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2007 Toyota Sequoia Performance

This performance review was written when the 2007 Toyota Sequoia was new.

Reviewers generally give the 2007 Toyota Sequoia high praise for its performance. Car and Driver says, "This one has a ride that is luxurious, pogo-stick-free, bounceless. It has great V-8 power and a soothing silence inside the cabin."

Acceleration and Power

Under the hood, the Sequoia boasts a 4.7-liter DOHC 32-valve i-FORCE V8 engine that puts out 273 horsepower and 314 pound-feet of torque that AutoMedia.com calls "as slick as warm butter sliding off a stack of pancakes." According to the EPA, the 2WD model is rated at 14 miles per gallon in the city and 17 on the highway, while the 4WD gets 13/17 city/highway, numbers that are "nothing to brag about, of course," according to MSN -- but are "about the same as competitors Expedition and Tahoe."

The Sequoia's engine -- which features variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and an electronic throttle control system -- accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 9.1 seconds, which Car and Driver says is "within the range of vehicles in this class, and cruising at 65 to 80 mph on the open road offers silent running with silky comfort." MSN says the V8 works smoothly, and "even with all the vehicle bulk it has to move down the road, the engine gave me enough 'oomph' to get around left-lane hogs several times during the test drive. And that was with the left-laners speeding up to try to prevent me from getting by them." Though reviewers note the V8 power is not exactly explosive, Edmunds says, "The 2007 Toyota Sequoia offers fully adequate acceleration and an overall refined demeanor that family-oriented buyers will find appealing."

While the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that the Sequoia lags behind some of its competitors in horsepower, the reviewer still feels the engine "proved easily capable of running at posted speed limits." But the New York Times offers a complaint -- that "the engine was noisy whether accelerating normally or being pushed toward its limits on a dry, quiet highway." However, Cars.com had the exact opposite experience, noting, "The engine is quiet, and no other sounds are bothersome."

The V8 is paired with a five-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive transmission that Cars.com describes as an "easy-action automatic ... that's controlled by a column-mounted gearshift." A final plus to the powertrain is that the V8 is rated as an ultra-low emission engine.

Handling and Braking

Reviewers generally praise the 2007 Sequoia's handling. Edmunds sums up: "Whether on city streets or dirt trails, the Sequoia handles well for a full-size SUV, providing both a smooth ride and easy maneuverability around turns." However, Forbes notes that "the Toyota Sequoia offers a smooth ride in a straight line, but handling is on a par with most large SUVs, meaning you'll feel its bulk in sharp turns."

Speed-sensing power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering gives the Sequoia a curb-to-curb turning circle of 42.3 feet, which MSN notes is "bigger than that of the Expedition and Tahoe, too, making the vehicle a bit more cumbersome to turn around." Similarly, several reviewers note that maneuvering in tight quarters can be "a nightmare," as Car and Driver puts it. The reviewer continues, "Rearward visibility, hampered by headrests and a high backlight, offers the unfortunate option of parking with the Braille system while dreaming about one of those remote television cameras employed on giant recreational vehicles. The Sequoia, and other similarly sized SUVs, can be legitimate pains in the ass to navigate when employed for normal transportation."

Despite that, MSN writes, "Although rather heavy, the steering is quick. It allows this truck, which weighs from 5,070 to 5,295 pounds, to be steered much like a car." Reviewers are also very pleased with the Sequoia's coil-spring independent double-wishbone front suspension and five-link coil-spring live axle rear suspension, which contribute to "an excellent highway ride," according to Cars.com. "You feel the bumps, but the suspension absorbs the brunt of road imperfections. The Sequoia takes curves better than expected, and little steering correction is needed on straightaways." The Limited model is available with an optional self-leveling air-suspension system, which Automobile.com says sufficiently "soaked up road degradation." Forbes also likes the optional rear load-leveling suspension, which "automatically compensates for the weight of added passengers and/or payload."

The Sequoia has power-assisted four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with load-sensing proportioning valve, and anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Reviewers largely praise the brakes for their confident stopping power. Car and Driver says, "Straight-line stability is first-rate, considering the vehicle's high-rise architecture. The Sequoia hauled itself from 70 mph to a dead stop in 204 feet, which is very good for a 5251-pound vehicle."

Automobile.com similarly notes that "acquiring maximum braking performance was not difficult." However, the reviewer adds that "unfortunately, the momentum carried by the truck's significant mass resulted in emergency stopping distances that felt on the long side to me." MSN also has a complaint about the ease of using the brake pedal, commenting: "There is a rather sizable gap between the accelerator and brake pedals -- big enough for me to fit my whole foot and miss the brake pedal altogether on one occasion."

Off-Roading

Reviewers see the Sequoia's off-roading prowess as ideal for family camping trips and adventures up snowy mountains to the ski lodge. "For bounding down rutted forest roads, climbing dirt roads, or navigating small stream beds, Sequoia handles the duties with ease," says the Washington Times. The optional four-wheel-drive system can be turned on and off with the push of a button, prompting the reviewer to caution, "the 4WD Sequoia is meant for less involved off-roaders: those who like their SUVs to perform with as little input as possible (those who like to be driven rather than to drive). So there are no rock-stomping low gears."

Likewise, the New York Times calls the full-time four-wheel-drive system "a complicated affair that combines dashboard buttons with a shifter on the center console." But despite any criticisms about the system's ease of use, reviewers like the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette say the 4WD makes "driving it in snow...a snap. It just plows right through -- no rocking, vibrating or other complaints from it."

The 4WD Sequoia features a healthy 10.6 inches of ground clearance and Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) technology. Two-wheel-drive models come standard with rear-wheel traction control, and all models come with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). Automobile.com explains, "Working closely with the antilock brake system and the electronic engine control module (ECM), A-TRAC uses sensors and actuators to apply braking and restore traction to a slipping wheel while the ECM modulates engine power to eliminate the propensity to overwhelm the remaining drive wheels."

While these are useful tools, Motor Trend reports a learning curve: "Between the traction control and engine-management system run by computers monitoring wheelslip, more than a few comments were made about the VSC taking power away at the wrong times and how odd it feels to hold the gas pedal down and let the vehicle find the traction it needs for steep inclines-inching, clawing, and grabbing at the ground." 4-Wheel & Off-Road similarly says that "even during the off-road heroics, Sequoia sometimes slowed and stumbled because of the traction control. VSC was switchable, and the truck worked best off-road with it off. But A-TRAC is always there when 4x4 is engaged, like it or not."

Towing

The Toyota Sequoia has a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds on two-wheel-drive models and 6,200 on the four-wheel-drives. Several reviewers, including Car and Driver, list the capacity as limited for an SUV in this class. The Car Connection concludes that the Sequoia is "probably not the best SUV for many of the tasks SUV owners regularly ask their trucks to perform." Edmunds also cautions buyers that "its rivals offer significantly higher towing capacities, though, so if this is a priority, one of them will probably suit you better."

A towing hitch receiver and wiring harness with a seven-pin converter is available as an individual option or with one of the optional Alloy Wheel packages.

Review Last Updated: 10/8/07

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