The Toyota Sequoia is a Full-size SUV manufactured by Toyota and derived from its Tundra pickup truck.
Introduced in 2000 and manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton, Indiana, the Sequoia is the first vehicle from a Japanese marque in the popular mainstream full-sized SUV class in North America, and initial planning done by first-generation Sequoia chief engineer Kaoru Hosegawa aimed the Sequoia directly at the Ford Expedition, also competing with the Chevrolet Tahoe and the later Nissan Armada.
The Sequoia slots in between the mid-size Toyota 4Runner and the premium Toyota Land Cruiser in the North American Toyota SUV lineup, and is the largest SUV currently being produced under the Toyota brand.
As of 2014, the Sequoia is sold exclusively in the United States (All regions), Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Chile, Mexico, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen in LHD only.
First generation (2001–2007)
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||4.7 L 240 hp (179 kW) V8 (2001-04)4.7 L 282 hp (210 kW) V8 with VVT-i (2005)4.7 L 273 hp (204 kW) V8 with VVT-i (2006-07)|
|Transmission||4-speed automatic (2001–04)5-speed automatic (2005–07)|
|Wheelbase||118.1 in (3,000 mm)|
|Length||203.9 in (5,179 mm)|
|Width||2001–02 SR5 2WD: 76.0 in (1,930 mm)2003–04: 78.0 in (1,981 mm)2005–07: 78.9 in (2,004 mm)2003–04 SR5 2WD: 76.4 in (1,941 mm)|
|Height||74.0 in (1,880 mm)2003–04 Limited 2WD: 75.8 in (1,925 mm)SR5 4WD: 73.6 in (1,869 mm)Limited 4WD: 75.6 in (1,920 mm)Limited 2WD: 75.2 in (1,910 mm)2005–07 SR5 2WD: 72.8 in (1,849 mm)2003–04 SR5 2WD: 73.2 in (1,859 mm)2003–04 Limited 4WD: 76.2 in (1,935 mm)2001-02 2WD: 73.0 in (1,854 mm)|
After the introduction of the Toyota Tundra in 1999, speculation started that Toyota intended to compete in the full-size market with a Tundra-based SUV called the Highlander. However, the Highlander name was used on the Toyota Highlander and the Tundra-based SUV was introduced on January 11, 2000 at the North American Auto Show as the Toyota Sequoia, with full production starting on September 28, 2000 as a 2001 model.
The engine, dashboard, sheetmetal, and chassis are shared with the Tundra, with the exception of rear disc brakes and a more sophisticated multi-link live axle rear suspension. The Sequoia was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award in 2001. When the Sequoia was introduced, it was slightly longer than the contemporary Land Cruiser, larger than the Chevrolet Tahoe in most dimensions and similar in size to the Ford Expedition; its V8 engine was certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. Frame assemblies and driveshafts are produced by Dana Corporation.
The Sequoia came in two trim levels: SR5 and Limited. The base SR5 started at $32,820 while the more expensive Limited started at $41,855. It was sold in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions. Vehicle Stability Control was standard on all models.
Second generation (2008–present)
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||4.7 L 2UZ-FE V8 08-09 276 hp (206 kW)5.7 L 3UR-FE V8 381 hp (284 kW)4.6 L 1UR-FE V8 310 hp (231 kW)|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic6-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||122.0 in (3,099 mm)|
|Length||205.1 in (5,210 mm)|
|Width||2008–2010: 79.0 in (2,007 mm) & 79.8 in (2,027 mm)2011–: 79.9 in (2,029 mm)|
|Height||77.0 in (1,956 mm)|
2011 Toyota Sequoia at the Montreal International Auto Show in 2011
Toyota unveiled the 2008 Toyota Sequoia at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, with sales beginning that following December. Like the original Sequoia, the new model is based on the new Tundra. However major differences with the Tundra include a fully boxed frame, a rear independent suspension featuring double wishbones with coil springs for improved ride comfort and room, and a locking center differential on 4-wheel drive models. The new suspension helps give the Sequoia a tighter turning radius of 19 ft (5.8 m) and allows for a fold-flat rear seat. Toyota stated the new frame is 70 percent more resistant to bending flex with torsional rigidity up 30 percent However, the new model weighs 500 lb (227 kg) more than the previous Sequoia. The drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.35.
Improvements include an optional ULEV-II compliant 381 horsepower 5.7 L 3UR-FE V8, mated to a 6-speed automatic.
The 2008 Sequoia comes in three trim lines: the SR5 and Limited, and new Platinum. Pricing ranges from about $34,000 to $55,000 depending upon the trim line and configuration. The base engine is the previous ULEV compliant 4.7 L 2UZ-FE 276 hp (206 kW) V8 featured from the previous generation. The 4.7 L is standard on the SR5, while the Limited and Platinum models come standard with a 5.7 L V8 engine. Four-wheel drive is available on all models.
The interior of the 2008 Sequoia features the same dash as the new Tundra. Standard features include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows and doors, dual sun visors, and a keyless entry. Options include DVD based navigation with backup camera and 7" screen, a rear DVD entertainment system, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and heated seats with ventilated coolers in the front row and warmers in the second row, available in Platinum trim. The Limited trim includes audio, climate, and hands-free Bluetooth mobile phone system controls, an improved JBL audio system, electroluminescent Optitron gauges, and an electrochromic auto-dimming rear-view mirror and side view mirrors with a HomeLink transceiver. The Platinum model includes a standard DVD navigation with a backup camera, a rear air suspension which can lower for easy loading, and Dynamic Laser Cruise Control.
Seating arrangements are for seven or eight passengers, eight for SR5 and Limited models and seven for Platinum models. Power folding 60/40 split third row seats are available on the Platinum. The Sequoia has a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 lb (3,357 kg) with the 5.7 L V8 in 2WD SR5 form or 7,100 lb (3,221 kg) in the 4WD SR5 trim. For complete trailer & weight capacities, see Toyota's website.
Exterior differences include door handle colors (color-keyed for the SR5; chrome for the Limited and Platinum), diamond-cut 20 in (508 mm) aluminum alloy wheels for the Platinum trim, and varying power-heated remote-controlled side mirrors.
Standard safety features include Vehicle Stability Control, traction control, anti-lock brakes brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, front side torso airbags and roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all three rows. For the 2010 model knee airbags were added as standard feature for front driver and passenger safety.