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2012 Toyota Sequoia Limited SUV

2012 Toyota Sequoia Review

(0 Stars)  Old-school SUV muscle.

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Overview
The Toyota Sequoia, which is based on the Tundra full-size pickup, is a huge, heavy beast that dates back to that not-so-long-ago era when gas prices were low and housing values were high. This Texas-built and Texas-size machine was Toyota's answer to biggies such as the Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Suburban. Third-row seats are standard fare, and the maximum towing capacity is 7400 pounds. The engine lineup consists of two brawny and thirsty V-8s. The base engine is a 4.6-liter that produces 310 hp, which is probably more than enough. The muscular 5.7-liter V-8 is still king, however (it also offers E85 capability in non-California-emissions states), and as a bonus its city fuel economy actually equals that of the smaller engine. Either way, no one is going to cross-shop the Sequoia with a Prius. Rather than economy, the Sequoia concentrates on luxury; iPod connectivity and Bluetooth are standard, and midlevel models get a backup camera as well as a power liftgate. Driving one is, well, nice. The big cozy driver's seat, the commanding view of the road, and a bottomless well of torque are pleasant reminders of the days when bigger really meant better. At the same time, the Sequoia's inescapable big-truck characteristics--poor body control, slow reflexes, and obscenely bad fuel economy--make clear that large crossovers are a much better option for large families.

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2012 Sequoia Limited Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.7L V eight-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 13 MPG city, 18 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 396 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
26.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 381 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 401 ft lb of torque @ 3,600 rpm

'12 Toyota Limited SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Rear Sunshade
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Limited Slip Differential
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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