For 2006, the Toyota Sequoia undergoes only a cosmetic change: the SR5 model receives colour-keyed running boards and new 16-inch alloy wheels.

The largest vehicle in Toyota’s fleet – it’s hard to believe this behemoth comes from the same company that makes the environmentally-friendly Prius hybrid – the Sequoia comes in two trim lines, the eight-passenger SR5 and the seven-passenger Limited. Both use a 4.7-litre V8 with five-speed automatic transmission and Multi-Mode four-wheel-drive, which features shift-on-the-fly from rear-wheel to 4WD. Its automatic disconnecting differential provides the ability to run in 4WD on dry pavement.

The Sequoia is based on the full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck, but with its suspension dialed in for a softer ride. Unlike the Tundra, the Sequoia also has fully boxed frame rails throughout.

The SR5 includes CD/cassette with ten speakers, rear audio controls, wheel-mounted controls and two sets of headphones, front and rear dual-zone climate control, leather interior, driver and passenger power heated seats with power recline, 50/50 split removable third-row bench seat, power tailgate window, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped wheel, cargo mat, cruise, integrated garage door opener, keyless entry, 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, power sunroof, roof rack, tubular running boards, heated mirrors, intermittent rear wiper, fog lamps, and adjustable rear air suspension.

The Limited adds Optitron instrumentation, second-row captain’s chairs with removable centre console, driver’s position memory, six-CD stereo, rear seat DVD entertainment system, illuminated vanity mirrors, woodgrain trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, running boards, power folding mirrors and automatic headlamps.

The Sequoia’s size means comfortable seating for all passengers, even those in the third row of seats, with ten cupholders scattered throughout. Big and bulky, the Sequoia is more than a handful on downtown streets, and a chore to fit into inner-city parking spots, but if you need to move eight people around in comparative luxury, this truck can do it.

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