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The 2016 Toyota Sequoia is rugged, old-school SUV at its heart. It excels at towing and carrying lots of people and cargo.
In those ways, it's less like its rivals than it sounds. Those competitors include full-size SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon, and the Ford Expedition—even Toyota's own Highlander. All have a little more versatility inside while similar in size to the Sequoia—and each has been significantly redesigned in the past few years to improve gas mileage and passenger comfort.
It doesn't take much to realize that the Toyota Sequoia is a big, brawny, truck-based SUV. It's larger than virtually anything else on the road today, unless you're looking at the crisply styled new GMC Yukon or Chevy Suburban, or Ford's Expedition.
The design is decidedly masculine—almost cartoonishly so—but its beefy front end has a truck-like gravity that no crossover can match, while its styling remains more handsome than softer minivan alternatives. The high beltline, tall hood, and imposing chrome grille add to the size and bulk, while its chromed mirrors, chunky door handles, rippled sheet metal and flared fenders all contribute to the musclebound madness.
There's only one engine available in the Toyota Sequoia, which is a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque that works well for shoppers who have towing in mind. That V-8 rumbles to life with some serious engine sounds, and nearly all of its torque—90 percent, in fact—is delivered at 2,200 rpm. That assists with the Sequoia's towing ability, especially in towing mode, where it can pull up to 7,400 pounds.
And when the load's a little lighter, this is an SUV that can really move; 0-60 mph acceleration can be as quick as 6.7 seconds—better than most other vehicles of this size and capability.
The Toyota Sequoia can seat up to eight passengers in comfort—especially those that ride in the first two rows. But some of today's car-based crossover SUVs best the Sequoia for interior comfort, space, and flexibility—among them, Toyota's own Highlander, which we think is a much more useful vehicles when families have the priority over towing.
In the first two rows, the Sequoia has no problem accommodating even taller adults, and the second row in particular has long doors that make getting in and out easier—although it does require a step up. Separately, dual captain's chairs are offered in back, reducing the capacity to seven. Front seats are wide and soft, and they don't provide much if any side support—although we don't anticipate you'll be doing around corners quickly.
Among larger traditional SUVs, the Sequoia is a standout for airbag protection. It includes not only dual stage advanced front air bags, seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags for all three seating rows, but also driver and front passenger knee bags.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.