in 2011 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $27,648 - $42,679
Original MSRP: $40,930 - $61,305
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2011 Toyota Sequoia Interior

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The 2011 Toyota Sequoia’s interior receives much praise for its solid build quality, yet many reviewers complain about interior controls that are placed too far away from the driver. They also note that the gauges can be obstructed by the steering wheel.

  • "Those clever Toyota engineers have definitely raised the bar as far as comfortable seating, ease of ingress and egress, and overall convenience is concerned." -- Four Wheeler


Most reviewers say that the seats in the 2011 Toyota Sequoia are comfortable. The large SUV can seat up to eight when equipped with a second-row bench (the Platinum trim replaces the second-row bench with captain's chairs). All rows slide to allow for more leg room and the biggest surprise is that reviewers say the third-row seat is fit for adults -- a rarity in any SUV.

  • "As the driver up front, you can enjoy the heated or cooled, 10-way-adjustable captain's chair." -- Four Wheeler  
  • "The Sequoia can seat up to eight people in its three rows of seats, which can be covered in either fabric or leather. The second row slides out of the way when you lift a lever, making it easy to get to the third-row seats. " -- Cars.com
  • "The seats say it all about the Toyota Sequoia: They're big, wide and comfy. Everything else beyond that point is just details." -- Dallas Examiner
  • "Third-row access is one-pull simple, and on some models the 60/40 third row folds and reclines electrically, a chore second-row riders must do manually. The three-section middle bench slides fore and aft, the center section travels further forward so your child-seat reach is within reason." -- Truck Trend
  • "Third-row comfort is adult-adequate, as is room with the 2nd row less than halfway back." -- Consumer Guide 

Interior Features

While reviewers tend to like the Sequoia's interior features, a few complain that some controls can be difficult to reach. Others register some disappointment at cut-rate materials. Still, on the upgraded trims, reviewers like the cabin materials, which some say wouldn't be out of place on a Lexus.

  • "Audio and navigation controls are nearly impossible to reach while driving." -- Edmunds
  • "This may be the only 'ute where the optional seven-inch nav screen is closer to the passenger than the driver, and the reach wouldn't be noticed as much if the passenger were allowed to key in info on the move. . . . Three-zone climate control is standard and supports wide temperature gradients via dash, floor, and four overhead rear vents." -- Truck Trend
  • "You can drown out your seven other passengers with a 14-speaker JBL designed audio system, or ignore them while studying your forward progress on the 7-inch navigation screen. Get a phone call? Answer it via the hands-free Bluetooth voice recognition system accessed on the steering wheel." -- Four Wheeler
  • "A dashboard of hollow-sounding plastic panels and a cut-rate feel to some of the main controls are at odds with Sequoia's otherwise solid build quality." -- Consumer Guide


The Toyota Sequoia has good cargo room for the class, but what reviewers particularly like is that the third-row seat can be folded into the floor. In class leaders like the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe, bulky third-row seats must be removed from the car to maximize cargo space.

  • "With the Sequoia, there is no need to remove bulky, cumbersome seats in order to haul big stuff." -- Four Wheeler
  • "The button for the power rear hatch is located at about eye level on the D-pillar (and not on the hatch's bottom edge) and requires a second or two of pressing to get the door to begin closing. The problem is that to press the button, you must be under the hatch. Bonk." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seatbacks do power-fold, however, for easier cargo loading. That's good because cargo room is limited behind the third row seats. " -- Dallas Examiner

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