There comes a time when any rapidly expanding family unit must sit down and decide, “Do we really want to wind up driving the Partridge Family’s old bus or should we stop with the kids now and get a big (and we mean big) SUV?" Now this may sound like the introduction to an article about Mormon sister wives or some alien worshipping cult but there are lots of American families who need a vehicle that can carry 7 or 8 adults in comfort. The 2012 Toyota Sequoia Platinum Edition 4x4 does just that - and it makes it look easy.
More so than in any vehicle we have tested, the Sequoia proved to be the most capable at keeping young kids from being able to tease and start fights with each other which may qualify it for something with the Nobel committee. The 2012 Toyota Sequoia underwent just a few small changes for the 2012 model year including a new tow safety package that helps keep the bulky items on the trailer behind you under control. Remember, this SUV can tow 7,000 pounds thanks to its brutally powerful 5.7 liter 381 horsepower/401 lb. feet of torque V8 which is also the picture of Lexus-like refinement. This engine and its 6-speed automatic are smoother, quicker reacting and mark out one of the true highlights of the overall package.
Somehow, though, we think that perhaps Toyota went a little overboard when it decided to “supersize” this second generation of Sequoia. Now, we aren’t saying that this rather corpulent looking SUV would cause the elastic on a pink Snuggie to scream out in agony but we must admit that this vehicle earned the nickname “Large Marge” during a one week visit with us. In truth, that moniker had only a little bit to do with its size and even more with how many times we had to refill the 26.4 gallon fuel tank.
Also, the truck driving character “Large Marge” in the 1980’s classic “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” would have felt right at home piloting this monster SUV. No doubt as she dropped off her passengers in the dead of night at their local Toyota dealer you could have heard her cry, “tell ‘em Large Marge sent you.” So, if you feel you need an SUV with this much room, power, features and capability then we dare you to tell your Toyota dealer that “Large Marge” did indeed send you. The worst thing is they’ll think you’re a little bit nuts, which never hurt come negotiation time.