• (4.7) 7 reviews
  • MSRP: $19,049–$38,261
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-17
  • Engine: 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 7-8
2012 Toyota Sequoia

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Toyota Sequoia

What We Don't Like

  • Fuel economy
  • Size might intimidate some drivers

Notable Features

  • 4.6- or 5.7-liter V-8
  • Seats up to eight
  • Standard trailer-sway control
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Available blind spot warning system

2012 Toyota Sequoia Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Sequoia is Toyota's largest SUV, and it's offered with a choice of V-8 engines: a 4.6-liter V-8 and a more powerful 5.7-liter V-8. The Sequoia can seat up to eight people. Competitors include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada.

New for 2012
Trailer-sway control is a new standard feature for all models, and a blind spot warning system is standard on the Platinum trim level.  Trailer-sway control uses the stability system's sensors to detect unintended side-to-side movement at the rear wheels while towing and uses the antilock braking system to counteract yaw caused by unwanted trailer motion. The color of the instrument panel changes from silver to black, too.

Exterior
The Sequoia sports a two-box shape, but it doesn't have bump strips on the side doors. Like the related Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the Sequoia wears a large chrome grille. Exterior features include:

  • Available 18- or 20-inch rims
  • Power moonroof
  • Running boards
  • Power-operated and heated side mirrors
  • Fog lamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Roof rack
  • Available power liftgate


Interior
The Sequoia can accommodate up to eight people in its three rows of seats that 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. Large air-conditioning knobs dominate the middle of the dash. Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port are standard. Interior features include:

  • Seating for eight people, or seven with second-row captain's chairs
  • Three-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • Keyless entry
  • CD stereo
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Available power-operated third row
  • Available touch-screen navigation system with 7-inch screen and backup camera
  • Available DVD entertainment system with 9-inch screen
  • Available heated/ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs


Under the Hood
The Sequoia's  base engine is a 4.6-liter V-8. A 5.7-liter V-8 is standard on Limited and Platinum Sequoias. Both V-8s team with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sequoia has a maximum tow rating of 7,400 pounds. Mechanical features include:

  • 310-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with 327 pounds-feet of torque
  • 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with 401 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-wheel-independent suspension
  • Available air suspension system with load-leveling feature


Safety
Front and rear parking sensors are optional. Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Front knee airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for all rows of seats
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control
  • Antilock brakes that incorporate brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution 
  • Trailer-sway control

Consumer Reviews

(4.7)

Average based on 7 reviews

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Great, reliable and roomy vehicle

by lk3delta from Colwich, Ks on June 28, 2017

This car lacks on get up and go, but that is about it. It is so roomy and reliable! This car has been very sturdy and well made.

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2012 Toyota Sequoia Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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