2005 Toyota Sequoia
There are 9 user reviews for the SR5 4X4 trim shown below
- Solid feel, Toyota quality, quiet, roomy.
- Visibility, handling.
Toyota's flagship SUV predictably towers over the rest of the field in engineering and quality. My 2005 SR5 4X4 was one of the first in to the dealer and after 12 years of happy 4Runner driving, I thought I was ready to move up. I didn't like the gaudy redesign of the 4Runner in 2003 and couldn't find a comparable vehicle, so I swallowed hard and signed over $40,000+.
Mechanically, it is as tight as a fiddle. The V8 is smooth and quiet, and can perform well if pressed. It feels a little underpowered, and the 4 speed auto transmission seems to give away some torque on startup. Maybe it's just a feeling from moving up from the 4Runner, but this thing feels like it really takes a lot to get going. My mileage in suburban driving is 16.1 MPG. One cool feature is the quick key start -- you don't have to hold the key in start, just one twist and the engine fires up. Maybe that's available elsewhere - I haven't seen it.
The body is tight, well constructed, doors have a heavy feel, especially the one-piece tailgate which is offset by strong hydraulic struts. The seats are comfy, but not overly plush. The cloth is just plain boring - go for leather if you can handle the upgrade $. 2nd row seats flip forward, not flush, back seats flip forward or come out. Cup holders abound (4 in front, 2 in 2nd seat, 4 in back). The dial-based climate control is great, as is the 6-CD changer and zillion speaker stereo. Interior noise is minimal and the ride is very smooth for a truck frame-based vehicle. Handling is far from sporty, unless you're talking about a boat, but I suppose that goes with the type of vehicle this is. It just isn't comfortable to take corners tightly.
The biggest thing (there I go again!) for me (and it might just be me) is the size. This thing just feels BIG. When I look over my shoulder inside, the back window seems like a mile away. Maybe you Suburban/Excursion owners would feel differently. The blind spot on the right side is pretty pronounced, and I'm that paranoid guy you see in mall parking lots creeping back out of a space because I can't see where I'm going. It does haul a load of people comfortably, though the 3rd seat is a little short on leg room.
The styling is, well, standard Toyota design. Not flashy, not inventive, but not ugly either. The front end looks much better with a brush guard.
Overall, it's a great piece of machinery, but I miss my more intimate ride. And for $40K, I wonder if it's worth it.
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