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2006 Toyota Sequoia

$4,577 — $14,381 USED
Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
16 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Highway stability
  • Acceleration
  • Resale value, especially SR5
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Excessive size
  • Price
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Side-impact and side-curtain airbags optional

What to Know

about the 2006 Toyota Sequoia
  • 273-hp V-8
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Full-size dimensions
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Standard stability system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Launched during 2001, Toyota's largest 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 Land Cruiser SUV.

Sequoias exhibited a freshened exterior for 2005, which included a new front fascia and grille, standard overfenders and redesigned taillamps with clear-lens covers. The V-8 engine gained power and worked with a new five-speed-automatic transmission. Side curtain-type airbags that incorporate a roll-sensing feature and extend to protect second-row occupants became optional.

Other than new second-row bucket seats in the SR5 Sport Package and revised engine output figures, little has changed for 2006. Offered in SR5 and upscale Limited trim levels, the Sequoia is priced lower than Toyota's luxurious Land Cruiser but higher than its midsize 4Runner. All three SUVs are truck-based. Sequoias can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel drive.


Exterior
Sequoias ride a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measure 203.9 inches long overall — that's more than 11 inches longer than the Land Cruiser. Toyota shortened the Tundra's wheelbase for use in the Sequoia, which is 78.9 inches wide. The Limited rides on 17-inch tires, but the SR5 has standard 16-inch tires.

The full-size Sequoia has four side doors and a rear liftgate with a fully retracting power window. The four-wheel-drive Limi...
Vehicle Overview
Launched during 2001, Toyota's largest 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 Land Cruiser SUV.

Sequoias exhibited a freshened exterior for 2005, which included a new front fascia and grille, standard overfenders and redesigned taillamps with clear-lens covers. The V-8 engine gained power and worked with a new five-speed-automatic transmission. Side curtain-type airbags that incorporate a roll-sensing feature and extend to protect second-row occupants became optional.

Other than new second-row bucket seats in the SR5 Sport Package and revised engine output figures, little has changed for 2006. Offered in SR5 and upscale Limited trim levels, the Sequoia is priced lower than Toyota's luxurious Land Cruiser but higher than its midsize 4Runner. All three SUVs are truck-based. Sequoias can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel drive.


Exterior
Sequoias ride a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measure 203.9 inches long overall — that's more than 11 inches longer than the Land Cruiser. Toyota shortened the Tundra's wheelbase for use in the Sequoia, which is 78.9 inches wide. The Limited rides on 17-inch tires, but the SR5 has standard 16-inch tires.

The full-size Sequoia has four side doors and a rear liftgate with a fully retracting power window. The four-wheel-drive Limited has 10.6 inches of ground clearance, which is more than most rivals offer. Toyota claims the Sequoia offers more cargo capacity than the Ford Expedition.


Interior
The Sequoia seats up to eight people on two front captain's chairs and two three-place bench seats. Its contemporary dashboard is similar to the Tundra's. Stepping up to the Limited model adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and a 10-speaker JBL stereo system. Cargo volume measures 128.1 cubic feet with all of the seats folded or 36.2 cubic feet behind the third row.

Under the Hood
Using new testing standards developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Sequoia's 4.7-liter V-8 produces 273 horsepower and 314 pounds-feet of torque. It teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. The V-8 uses Toyota's variable valve timing with intelligence system. A dashboard control on 4x4 models permits switching into or out of 4WD High while under way.

Safety
Antilock brakes and Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control electronic stability system are standard. Options include side-impact and two-row side curtain-type airbags. All eight seating positions have three-point seat belts.

Driving Impressions
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 road imperfections. The Sequoia takes curves better than expected, and little steering correction is needed on straightaways.

Vigorous acceleration is matched by an easy-action automatic transmission that's controlled by a 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.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
28 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

This car is bullet proof- it will run forever.

by bdumais15 from Chantilly, VA on November 13, 2018

Great suburban assault vehicle. Soccer practice, Costco runs or long trips, no problem. You can't go wrong if your looking for a long term family ride. Read full review

(5.0)

Fantastic vehicle

by Terri from Louisville, ky on August 22, 2018

This vehicle could not have been any better!! We?ve left bed driving and taking family and friends on trips! It?s so roomy and comfortable to sit and ride in!! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Toyota Sequoia currently has 8 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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