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Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV which can’t go unnoticed on the road. Its masculine profile & royal dimensions rouse fascination. Though, observers bemoan its fuel efficiency that appears to be worse than the car’s principal rivals demonstrate (i.e. GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition). Apart from that, the model is a worthy representative of SUV market. Take acknowledgement of this from Toyota Sequoia review.

Bodywork Outline

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia features 122 inches wheelbase & 205.1x77x79.9 inches dimensions. The bulky silhouette is differentiated by a sinewy front end, a high beltline, a tall hood, a conspicuous chrome-plated grille, rugged door handles as well as dilative fenders. Each ponderous detail adds to the vehicle’s solid bodywork.

Interior & Equipment

Similar to typical full-size SUVs, the Sequoia is ready to accommodate 8 passengers (2+3+3 layout). Optionally, it’s possible to order captain chairs for the second row; on such conditions, the cabin is available for 7 occupants only. Each seat boasts individual adjustments and might be reclined. Moreover, the second row of seats can slide fore & aft (by 5.9 inches) to provide for more legroom to the back-most passengers.

With all 8 seats in place, the chassis offers 18.9 c.f. of trunk space. By folding flat the back row of seats, you’ll get 66.6 c.f. of room; it might be enlarged up to 120 c.f. with both back rows folded down.

The trimming is average but of high quality. The fascia houses driver-friendly gauges & controls. The integrated Entune infotainment system with a touchscreen and audio controls is a long reach for the driver; besides, it’s required that the customer should install dedicated apps on his/her phone before connecting it to the car’s system. The cabin brags about smaller storage options, like bins, cup-holders and pockets.

Performance & Efficiency

New Toyota Sequoia, irrespective of the trim, comes fitted with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that generates 381 horsepower & 401 p-f of torque. The motor is mated with a totally independent suspension & a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission that directs power to the rear wheels. The customer is able to order a modification with an all-wheel drive system, adorned with a limited-slip differential and a low-range gearing. The latter SUV version accelerates to 60 mph for 6.9 seconds.

The RWD Sequoia returns 15 mpg in combined mode, 13 mpg in the city & 17 mpg in the highway. The 4WD model yields 14 mpg in combined driving mode, 13 mpg in the city & 17 mpg in the highway.

Trim Options

There is no other chance than mentioning about different trim levels in Toyota Sequoia review. For the 2016, Toyota has launched three modifications of a truck-style SUV: SR5, Limited as well as Platinum.

The Sequoia SR5, a base model, features 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a roof rack, front fog-lights, a wiper deicer, keyless entry, a rear privacy glass, and a power rear window. Inside, the car boasts split-folding seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, three-zone automatic climate control, sunshades as well an adjustable steering wheel.

In terms of equipment, the base SUV comes with Bluetooth phone, Entune Audio Plus system, Connected Navigation, a rearview camera, an 8-speaker audio, Siri Eyes Free smartphone voice commands, a satellite/HD radio, a USB/iPod interface, and an audio jack. Standard safety pack entails traction & stability control, antilock disk brakes, a kit of airbags, a rearview camera.

Besides, this trim is offered with Sport Package that adds 20-inch chrome-plated wheels, captain chairs and some sport-style accents. The Premium Package replenishes the list of facilities with leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver’s seat lumbar support, a 4-way front passenger’s seat adjustments.

To continue, the Sequoia Limited is shipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, dual parking sensors, power exterior mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen, and support for various smartphone apps (OpenTable & Pandora included).

Optionally, Toyota offers Safety & Convenience Package that adds a 14-speaker audio system, rear infotainment system with Blu-Ray and a single 9-inch display, and blind spot monitoring.

The Sequoia Platinum embraces all the above mentioned facilities, adding adaptive air suspension, adaptive cruise control, heated & ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, center console for the second-row section, driver memory functions, JBL stereo system, and some other advanced options.

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