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2003 Toyota Sequoia Sport Utility

4dr Limited 4WD (Natl)

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2003 Toyota Sequoia

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Introduction

Toyota Sequoia is among the best of the full-size SUVs. It's about the same size as a Ford Expedition, and slightly larger than a Chevy Tahoe. Like most Toyotas, it's very well engineered and offers the highest levels of quality, durability, and reliability. It's quiet and comfortable.

The Sequoia is a great family vehicle, a modern replacement for the traditional American station wagon, with three rows of seats capable of carrying eight passengers.

New options for 2003 include a DVD entertainment system for rear-seat rugrats. The package comprises a high-resolution screen that flips down from the headliner, a DVD player in the center console, wireless headphones, and an independent rear-seat audio system. Another new option for 2003 is hydraulic load leveling. Brake Assist has been added as standard equipment for 2003.

Model Lineup

Toyota Sequoia comes in two trim levels: SR5 and Limited. Both are powered by a 240-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models are available.

SR5 ($31,625) comes standard with power windows, mirrors and door locks, cruise control, automatic climate control, an AM/FM stereo with both cassette and CD players, ABS with brake assist, and 16-inch styled steel wheels.

Limited ($40,200) adds leather upholstery, dual-zone (front and rear) climate control, heated outside mirrors, JBL stereo, roof rack, and (new for 2003) P265/65R17 tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Both trim lines come standard with an electronic stability program to help correct a skid, and traction control to keep the wheels from slipping when accelerating in slippery driving conditions.

Walkaround

Sequoia takes its styling cues from the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup. Both are built in the same assembly plant at Princeton, Indiana.

Sequoia's front and rear doors are nicely integrated and fit proportionally with the rearmost seating and cargo area. The liftgate rear window actually rolls down, just like on those wood-paneled station wagons of the '60s and '70s.

The Limited model is distinguished by its fog lights, running boards, attractive alloy wheels, and rear spoiler. The overall look is clean, purposeful and, above all, big.

Interior Features

The Limited model is fitted with sumptuous leather seats, comfortable and heated.

Getting in and out of the Sequoia is a challenge, however. Although the Limited model comes with running boards (optional on the SR5) and grab handles mounted inside of the doorframes, you must be prepared to lift yourself up and into this vehicle. A big beast like the Sequoia requires some physical dexterity and for its occupants to be unafraid of heights: Once in, there's a commanding view from every seat.

The Sequoia is a champ if you have to transport lots of kids on a regular basis. We say "kids" because they're the only ones with the agility to hop over the middle-row to get to the third-row seats. Asking full-sized adults to crawl back there will likely cost you a few friends.

For carrying cargo, the third-row seats are easy to tumble forward to expand the cargo area. We found that left enough room for a jogging stroller, a baby backpack, and all the rest of the gear we needed for a day's worth of hiking. For maximum cargo carrying, you can remove the third-row seats and fold and tumble the second-row seats. Then there's enough space back there to clean out Toys 'R Us during a clearance sale.

Toyota's attention to detail can be seen everywhere in the Sequoia. The terrifically large bin between the front seats is split into two levels. The top level has a notepad holder and a place for coins. The bottom level has a molded, bookshelf-like CD holder to keep up to eight CDs from rattling around. There's enough room left over to hold a six-pack or a moderately sized purse. An overhead console holds sunglasses. The driver information center includes a compass, outside temperature, and fuel economy statistics, such as miles until empty, and overall and instant mpg. Double sun visors are provided. Other items make family outings a snap: multiple cupholders and storage bins scattered throughout the cabin; large openings for the rear doors which make installing child safety seats a breeze; front and rear air conditioning controls

The Limited version is very luxurious, almost like a Lexus in that regard, dual-zone automatic climate control, a killer JBL stereo with an available in-dash 6-CD changer, and every power-operated convenience feature you can imagine. Ours came with an enormous moonroof.

Nitpicks: The clock is mounted far too low in the center of the dash and is obscured by the climate control switches. And not all of us are enamored with the metal-tone trim in the Limited model.

Driving Impressions

Piloting the Toyota Sequoia on the open road is a pleasure. We love the smooth and powerful V8 engine. It's a marvel of a power plant, and this truck needs all of its 240 horsepower. The transmission, too, was seamless in operation. With such a long wheelbase and significant overall heft, the Sequoia delivers a comfortable ride on all types of roads.

Yet while our Limited was almost as luxurious as a Lexus, it wasn't nearly as quiet. Wind noise at highway speed wasn't obtrusive, but the cabin wasn't as hushed as a Lexus LS 430 sedan we recently drove.

The brakes work well, and come with Brake Assist. Brake Assist detects panic stops and increases brake pressure automatically to help reduce stopping distances.

There are two controls to activate the optional four-wheel drive system. The first is a simple button, located fairly low in the center of the dashboard. Pressing it will put the vehicle in 4 Hi, good for driving on snowy or slippery roads. It can be engaged on the fly without having to stop the vehicle. A traditional-looking shift lever between the front seats activates 4 Lo, a creeper gear used for extreme off-road use, such as descending a very steep hill.

Speaking of steep hills, Sequoia's active four-wheel traction control (TRAC), which comes standard on four-wheel-drive models, made it easy for us to drive straight up a set of moguls on a dry, gravel-covered ski slope at Big Sky, Montana. Instead of modulating the throttle, we simply held the gas down, and the Sequoia walked right up the hill, transferring torque to the tires with the best grip. Drop it into 4 Lo, and the system automatically locks the center differential for go-anywhere capability. Two-wheel-drive Sequoias come standard with rear-wheel traction control, though, obviously, they won't offer the mogul-climbing abilities of the four-wheel-drive models.

The skid-control feature, which is standard, helps the Sequoia maintain stability should it lose traction and begin to slid sideways. This electronic stability program selectively applies braking force to individual wheels to stop a skid, and it can really help you avoid an accident.

A two-wheel-drive Sequoia is rated to tow up to a 6500-pound trailer, while a 4x4 is rated to pull a 6200-pound trailer. Yet another new option for 2003 is a seven-pin towing connector that is compatible with electric trailer brakes.

Sequoia's luxury and comfort come with a price at the gas pump. The EPA says to expect only 14 mpg in city driving and a paltry 17 mpg on the highway. Forgoing 4WD ups the highway figure to 18 mpg. As you'd imagine from a vehicle of this size, the Sequoia is not easy to park. Parallel parking this hulk in downtown Austin, Texas, proved to be a humbling experience.

Summary

Toyota Sequoia has seating for up to eight (or five and lots of room to bring the dogs). It delivers a smooth, comfortable ride. It comes with lots of safety equipment, including traction and skid control, available front side-impact and head-level airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, available on-demand four-wheel drive, and the secure feeling that comes with driving a vehicle that weighs more than 5,000 pounds. It can pull a 6200-pound trailer.

Overall, the Sequoia is a marvelous truck. It's not the best daily family taxi in congested, urban areas, but it's unbeatable for family road trips.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: SR5 2WD ($31,625); SR5 4WD ($35,155); Limited 2WD ($40,200); Limited 4WD ($43,520)
Engines: 240-hp 4.7-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual airbags, ABS, brake assist, skid and traction control, three-point seatbelts in all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners
Safety equipment (optional): front side-impact and side curtain airbags
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Princeton, Indiana

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Limited 4WD ($43,520)
Standard equipment: automatic dual-zone climate control, power windows, mirrors and door locks, Premium JBL AM/FM/cassette/CD; leather seating surfaces, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, heated front and rear seats, running boards, fog lights, rear privacy glass, remote keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP): in-dash CD changer ($200); front side-impact and side curtain airbags ($500); rear spoiler ($200), daytime running lights ($40); power moonroof ($1,000)
Destination charge: ($510)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $45,970
Layout: four-wheel drive
Engine: 4.7-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 240 @ 4800
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 315 @ 3400
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 14/17 mpg
Wheelbase: 118.1 in.
Length/width/height: 203.9/78.0/76.2 in.
Track, f/r: 65.9/66.1 in.
Turning circle: 42.3 ft.
Seating capacity: 8
Head/hip/leg room, f: 41.1/59.7/41.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: 40.6/58.3/38.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.8/50.3/29.8 in.
Trunk volume: 127.9 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 6200 Lbs.
Suspension, f: independent
Suspension, r: live axle
Ground clearance: 10.6 in.
Curb weight: 5295 lbs.
Tires: P265/65R17
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc, with ABS and brake assist
Fuel capacity: 26.1 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of September 03, 2002.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.

N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-GO-TOYOTA - www.toyota.com

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Side Head Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*
7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**
1-year of Roadside Assistance***
160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection
CARFAX® Vehicle History Report"****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports" are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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