CHANGES FOR 2013:

– 4.6L V8 option discontinued.
– Rear seat entertainment system can now play Blu-ray discs.

The Sequoia is a full-size SUV, built on a truck platform to do truck things, like tow and tangle with muddy, rutted roads. Large trucks like this are easy to like for their comfort and good visibility on the road. Do your research to make sure you really need this large a vehicle; the big engine and heavy curb weight make the Sequoia expensive to run as a daily driver. Toyota hasn’t made many significant changes to this beast in a few years, leading us to wonder if its maker is questioning the Sequoia’s relevance, at least within the Toyota lineup.

Based on the Toyota Tundra pickup, the Sequoia uses a 5.7L V8 mated to a six-speed automatic. All models use a part-time four-wheel drive system and feature three rows of seats. Trims are SR5, Limited, and Platinum. The 4.6L V8 is no longer an option.

Features on the SR5 include 18-inch alloy wheels, eight-speaker AM/FM/MP3/WMA/CD audio with steering wheel mounted controls, auxiliary and USB input, Bluetooth capability, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather heated seats, power 10-way driver seat, power 4-way passenger seat, 40/20/40 split/fold second row seat, 60/40 power split/fold third row seats, power locks, power windows with driver/front passenger auto-up/down, power rear door window, one touch 4WD, ATF temperature gauge, outside temperature gauge, oil pressure and water temperature gauges, auto-dimming rear view mirror with backup camera and digital compass, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, leather wrapped steering wheel, simulated leather door trim, carpeted and all-season floor mats, cruise control, digital clock, integrated garage door opener, map lights, front and rear clearance sonar, keyless entry, illuminated entry, rear privacy glass, moonroof, roof rails with cross bars, towing hitch with 4- and 7-pin wiring harness, electronic trailer brake control connecter, dual heated power adjustable side mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, fog lights, automatic headlights, headlight washers, airbags (front, front seat, side curtain, driver/front passenger knee), vehicle anti-theft system, front tow hook, and TPMS.

Limited trim adds 10-inch alloy wheels, 14-speaker JBL audio with 4-channel amplifier and 6-disc changer, steering wheel HVAC controls, driver seat and steering wheel memory, multi-information display, optitron gauges, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, tonneau cover, power rear door, rear door glass sunshade, chrome door handles/mirrors/rear trunk trim, body colour rear spoiler, power folding mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and blind spot monitor system.

Platinum trim adds rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 9-inch LCD display, audio/DVD remote control, wireless headphones (x2), DVD-based navigation with backup camera, XM real-time traffic capability, 7-inch LCD display, perforated leather seats, driver and front passenger heated and cooled seats, heated 2nd row captain seats, woodgrain and leather-wrapped steering wheel, woodgrain trim, dynamic laser cruise control, 2nd row centre console, and 120V power outlet; removes 6-disc changer, rear view mirror mounted backup camera.

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