this SUV offers abundant storage possibilities.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 9/30/02

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most Reliable SUV

by Stan and Shirley from Boiling Springs, SC on August 8, 2018

I bought this 2003 Sequoia new from Mr. Jules Funderburk at Toyota of Easley on November 8, 2002. It currently has 316,000 miles on it and is still running great. It has been the best vehicle I?ve ... Read full review

(5.0)

This SUV will go forever!

by Denny from Irmo, SC on May 15, 2018

Toyota in general is a very reliable car but this Sequoia is on a different level! My Sequoia had over 240,000 miles on it and it ran like it was a couple years old. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2003 Toyota Sequoia currently has 5 recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sequoia received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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