Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia

The Toyota Sequoia is a three-row and off-road capable SUV that’s built on the same platform as the Toyota Tundra. Introduced in 2001, the Sequoia offers standard rear-wheel drive, available four-wheel drive and room for up to eight.

2008 to Present: Toyota Sequoia

The current Toyota Sequoia was introduced for the 2008 model year. Like the first-generation model, it shares a common platform with the Toyota Tundra.

Unlike the earlier model, the current Sequoia offers several differences to its truck counterpart, including a fully boxed frame and a rear independent suspension. All four-wheel drive models come with a locking center differential.

Seating is for seven or eight, depending whether captain’s chairs or a bench seat is selected for the second row. The cavernous interior offers excellent legroom for the first two rows, but is slightly more compressed for third-row passengers.

The cargo space is limited behind the third row, especially for this class, measuring 18.9 cubic feet. Fold down the third row and 66.6 cubic feet of space is present. With the second and third rows folded the Sequoia has 120.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

Changes along the way for the second-generation Toyota Sequoia have been few, with Bluetooth and USB connectivity made standard for 2010. Toyota’s Entune infotainment system was added for 2014, bringing in a standard 6.1-inch touch screen.

The second-generation Toyota Sequoia started off with two V8 engine choices. A 4.7-liter engine that makes 276 horsepower is standard on earlier models, which is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. A 5.7-liter engine with 381 horsepower is optional, and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Beginning in 2010, Toyota replaced the base engine with a new 4.6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower. That engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Starting in 2013, Toyota dropped the Sequoia’s 4.6-liter V8 and made the 5.7-liter V8 the lone engine offering.

Chief competitors to the Toyota Sequoia include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and GMC Yukon. Shoppers looking for a smaller model might also consider the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Earlier Toyota Sequoia Models

Upon its introduction in 2001, the first-generation Toyota Sequoia was powered by a 240-horsepower, 4.7-liter V8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission.

Beginning in 2005 and coinciding with a facelift, Toyota added variable valve lift technology to the engine and replaced the transmission with a five-speed automatic. These changes paid off with better fuel economy and an additional 42 horsepower for the 4.7-liter V8.

The first-generation Toyota Sequoia is very closely aligned with the Toyota Tundra, sharing components like the sheet metal, dashboard and powertrain. The main mechanical difference between the two models is the Sequoia’s rear disc brakes and multi-link live axle rear suspension.