2011 Toyota Sequoia

If you want your car big, it means you have money to flaunt. This, however, does not mean you have to burn gas that costs a fortune every time you go out. Look at the 2011 Toyota Sequoia—a big beast that can show off without you splurging more than you need to.

Most of all, the Toyota Sequoia is one of the most reasonably-priced large SUVs in the market. Its counterparts in other car makers promise more classy and luxurious interiors, justifying their incredible tag prices. The Sequoia gives this vibe of sophistication without hurting your pocket.

From its look alone, the 2011 Sequoia is already a champ. The sleek design of this SUV follows the design tradition of its recent editions—clear lines, refined details, a mighty front view, and a towering side view. If you’re familiar with the Toyota Tundra, you’ll notice that the Sequoia is similar to it in some ways. The most remarkable addition this year though is the control for the standard daytime running lights. Critical reception of this new car in terms of exterior is often times overlooked, because really, there’s nothing to criticize about given its majestic design.

Inside

The promising body of the Sequoia is pursued inside the car. The interiors define class. The dashboard boasts of digital controls for the utmost convenience of the driver, and entertainment and high tech perks are generously packed for the family. The seats are designed with Toyota’s brand of simplicity and sophistication. The room space is huge, affording passengers to do activities while traveling. This trait in fact even turns off some people as drivers may face difficulty in reaching dashboard controls. But all in all, the Sequoia’s a winner in the carpool contest. It can seat as many as 8 people, plus loads of cargoes.

Like many other vehicles released in 2011, the Toyota Sequoia has not been given official scores by transport regulation agencies regarding its degree of safety. Although this is the case, it is important to note that past Sequoia models have been greatly praised for their safety features and accessories. The 2011 Sequoia boasts of rollover sensors that urgently detect movement and release front, side, and side curtain airbags. It is engineered with stability and traction control to adapt to different types of driving environment. Car owners even have the option to install additional sonar systems, cameras, and cruise controls.

Unrivaled

The Toyota Sequoia has many rivals. Other car makers have models to pit against this SUV. Some have respective advantages over the Sequoia, ranging from better fuel economy to better towing capacity. The advantage of the Sequoia however lies in its driving performance: the car is capable of exceptionally quick acceleration and short braking despite its weight. Price advantage too still goes to the Sequoia.

All in all, the 2011 Toyota Sequoia is one of the ten best large SUVs this year. This road beast boasts of carrying eight passengers and towing up to 7,400 pounds—a great choice for a family vehicle or for drivers constantly traveling with a group. It is also great for businesses use, as it can serve the function of a pickup truck but with the perks of a SUV. It is not a competitor in terms of fuel efficiency but its fuel usage at 16 miles-per-gallon is exceptionally low considering its size and weight. The Sequoia’s interiors are greatly amusing, the space is very generous, and the driving and maneuvering performances are at their best.

The SuperCars Overall Rating = 65/100

What others say:

"The big, eight-passenger Sequoia is based on the Tundra pickup, and has a standard 4.6-liter V8.”Consumer Reports

"The 2011 Toyota Sequoia offers good towing ability, powerful V-8 engines, and a macho, over-the-top look, though in most other respects its hard to make a practical case.”The Car Connection

"A rearview camera is newly standard on the Limited and optional on the SR5. ”Consumer Guide

"The Sequoia's slab-sided flanks and aggressive front styling make an odd combination that may not appeal to some.”KBB

"Massive interior with flexible seating; serene ride; graceful handling for its size; brisk acceleration and high towing capacity with the 5.7-liter V8.”Edmunds

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $ 40.930.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.4 gallons Miles Per Gallon: 14 city / 19 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 205.1in. (521cm) Width: 77.0 in. (195cm)
Height: 79.9 in. (203 cm) Weight: 5800 lbs (2631 kg)
Wheel Base: 122 in. (310cm) Ground Clearance: 9.9 in. (25cm) (unladen)
Luggage Capacity: Max Cargo Vol. 120.1 cu ft (behind front seat) Maximum Seating: 8
Performance
Engine: 4.6-Liter DOHC 32-Valve i-FORCE V8 with Dual Independent VVT-i Displacement: N/A
Horsepower: 310 hp Torque: 327 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm
Max RPM: 5800 rpm Transmission: 6-speed ECT-i automatic transmission
0-60 mph: N/A Max. Towing Capacity: 6900 lbs (3130 kgs)
Available Trims
Option:Sequoia SR5 4WD FFV MSRP: $44,780; MPG: N/A
Option:Sequoia Limited 2WD MSRP: $51,040; MPG: 14 city / 18 hwy
Option:Sequoia Platinum 2WD MSRP: $58,080; MPG: 14 city / 18 hwy
Option:Sequoia Platinum 4WD FFV MSRP: $61,305; MPG: N/A

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