For 2007, the Toyota Sequoia’s trim lines trim down: instead of the SR5 and Limited models in 2006, there is a single Limited trim line, which can be enhanced with a new Luxury Package.

Based on the full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the Sequoia uses a 4.7-litre V8 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The four-wheel drive system features shift-on-the-fly and automatic disconnecting differential, which allows the truck to run in 4WD mode on dry pavement. Unlike the Tundra, the Sequoia has fully-boxed frame rails throughout, and its suspension is tuned for a softer ride.

The standard Limited trim features 17-inch aluminum wheels, CD/cassette with ten speakers and rear audio controls, rear-seat DVD system, front and rear dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats with ten-way power driver and passenger adjustment, 60/40 split second-row bench seats, 50/50 removable third-row bench seat, power tailgate window, auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, power sunroof, power-folding heated mirrors, fog lamps, towing package and intermittent rear wiper/washer.

The Luxury Package swaps the second-row bench seat for captain’s chairs, giving it seven-passenger seating, along with driver’s memory seat and mirrors, woodgrain trim, and removable second-row centre console box.

The Sequoia’s massive size means comfortable seating for all passengers, even those in the third row of seats, with ten cupholders scattered throughout. It’s a chore to pilot this bulky vehicle on downtown streets, and even tougher to fit it into inner-city parking lots, but if you need to move a crowd in luxury this is the truck that can do it. The Sequoia receives few changes for 2007; expect it to undergo a considerable facelift next year, when it will probably follow in the footsteps of the redesigned Tundra.

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