2015 Toyota Sequoia | new car review

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 by
2015 Toyota Sequoia
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  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 154,900 - 199,900
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  • Last modified: July 7, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

The is born from the Tundra, which is one of the strongest cars available. It certainly looks mean, but why would you choose it over the popular Land Cruiser?

Pros

The near flawless interior is the Sequoia's biggest advantage.

Cons

Unappealing and bulky exterior styling.

Looks

Trying to understand who might buy this car is as hard as trying to pronounce its name properly. The 2015 Toyota Sequoia is a full-sized SUV based on the Toyota Tundra, and therefore the front end is nigh-on identical to the famous pick-up. Yet somehow it looks angry, frustrated even. The overall design does seem unrefined, with the uprights that surround the back side windows being too chunky. The tailgate is also overly plump, and it makes the entire car look overweight.

2014 Toyota Sequoia Side

Feels

Inside is a very different story, and the interior is certainly one of Toyota’s best efforts. The driver stares at a silver dash, with the dials all separated from each other. The gear lever is right over close to the driver too. It certainly makes the driver feel like they are in control. The steering wheel feels a bit dated in comparison to the rest of the make-up, but otherwise it is near to flawless.

2014 Toyota Sequoia Interior

Engineering

The first thing that caught my eye was the sheer space available when you put all the back seats down. Everything folds flat easily, and although the exact volume wasn’t available, be assured that you could fit a light aircraft in there. The Sequoia also comes with “Air and Variable Suspension,” which will optimise passenger comfort, as well as something called “Super-Intelligent Transmission” that alters gear changes to suit the conditions.

What’s on offer?

The 2015 Toyota Sequoia comes with a 5.7 litre engine that produces a whopping 381 horsepower. The basic model starts at a reasonable AED 154, 900, whereas the top of the range version will set you back AED 199,900. The middle-range model is around AED 174,900 and comes with leather seats, a multimedia system, as well as an assortment of other neat goodies.

2014 Toyota Sequoia rear

Summing it…

While I am a big fan of the Toyota Tundra, I can’t help but feel that the Sequoia doesn’t really serve a purpose; I don’t know what would draw you to the Sequoia over the more illustrious Land Cruiser. It is rumoured that Toyota will be discontinuing the Sequoia soon due to poor sales, I kind of see why; no wonder it looks angry and frustrated.

Specifications

 

Specifications2015 Toyota Sequoia
Engine/ Cylinders5.7 litre / V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
381 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
544 Nm @ 3,600 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h7.2 secs
Top speed180 km/h
PriceAED 154,900 - 199,900

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