Toyota Sequoia Overview

toyota sequoia grillThe 2010 Toyota Sequoia was designed with long road trips in mind. Substantial width and length provide ample rear passenger room, and adults can ride comfortably in the third-row seats. This full-size sport utility vehicle can be quickly reconfigured into a flat-floored cargo hauler that will swallow lengthy items, and a strengthened frame with integral hitch receiver allows it to tow trailers up to 10,000 pounds. A refined front suspension teamed with an independent rear suspension and improved shock absorber valving help produce a smooth highway ride. The optional 5.7-liter V8 makes 381 horsepower, which is 71 more than the standard V8. In size, the Sequoia slots between the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, which, along with the Ford Expedition, are its prime competitors.

The 2010 Toyota Sequoia is at its best when hauling a lot of people and cargo over long distances. When equipped with the air-spring rear suspension, its ride comfort rivals some luxury sedans, and increased sound-deadening material helps keep cabin noise to a minimum. Still, the Sequoia is a big, heavy vehicle: It tops out at almost 6,000 pounds. The steering feel is precise and confidence-inspiring, but, when cornering harder, body roll will be noticeable and somewhat pronounced. Even with the available proximity warning system and back-up video camera, parking and tight maneuvering is challenging. While the Sequoia is more than adequately able to successfully tackle dirt logging trails, wet and slippery boat ramps and steep snow-covered driveways, it is not a serious off-roader.

toyota sequoia tail lightsThe 2010 Toyota Sequoia provides expansive passenger room in the two rear rows thanks to its redesigned independent rear suspension, long wheelbase and wide track. Fore-and-aft sliding second-row seats allow maximization of rear legroom, and rear doors open wide for easy access. To ease maneuvering in tight situations, such as parking or off-roading, the Sequoia's steering ratio increases just before the steering wheel is turned to its limit, which helps to significantly reduce the turning circle. While the third-row seats in the first-generation Sequoia were best reserved for children, the significantly larger 2010 Toyota Sequoia comfortably accommodates adults in all rows. The standard second-row bench seat is split into three segments that slide fore-and-aft independently.

The third row is split 60/40, both the second and third rows fold forward for hauling cargo and access to the third-row seats is made easier by rear doors that open wider. The instrument panel is simple and clean with easy-to-read gauges, and the steering column telescopes and tilts for driver comfort. The 2010 Toyota Sequoia is the longest, widest and tallest Sequoia to date. From the side, it looks bigger than it really is because the axles are pushed far apart, increasing the wheelbase and, therefore, expanding the passenger room. Another benefit of the longer wheelbase is enhanced off-road capability by virtue of short front and rear overhangs. The aggressively styled front end features large headlamps, and massive outside review mirrors prove invaluable when towing a trailer. Stylish 20-inch-diameter wheels are standard on the Limited and Platinum Editions.

toyota sequoia headlightsFor 2010, the Toyota Sequoia's standard safety features include anti-lock brakes and electronic traction and stability control. Larger disc brakes all around and the brake-assist system help to minimize emergency stopping distances. It has eight airbags, including full-length side-curtain head protection and front knee protection. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on the SR5. A powerful, three-zone climate control helps keep all passengers comfortable. Sliding, 40/20/40-split second row seats maximize rear passenger legroom, and rear bench seats fold forward to create a large, flat cargo area. The steering column has both tilt and fore-and-aft adjustments. All three trim levels of the 2010 Toyota Sequoia are available with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

The optional air-spring rear suspension not only automatically adjusts to changing cargo, passenger and trailer-tongue weight, but also contributes to a smoother ride when the vehicle is unloaded. For 2010, the Limited trim will offer only three stand alone Toyota Sequoia Accessories: navigation, seven-passenger seating and a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a nine-inch LCD display and a 115-volt AC outlet. The sonar-based proximity warning system reduces strain when parking and backing out, and the satellite navigation system also includes a back-up video camera. Standard on the 2010 Toyota Sequoia is an all-new 4.6-liter V8 good for 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. The existing 5.7-liter V8 produces 401 pound-feet of torque, which helps the Sequoia tow trailers up to 10,000-pounds, an increase of 3,500 pounds over the 2007 version.