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2009 Toyota Sequoia

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$8,204 — $24,068 USED
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Available power-reclining third row
  • Roomy interior, including third row
  • 10,000-pound towing capacity
  • Luxurious amenities available

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Size might intimidate some drivers

What to Know

about the 2009 Toyota Sequoia
  • Choice of V-8s
  • New flex-fuel capability
  • Standard stability system
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Sequoia is Toyota's largest SUV, and the full-size model was redesigned for 2008. The Sequoia is available with a choice of two V-8 engines, including a 5.7-liter V-8 that makes 381 horsepower. When properly equipped, the Sequoia can pull 10,000 pounds. Competitors include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada.

New for 2009
Changes are relatively minor for 2009. A flex-fuel model that can run on E85 has been added, but only on one model: the four-wheel-drive Sequoia with the 5.7-liter V-8. Flex-fuel models are only sold in states that haven't adopted California's emission standards.

Exterior
The Sequoia sports a two-box shape, but it doesn't have bump strips on the side doors and more subtle fender flares, like older models did. Like the Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the Sequoia wears a large chrome grille.
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Available 20-inch rims
  • Available roof rack


Interior
The Sequoia can seat up to eight people in its three rows of seats, which can be covered in either fabric or leather. The second row slides out of the way when you lift a lever, making it easy to get to the third-row seats. Shoppers familiar with the new Tundra will recognize the Sequoia's dashboard, with its recessed gauges and sweeping silver-colored trim that stretches from the instrument cluster down to the center console gear selector. Large air conditioning knobs dominate the middle of the dash.
  • Second-row bench seat
  • Tri-zone automatic ...
Vehicle Overview
The Sequoia is Toyota's largest SUV, and the full-size model was redesigned for 2008. The Sequoia is available with a choice of two V-8 engines, including a 5.7-liter V-8 that makes 381 horsepower. When properly equipped, the Sequoia can pull 10,000 pounds. Competitors include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada.

New for 2009
Changes are relatively minor for 2009. A flex-fuel model that can run on E85 has been added, but only on one model: the four-wheel-drive Sequoia with the 5.7-liter V-8. Flex-fuel models are only sold in states that haven't adopted California's emission standards.

Exterior
The Sequoia sports a two-box shape, but it doesn't have bump strips on the side doors and more subtle fender flares, like older models did. Like the Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the Sequoia wears a large chrome grille.
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Available 20-inch rims
  • Available roof rack


Interior
The Sequoia can seat up to eight people in its three rows of seats, which can be covered in either fabric or leather. The second row slides out of the way when you lift a lever, making it easy to get to the third-row seats. Shoppers familiar with the new Tundra will recognize the Sequoia's dashboard, with its recessed gauges and sweeping silver-colored trim that stretches from the instrument cluster down to the center console gear selector. Large air conditioning knobs dominate the middle of the dash.
  • Second-row bench seat
  • Tri-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • Keyless entry
  • CD stereo
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Available second-row captain's chairs
  • Available power-operated third row
  • Available navigation system with 7-inch screen and backup camera
  • Available DVD entertainment system with 9-inch screen
  • Available heated/vented front seats, heated second-row seats
  • Available power liftgate and sunroof


Under the Hood
Rear-wheel-drive Sequoias get an EPA-estimated 14/17 mpg city/highway with the 4.7-liter V-8 and 14/19 mpg with the 5.7-liter V-8. Four-wheel-drive Sequoias, meanwhile, achieve 13/16 mpg with the smaller V-8 and 13/18 mpg with the larger one, showing that more powerful powertrains don't always get worse gas mileage.
  • Four-wheel-independent suspension
  • Available air suspension system with load-leveling feature
  • 4.7-liter V-8 making 276 hp and 314 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Available 5.7-liter V-8 makes 381 hp and 401 pounds-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes that incorporate brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(4.0)

Dependable and handles great

by TNHoosier from Nashville, TN on December 31, 2017

This is a terrific SUV for large family. Comfortably seats 8 with some space behind 3rd row. Handles like a smaller SUV. Very dependable. Interior of SR5 isn't much to speak of and additional options ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car ever

by AJ car Enthusiast from Riyadh , KSA on November 30, 2017

It is really reliable a bit date interior with great performance it is so soft and easy to drive and great towing capability when needed and it holds its price good and it has great legroom for all ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Toyota Sequoia currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Toyota Sequoia has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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