Toyota Sequoia Ratings
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2005 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x4
Pros: Safety feeling while you drive this vehicle. Programable HomeLink for up to 3 garage door openers. Front & Rear dual zone auto A/C.
Cons: Black was the only available color. No heated seats.
Advice: Try to finance this car vs. lease. They put us on a lease contract with Wells Fargo with high rent charges that basically waived the initial discount applied.We went to the dealer based on the heavy advertisment, claiming up to 7,300 discount from the MSRP price. Test drove it and felt in love with this SUV. This is our first full size SUV and third Toyota car. Handling is excellent, suspension is amazing, good acceleration and braking, plenty of room in front, second and third row seats. Two adults have enough room in the third row seat (I'm 6 ft. tall). Also went off-road during hunting season and vehicle handles deep snow without any fear.
2005 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x2
Pros: Comfortable third row seating/Running boards
Cons: Gas mileage so far
Advice: Be sure to confirm color of vehicle is in stock, certain colors are harder to come by.Although the Armada has the larger engine and towing capacity, I preferred the overall style and layout of the Sequoia. The seating for 8 would be a little tight for adults but the third row seats are definitely superior to the Armada. I enjoy the fact that the third row seating can be removed for additional cargo space as well. The running board is a must with a car that rides this high in my opinion, got the sports package and this is included. Handling is superior; drove a compact before this car and it took less than a day to get used to. Less positive notes are the Sequoia does not accelerate as quickly as I would have liked and the gas mileage is averaging around 15 MPG even though I have done mainly highway driving so far. These problems may have been partly due to the fact that I had six passengers with luggage :-). Overall the SR5 is a great value and a great SUV.
2004 Toyota Sequoia - Limited 4x2
Pros: Smooth / quiet ride.... also the 2nd row bucket seats w/center console... great for your teenage children.
Cons: Would prefer center console shifter rather than on steering column.
Advice: The fully loaded limited is difficult to find. So, when you do find it... grab it! If you must wait for the dealer to get one in... it will be worth it.After researching, shopping and driving. We did weeks of comparison of many SUVs. We had it narrowed down to the Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia. They seemed very similar in many aspects but the Sequoia, without a doubt had much less road noise and drove much smoother.
2004 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x4
Pros: Build quality and the new (282hp) engine.
Cons: The Sequioa needs better brakes.
Advice: Don't get taken by the horsepower wars. Consider the total vehicle before deciding.I purchased an 05 SR5 with cloth interior, sunroof, tow and JBL packages. I would have liked leather but couldn't find it on a SR5 Model. I selected the 05 model over getting a better deal on a left over 04. The reason being, more powerful engine (282 HP V 240 HP) and new for 05 - the 5 speed transmission. I never did get a chance to drive an 04 SR5 but I did drive a 04 4Runner with the V8 and it seemed quite a bit slower than the 05 SR5 Sequoia!My overall mileage seems to be about 15mpg on regular unleaded.
2003 Toyota Sequoia - Limited 4x2
Pros: The way it looks!
Cons: Severe blind spot with wide rear panel behind 2nd row. Gas guzzler! Repair costs!
Advice: I trusted the Toyota name and 2 previous Toyota purchase. Don't!Computer chip problem from the first month, dealer couldn't get one in the country for 5 months there were so many going out (checked 2 other dealers from other states & they concurred). Paint chips easily, tires didn't last long - before 40,000, rattles, have had it in 3 times for front end alignment and if starting up on a cold morning, sounds really rough. Rattles incessently, and wind noise on highway.DVD is always going out. Looks great, but not for price. I now call it the chunky monkey! :(
2004 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x4
Pros: Looks, refinement and reliability
Advice: BUY ITI have a 2001 Toyota Sequoia I purchased in November 2000. Absolutely the best rig I have ever had. It has been in the worst off-road conditions imaginable in Montana and nothing could beat it. I have had ford pick-ups, chevy suburbans and Toyota Land Cruisers in the Mountains of Montana. Nothing is as stable as the Sequoia. Power could be better on the highway but Toyota seems to take pride in under powered SUV's. The Lexus Flagship LX470 for $70K only has 230HP? Toyota should be utterly ashamed. A little more power would be helpful and a little better road handiling but this rig is S-M-O-O-T-H and quiet in all circumstances and has the best MPG in its class. Now I want a Lexus based on the Sequoia platform wuith too much HP. In addition, I payed $35K in 11/2000 and the rig still books(NADA Trade-in) for $24K 4 years and 70K miles later? Beat that.
2004 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x2
Pros: The looks
Cons: The vibration at higher speeds.
Advice: Great vehichle, expect a rougher ride at higher speeds.I love the looks of the vehichle. It handles very well in tight spaces offering very good visuals of sides and back for such a big vehicle. The power of the Sequoia is very good and speeds up very quick for its size, yet it is a bit jerky on the gas pedal and sometimes hesitant. The ride is great unless I am on some highways and I hit 70 mph, then I seem to get a big vibration throughout the cab. I do not know if this is normal or not, but I see the seat move side to side and it is annoying. I also love the cargo space and the fact I can take my family and friends places and I have both the space and power to feel comfortable.