Toyota Sequoia Interior
Reviewers generally feel that the 2007 Toyota Sequoia's interior is roomy, refined and kid-friendly. The eight-seat SUV "boasts the best build and materials quality in the large SUV class," according to Edmunds.
Reviewers rave about the Sequoia's seating versatility, which includes three rows and enough room for eight. Edmunds praises, "There's ample room in all three rows to make the Sequoia useful as a carpool vehicle." Edmunds also adds that "ergonomics are generally good and the materials are generally high in quality."
MSN speaks highly of the Sequoia's front seats, nothing they are "especially comfortable and there are smooth controls and high-quality materials." notes that there are plenty of useful positioning adjusters for the driver's seat. However, "if you're long-legged, you could find yourself too close to the pedals, in spite of the generous 41.6 inches of legroom Toyota quotes."
Second-row seats are 60/40 split/fold/recline and tumble units -- a big help when passengers need to get to the third row. A lever on the curbside of the second seat releases a spring-loaded mechanism that drops the seatback and flips the entire seat forward, clearing a path to the rear. But while the third row is quite functional, it's still a tight squeeze. "As in most large SUVs, putting three kids three across in the third row is too close for comfort," says Edmunds.
A helpful feature is that the third row seats are 50/50-split seats, meaning they too can fold, recline and tumble -- and can slide forward and back to adjust either passenger legroom or rear cargo area. At 52 pounds apiece, they can even be removed completely. AutoMedia.com says, "The third row of the Sequoia really does offer headroom for an average-size person up to about six feet tall." Auto Mall USA gives the back row credit as well, noting that "asking full-sized adults to crawl back there isn't likely to cost you a few friends."
The majority of reviewers find the Sequoia is well-equipped with standard features. The SR5 comes standard with power windows, mirrors and door locks, cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate control, power front seats and an AM/FM stereo with both cassette and CD players. The Limited model adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power slide-and-tilt moonroof and a 10-speaker JBL stereo system. MSN pays special praise to the moonroof (optional on the SR5), which "didn't appear to create the normal buffeting wind sound when opened."
For those that want more out of their interior, Auto Mall USA notes that "Toyota allows its customers more flexibility with optional equipment than many manufacturers. The SR5 can be equipped with most of the Limited content in several option packages." As for the Limited model, "Options for the Limited model are, well, limited," Auto Mall USA continues. But interested buyers can still add a DVD entertainment system, rear-seat audio and an in-dash CD changer.
Cargo volume in the Sequoia is 128.1 cubic feet, with 65.3 cubic feet behind the middle seats and 26.6 behind the rear seats. Though the manufacturer says this is more capacity than the Sequoia's competitors, Edmunds points out that "the company fudged this number a little by taking the measurement with the second-row seats unbolted from the floor (an operation that requires hand tools and elbow grease)."
Regardless, cargo space doesn't disappoint. Thesays that "even with that third seat, you easily should get a set of golf clubs and a suitcase in the cargo hold. Or, pull the lever at the bottom of the third seat and it slides forward so you can store two sets of clubs and two pieces of luggage. Or, pull another lever and the third seat backs fold flat for even more clubs and luggage. Or, pull another lever and the third seat back folds flat and the bottom flips forward or pull another lever and the third seat flips, folds and removes and... you get the picture."
In addition to spacious cargo room, the Sequoia boasts lots of cabin storage, including "more stowage compartments (ditto cupholders -- 10 -- and power plugs) in walls, doors and seat backs than you could fill," according to theAutoMedia.com especially likes the four hooks behind the third-row seat for plastic grocery bags. "If you can't stash it, stow it or hang it up in here, maybe it doesn't need to come along in the first place," the reviewer says..