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Pros: comfortable seating and great visibility
Cons: Trying to remove the third row seating by yourself is nearly impossible.
Advice: Test drive it, and don't look backWith 2 trips per year to Baja, I wanted plenty of room for cargo behind the two front seats, four wheel drive for water encounters, and a smooth ride. With only 245 horse power, frankly I was concerned that the Sequoia was underpowered for its size, weight, and cargo capacity. I've made the same trip with our Isuzu Axiom 4X4 that has a 240hp V6. We had added a roof rack to the Isuzu to take sufficient cargo, and with the roof rack our mileage dropped to 15. We did not need a rack with the Sequoia, and fully loaded (including a propane refrigerator for our Baja palapa), I was amazed at the power and efficiency of the Toyota. I averaged 17.7 mpg, there was plenty of power to pass and to climb mountains, and the vehicle provided a significantly smooter ride than in the lighter Isuzu. Don't be concerned that 245 horsepower won't be adequate for this vehicle. The mesh of the engine with the transmission provides a very smooth ride with more than enough power. Have fun!
Pros: Best overall design of any SUV on the road.
Advice: SR 5 gives you everything you need at a better price than the Limited.Smooth handling. Every row of seats comfortable & easiest access to third row seats. Split third row seats gives you more versatility. Great get up and go! Lap/shoulder belts for all passengers, plus the side curtain airbags. Fabulous vehicle!
Cons: 3rd seat legroom
Advice: noneThe vehicle drives great. very smooth and quiet on the road. It handles well. It does not wander on the road.
Pros: 4WD, Track trace
Advice: Buy other SUVThis SUV has critical Design Deffect The Oil Gauge meter is not function properly, it is not reflect realy oil Pressure, went to Dealer, they can not fix it except accepted this was defect from Toyota. Another critical deffect is, there are coolant pipe lines routed under bottom of this SUV, but they are not protected at all, If you plan drive off the road sometime, they could be hit by little wood or rock, they will break, then you will be in big problem, sitting at middle of nowhere and wait long time for help. This is not covered by warranty too, so you will pay big bucks to get it fixed. I had my 2003 SUV coolant piple broken by a piece of rock bump of the HW by the tires at Intersate HW. So my recommendation is, do not buy this SUV until you sure you will not drive off road or you willl watch the road very closely all the time. This SUV is not designed for OFF ROAD Drive !!! Another minor problem I faced is there are some noise around the dash board, looks like some electrical switch jump on and off. It is hard to ask dealer fix it, because it is not happen all the time, it just happened when you driving the car.
Cons: Under powered braking system.
Advice: Consider a different vehicle.This car is very good value for the money. The interior has a flexible design and is set up to truly handle 8 passengers. Have had it a year now and my chief complaint is the under powered braking system and how fast it burns through brakes. Got only 13k off the brakes and 18k for tires. Also, when the skid control kicks in, there is dangerous acceleration delay.
Pros: true 8 passenger seating
Cons: plastic covers on the outlets
Advice: if you have another SUV, test drive this oneI have a 2001 Limited and love it. I traded in a 2000 Eddie Bauer Expedition that was much less than I expected for the money... The only problem I've had is the handle on the cargo door broke off (maybe from my 3 year old swinging on it). I get 19 miles per gallon on 87 octane around town chauferring kids. I needed the 8 seats, and no mini-van can give you the room this has. The second row has more head/leg room than the front. No other SUV 3rd row can compare.
Pros: Seating for eight and it's beautiful!
Advice: Buy the SR5 and upgrade.....the limited is not worth itWow, what a beauty! I owned a 2001 Highlander Limited(which I adored!), but needed more seating. I actually went to trade-up for a 7 seat highlander, but the Sequoia was a much better value...especially at the SR5 model. I was a little intimidated at first by the size, but ultimately impressed by it's smooth handling. My 3 kids and husband love it for the room. I had the dealer add the leather seating. We'll add the DVD player later too.....