It is a full-sized SUV introduced in 2000. Toyota Sequoia is assembled and manufactured by the Toyota Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton, Indiana. The design and style of the Sequoia is based on the Toyota Tundra pickup truck except for the fact that the Sequoia features an independent rear suspension. As for price, Sequoia stands between the mid-sized 4Runner and Toyota’s flagship Land Cruiser SUV.
The Sequoia is regarded as one of the largest SUVs marketed under the Toyota brand. Compared to Land Cruiser, both Sequoia and Land Cruiser offer eight passenger seats, but the former is slightly larger than the latter, offering spacious leg room for the second and more particularly third row. Also, it has spacious cargo capacity. The other difference lies between drivetrains, i.e. the Sequoia is offered as 2WD and 4WD isn’t permanent as that of Land Cruiser. Another difference between the two is that Land Cruiser is an upmarket and luxurious vehicle that led the basis for the Lexus LX. By the end of 2010, the Sequoia is offered for sale in United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico and Middle East.
First Generation (2001-2007)
The first generation Sequoia was initially revealed by the company in different Auto Shows in 1999 and 2000, however the production started in late 2000 as 2001 model year. All the major components including driveline, engine, and certain sheetmetal body components are same as used in Tundra. Also, the vehicle the same basic chassis with Tundra except for the rear disc brakes and a more refined multi-link live axle rear suspension. Compared to competitors, it was larger than Chevrolet Tahoe and almost similar in dimensions to the Ford Expedition. Dana Corporation is accountable for providing the frame assemblies and driveshafts.
The vehicle is offered in two trim levels including SR5 and Limited and both of them are offered as 2WD and 4WD versions. Vehicle Stability Control is offered as standard. In 2005, a mild updated version was introduced that offered more power with new VVT-i engine mated to 5-speed automatic transmission. LED-backlit gauges and an in-glass antenna were also introduced.
Second Generation (2008-Presnet)
The second generation Sequoia was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show as 2008 model year in 2007. The new generation model is also shared its platform with the Tundra with some slight modifications, such as a fully-boxed frame, a rear independent suspension based on double wishbones with coil springs, and a locking center differential on 4WD versions.
There are total three trim levels that are offered for second generation Sequoia, SR5, Limited and the new Platinum. The base model receives the same ULEV compliant 4.7-liter 2UZ-FE 276 horsepower (206 kW) V8 engine used in the previous models. The SR5 receives this 4.7-L engine as standard where as the Limited and Platinum models receive a standard 5.7-liter V8 engine. 4-wheel drive (4WD) is offered on all the available models. Depending on the trim level and other specifications, the price of the vehicle ranges from $34,000 to $55,000.