2012 Toyota Sequoia

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Toyota Sequoia. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Available power-folding third row
  • Roomy interior, including third row
  • Towing capacity
  • Luxurious amenities available

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Size might intimidate some drivers

Notable Features of the 2012 Toyota Sequoia

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...
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

Latest 2012 Sequoia Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Sequoia the Luxury Tank

by Jimmy P on July 13, 2018

I was really reluctant to get into such a large vehicle at first, but it didn't take long to catch on to the incredibly handling. It rides like a figure skating sumo (yes like the GEICO commercial) if ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Car ... very versatile.

by jaaabee from texas on May 24, 2018

great car.. we wish we didn't have to sell but due to the loss of our job, we must ... it has a 20,000 mile warranty that is transferable. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia currently has 2 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    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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