2008 Toyota Sequoia User Reviews
SR5 4.7L 4X2 shown
- $20,097 - $31,700
- No trim specified for this review
- Comfort, perfect size, acceleration, appearance, and options (Limited)
- Nothing really.
Purchased As Used
I'll mention right away that I don't love Toyota and I dislike the Tundra - which many think this SUV is based on. The similarities are obvious - the front nose is the same, drivetrain, and dash, etc. The big difference (huge difference) is the fact that the Sequoia has a fully-boxed frame and the ride is noteably much better (less bounce) with its independent suspension.
The power is immediately available - several magazines have clocked sub-six seconds to 60 mph and the quarter in high 14s to low 15s. I haven't towed anything with it yet, but I'm sure I'll have no issues with that.
I test drove the Suburban and Expedition and honestly you can't fail with those either. I ended up settling for this SUV for it's magnificent handling, looks (subjective of course), and because they're known to hold their value quite a bit better. You do pay for that upfront as used ones are pricey - I say that from experience.
It drives like a much smaller vehicle. It's tight on corners, fast on the straightway, and completely comfortable in the front, second, and third rows. I'd opt for the Limited as it has a lot of nice options. The Nav system isn't Ford's Sync, but it is nice IMO. The sliding middle seat in the second row is convenient if you have a child seat and need to access the child from the 1st row. As someone mentioned earlier, it has a pedal behind the 2nd row that someone in the 3rd can press to release the seat forward. Also, the Sequoia has a neat ssliding second row and large rear doors to make accessing the 3rd much easier. All other large SUVs have tumbling 2nd rows. Try doing that with car seats in them!
As with all other large SUVs (Except Tahoe and Suburban), the third row folds flat at a flip of a switch. No more having to remove the bulky and heavy 3rd row.
Safety: has front and side-curtain airbags. The driver crash test score is 5/5 and 4/5 for the passenger. The Expedition and Tahoe/Suburbans both get 5/5 for both. However, the Sequoia does have a 4/5 rollover score versus 3/5 for the Expedition and Suburban.
I say test drive all of them - they're all pretty good and can get the job done. But for me, this brut SUV took 1st prize.
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