The Sequoia is the largest SUV currently sold by Toyota, fitting into a niche upwards of the mid-compact 4Runner. The Toyota Sequoia SUV first appeared as a Series One at the very beginning of the second millennium, with its name derived from the massive Sequoia trees of California.
Manufactured by Toyota US in their plant at Indiana, the series Two Toyota 2008 Toyota Sequoia SUV made its debut in 2007 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The people at Toyota responsible for the Sequoia development obviously recognized a niche for a luxury SUV where the emphasis would be more on long distance highway travel, fitting in eight people easily and towing heavy equipment with ease. The Sequoia also holds its own very well in the toughest of off road situations when in four wheel drive.
The 2012 version of the Toyota Sequoia crossover SUV comes with a choice of two engines, either the standard 4.6 liter V8 providing 310 horsepower and 327 pounds per square feet of torque or a 5.7 liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound of torque standard for the Sequoia Limited edition and top of the range Platinum models. Both of these engines come paired with a six speed automatic gear box.
The Series Two Sequoia is based on Toyota's Tundra pick up with a double wish-boned rear independent suspension has been fitted as well as a set of a super strong coil springs for improved ride comfort, as well as providing the Sequoia with a turning radius of just 19 feet. The Toyota Sequoia crossover SUV comes with either a two wheel drive or a four wheel drive option.
Solid and square to look at, the Toyota Sequoia SUV is a real people carrier, comfortably seating eight adults and toting their luggage with ease. Unlike many SUVs, even some from within the Toyota stable, the Sequoia third row has not been designed as a bit of an afterthought. Instead it is an integral part of the vehicle's design, and anyone who gets to sit in the third row, even if they are a full sized adult, will have all the head and leg room they could hope for, and comfortable seating to sit back in and enjoy the journey.
Storage space in the Sequoia is as generous as you would expect from a vehicle of its size with 19 cubic feet available if all the seats are in use, 67 if the third row is folded up and a fairly massive 120 cubic feet if both the back rows are not in use. In the base SR5 version of the Sequoia, the back seats have to be manually folded, while for those flat whose budget could stretch to either the Limited or Platinum models then a power folding feature is inclusive.