2004 Toyota Sequoia

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Toyota Sequoia. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Highway stability
  • Acceleration
  • SR5&amp
  • #8217
  • s resale value
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Excessive size
  • Price
  • Entry and exit

Notable Features of the 2004 Toyota Sequoia

  • 240-horsepower V-8 engine
  • Rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive
  • Full-size dimensions
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Truck-based construction

2004 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. Offered in SR5 and upscale Limited trim levels, the Sequoia is priced lower than the luxurious Land Cruiser and higher than the midsize 4Runner, which is also a truck-based SUV.

Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, the Sequoia may be equipped with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. No significant changes are evident on the 2004 models.


Exterior
The Sequoia rides a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measures 203.9 inches long overall — that’s 5 inches longer than the Chevrolet Tahoe and more than 11 inches longer than the Land Cruiser. Toyota shortened the Tundra’s wheelbase by 10 inches for use in the Sequoia, which is at least 76 inches wide and 73.2 to 76.2 inches tall, depending on the model.

This 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 10.6 inches of ground clearance, which is more than most rivals offer.


Interior
The Sequoia seats eight people on two front buckets and two three-place bench seats. Toyota claims that the Sequoia’s interior ...
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. Offered in SR5 and upscale Limited trim levels, the Sequoia is priced lower than the luxurious Land Cruiser and higher than the midsize 4Runner, which is also a truck-based SUV.

Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, the Sequoia may be equipped with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. No significant changes are evident on the 2004 models.


Exterior
The Sequoia rides a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measures 203.9 inches long overall — that’s 5 inches longer than the Chevrolet Tahoe and more than 11 inches longer than the Land Cruiser. Toyota shortened the Tundra’s wheelbase by 10 inches for use in the Sequoia, which is at least 76 inches wide and 73.2 to 76.2 inches tall, depending on the model.

This 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 10.6 inches of ground clearance, which is more than most rivals offer.


Interior
The Sequoia seats eight people on 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-trimmed captain’s chairs, heated auto-retractable mirrors, and a 10-speaker JBL stereo system with cassette and CD players. A six-CD changer is optional.

Under the Hood
Toyota also borrowed the Tundra’s powertrain for its Sequoia. A 4.7-liter V-8 engine produces 240 horsepower and 315 pounds-feet of torque and mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Both rear-wheel 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 side-impact and side curtain-type airbags, daytime running lights and Toyota’s Vehicle Stability Control 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 a really big SUV. 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.

Vigorous acceleration from the Sequoia’s V-8 engine is matched by an easy-action automatic transmission and column-mounted gearshift. The engine is quiet, and no other sounds are bothersome. Occupants have plenty of room, and the Sequoia offers abundant storage possibilities.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The best SUV that I've ever had.

by ADTMFBISHOP from CINCINNATI on July 20, 2018

This SUV is reliable, safe and sound. The best SUV that I've ever had to drive in the snow. Space was open enough for my kids and to be both comfortable and relaxing. Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable I ever own

by romanov33 from Lindenhurst on June 9, 2018

This SUV met all of your family needs. Has unprecidented fifespin. One day had an issue with serpentine belt ripped due to the aging and drow home without it!!! Imagine, you would drive without ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Toyota Sequoia currently has 6 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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