2010 Toyota Sequoia | new car review

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 by









The Sequoia is the largest SUV in the range.

In fact, it’s larger than pretty much anything, save perhaps for the Nissan Armada and the Chevrolet Suburban. It’s because of its enormous size that the name is chosen – the Sequoia is one of the largest trees in the world. With three rows of seat, four-wheel drive and a massive boot, it’s built to be both practical and comfortable on the road rather than off it.

Four versions of the Sequoia are on sale (in the UAE), each powered by the same 5.7-litre V8 engine, which puts out 381bhp. The engine is attached to a six-speed automatic gearbox driving all four wheels.

The entry-level model is the eight-seater SR5. Despite being the most basic Sequoia available, it’s still well specced, with features including automatic air conditioning, radio CD player, cruise control and front and rear parking sensors. Three second row passengers can be accommodated on the second row bench seats.

The other eight-seat model is the Limited, which features leather upholstery and power folding of the third row of seats. Satellite navigation is included, as is a DVD player, moon roof, powered tailgate and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The seven seat models replace the second row bench with two individual seats divided by a centre console. They also ride on air suspension. The Platinum Premium model features cooled front seats and a six CD changer, while the Platinum Luxury edition adds sat nav, a DVD player and a rear view monitor.

Safety equipment on all models includes ABS with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, which applies maximum braking force in an emergency. Front, side and curtain airbags are all included, as are VSC (electronic stability control) and traction control.

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