2012 Toyota Sequoia

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is the largest SUV in Toyota's catalog.

There are three models to choose from in the Sequoia range, namely the entry-level SR5, the Sequoia Limited and the Sequoia Platinum.

Each of the models can be bought in either four-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $40,930.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.4 gallons (100 liters) MPG: 14 city / 20 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 205.1 in. (520.9 cm) Wheel Base: 122.0 in. (309.8 cm)
Height: 77 in. (195.5 cm) Width: 79.9 in. (202.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 5670 lbs (2571 kg) Ground Clearance: 9.9 in. (25.1cm)
Luggage Capacity: 18.9 cu ft Maximum Seating: 8 people
Performance
Engine: i-Force V8 DOHC Displacement: 4.6 Liter
Horsepower: 310 HP Max RPM: 5400 RPM
Torque: 327 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic ECT-i
Available Trims & Engine
Option:SR5 5.7L V8 AWD MSRP: $44,780; MPG: 13 city / 17 hwy
Option:Limited 5.7L V8 4WD MSRP: $54,265; MPG: 13 city / 17 hwy
Option:Platinum 5.7L V8 2WD MSRP: $58,580; MPG: 13 city / 18 hwy

Performance

The entry-level SR5 is delivered with a 32-valve, 4.6-liter engine as standard. This engine generates 310 horsepower and can produce torque of 327 pounds-feet. The other two models have a larger power plant.

These are equipped with a 5.7-liter engine that increases the horsepower to 381 and pushes the torque up to 401 pounds-feet. All models are fitted with a six-speed, fully automatic transmission.

Interior & More

The Sequoia does an excellent job at eliminating external noise, making it possible to enjoy the supplied entertainment system at a low volume setting. Each model is equipped with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity providing music via live streaming. The cars additionally have a CD and DVD player, and a satellite radio as well as a basic AM/FM radio.

The Platinum trim also comes with a navigation system displayed on a touchscreen. The system can be voice activated. This model is also supplied with a separate entertainment system for rear seat occupants. This system features a DVD player connected to a high-definition, 9-inch screen.

The navigation system's screen is connected to a rear-mounted camera. This enables the driver to see on screen what is behind the car. Since the Sequoia is quite a tall and long car, the camera is a very useful safety aid when backing up. Both the navigation system and the passenger entertainment system are available as options with the Limited model.

The Platinum model is supplied with dynamic cruise control. The dynamic system uses radar technology to monitor the distance between the Sequoia and the vehicles in front. It will automatically slow the car down until the distance increases to a safe level. The other models are fitted with standard cruise control.

Seating

The 2012 Sequoia has three rows of seats. The driver seat has 8-way adjustment. To improve vision all round, the height can be adjusted. Passenger seating can be arranged for either seven or eight passengers. If extra cargo space is required, the third row can be folded down flat.

Front-mounted airbags are fitted to provide protection for the driver and front passenger seats. The front seats are also protected by airbags mounted in the seats as well as protective knee airbags. Side curtain airbags protect the rear-seat passengers. The seatbelts for all of the passengers come with retractors that lock automatically, a feature that is particularly useful when transporting children.

Reliability

All new 2012 Toyota Sequoia's are sold with comprehensive warranty packages. The ToyotaCare package provides free regular servicing and breakdown assistance for two years. There are some restrictions on the usage of the SUV to obtain the free cover.

Except for parts like the oil filter that are subject to normal wear and tear, every part is covered by warranty for up to 36,000 miles or three years. The engine, powertrain and drive system have a 5-year, 60,000 miles warranty. The 2012 Toyota Sequoia also has an anti-corrosion warranty for five years with unlimited mileage.

Competition

The SUV market is swamped many contenders, those that compete closely with the Sequoia are GMC Yukon (MSRP $41,080; 15 city / 21 hwy), Chevrolet Tahoe (MSRP $39,750; 15 city / 21 hwy), and the Ford Expedition (MSRP $40,135; 14 city / 20 hwy). The specs on these vehicles are neck and neck.

Overall Rating
75 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is based on the same underpinnings as the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup, and it extends the Tundra's macho look and serious towing and hauling prowess into a package that can also comfortably haul the family.”Car Connection

“In any Sequoia, fast turns result in marked body lean. Combined with steering that's too light and indirect, it takes the fun out of twisty roads. Still, straight-line stability is confident, and Sequoia is composed in most every routine maneuver, with the bonus of a usefully tight turning radius and outstanding brake control.”Consumer Guide

“The big, eight-passenger Sequoia has a standard 4.6-liter V8. We got 15 mpg overall with the optional 5.7-liter V8 and six-speed automatic. Both powertrains are refined. Rear- and selectable full-time four-wheel drive are available.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“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

“If you just can't live without the people hauling and pulling power afforded by a big, V8-powered SUV, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV deserves a spot on your wish list.”KBB