Toyota Sequoia Review
Category : Automotive
The 2016 Toyota Sequoia has been built for the purpose of taking loads of people from one place to another as well as for trailer- towing. For fulfilling these requirements, the Sequoia sacrifices quite a lot of fuel and a bit of maneuverability and handling. The car is actually based on the Chevrolet Suburban, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition. Design- wise the vehicle may find it difficult for some customers to take it seriously. All in all, a generously functional vehicle which may just be the thing one was looking for.
The Toyota Sequoia may look very imposing from the exterior. It looks sort of cartoonish because of its imposing huge chrome grill, flanks and tall hood and certain details like clunky door handles, flared fenders, rippled sheet metal and chromed mirrors. It may seem to a few people that Toyota has wanted to look huge with this vehicle. In the interiors, the Toyota Sequoia has a metallic matte plastic trim on a gauge area which covers a part of central console. It may look overwrought or odd to some. Other than that, the dash on this vehicle is quite functional and is equipped with a multi- compartment central console. The controls are large and simple.
A huge gasoline V-8 engine is what is needed for people who want to opt for the Toyota Sequoia. The larger option is better with its 5.7-liter V-8, six-speed auto and 381-hp. The power train is smooth and responsive. It can actually dash to 60 in only 6.7 seconds. Driving it on a curvy tight road may not be a very smooth experience though. 39 feet is turning radius of this vehicle. The brakes however are strong and big. The option of a 2- speed transfer is useful as well.
As far as seating space in the Toyota Sequoia is concerned, there is no cause for complaint. The seats are proportionate and the two rows in the first are quite roomy. The row in the back is however aimed at smaller people. The controls and design of the Toyota Sequoia are quite similar to the Tundra model. Auckland upholstery is not something to write about though there are quite a few small bins and cup holders. Ride quality is best when the vehicle has been loaded up to its maximum capacity.
As far as safety is concerned, the Toyota Sequoia is not a vehicle that has a lot of information. Not because it doesn’t want to give out information, only because the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested it yet and rated it.
That said, the Toyota Sequoia has all the safety features one can ask for in a vehicle of its category. Side curtain airbags, side and electronically stability control are all in their place.
The Toyota Sequoia has 3 models in its range: the SR5, the Limited, and the Platinum. The SR5 is the basic model which is aimed at the price- conscious buyers while the other two models are meant for more luxury- oriented buyers.
However, all the models are equipped with keyless entry, steering wheel which has leather trim, USB ports, auxiliary ports, cruise control, satellite radio with an 8 speaker music system, overhead console and Bluetooth. Optional features are premium audio, captain’s chairs in the middle row, DVD entertainment in the rear and a folding 3rd row bench. Platinum models get power hatch, JBL music system, a navigation system, heated mirrors and actual wood trim.