in 2012 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $30,486 - $46,904
Original MSRP: $40,930 - $61,805
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Sequoia Interior

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Reviewers praise the 2012 Toyota Sequoia for its solid build quality and seat comfort, but some low-quality materials detract from an otherwise well-made interior.

  • "Interior materials disappoint for the money.” -- Car and Driver
  • "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 can seat up to eight when equipped with the standard middle-row bench seat. Middle-row captain’s chairs are optional. Test drivers say the Sequoia’s seats are comfortable, with a third row that’s fit for adults. One reviewer says the Sequoia’s second-row bucket seats are the best in the class.

  • "While the third-row seats in some SUVS are best reserved for children, the roomy … Toyota Sequoia comfortably accommodates adults in all rows." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Only adequate 6-footer head clearance (in the front seat), but legroom is bountiful and the seats are roomy, comfortable, and supportive. High ground clearance strains getting in and out; the available running-board steps are too narrow to be of much help.” -- 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. That’s a problem many people have with large SUVs like the Sequoia, though. Others register some disappointment with cut-rate materials.

  • "Sequoia shares its dashboard design with the Tundra and so suffers the same shortfalls of secondary gauges partially blocked from the driver's view by the steering-wheel rim. But Sequoia adds a plethora of controls to govern its many added features, such as the air suspension and rear climate system. Sequoia's main controls are large and clearly marked, but many of these smaller buttons are not conveniently placed or identified. Many controls reside too far to the passenger side of the console, a long stretch from the driver's seat. The navigation screen washes out in some sunlight conditions.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Aside from audio and navigation controls that are hard to reach, the Sequoia's interior is a triumph of ergonomics, storage bins and family-friendly conveniences.” -- Edmunds


The Toyota Sequoia offers only 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, but with the third row folded flat, that space expands to 66.6 cubic feet. With the second and third rows stowed, the Sequoia can hold up to 120.1 cubic feet of cargo. That bests nearly every other large SUV except the Chevrolet Suburban and the long-wheelbase versions of its platform mates, the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon.

  • "Sequoia is more than 1 foot shorter than a Suburban or Expedition, so cargo room behind the 3rd row is relatively limited; four rolling luggage bags set upright about max it out. But there's a full-width bin below the rear floor section, and the 2nd and 3rd rows fold even with the floor to create a long, flat expanse. The cabin is rife with cupholders, bins, pouches, and pockets.” -- Consumer Guide

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