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2004 Toyota Sequoia Sport Utility

4dr SR5 (Natl)

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2004 Toyota Sequoia

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Base Price (MSRP) - $31,625
As Tested (MSRP) - $46,078

Introduction

Toyota Sequoia is among the best of the full-size SUVs. It's nearly the same size as a Ford Expedition, and slightly larger than a Chevy Tahoe. Like most Toyotas, it's very well engineered and offers high levels of build and finish quality, and Toyota offers some of the highest customer satisfaction and long-term reliability ratings in the auto industry. The Sequoia is every inch a truck, but it's very comfortable and relatively quiet.

The Sequoia is a good vehicle for large families, particularly for those who pull trailers. It offers three rows of seats capable of carrying eight passengers. Though big, it's surprisingly maneuverable. It's great for towing.

All models are well equipped, and Toyota has enhanced value for 2004 by adding equipment without raising the base price. The less expensive SR-5 model adds standard dual-zone front and rear climate control and power front seats. The high-trim Sequoia Limited now comes standard with a power moonroof.

If the space, towing capacity and off-road capability of a truck-based, full-size sport-utility are what you need, the Toyota Sequoia is hard to beat.

 

Model Lineup

The 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. Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive are available.

The SR5 ($31,625) comes standard with power windows, mirrors and door locks, cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate control, power front seats, an AM/FM stereo with both cassette and CD players, ABS with brake assist, and 16-inch styled steel wheels. Four-wheel-drive ($3,530) is extra on both models.

The Limited ($40,900) adds leather upholstery, heated seats and outside mirrors, color-keyed body, premium JBL stereo with 10 speakers, a power slide-and-tilt moonroof, a roof rack and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Both trim lines come standard with a lot of safety equipment. The electronic stability control system can help correct a skid when cornering. Traction control keeps the wheels from slipping when accelerating in slippery driving conditions. Front airbags are standard, as are three-point seat belts for all eight places. Front side-impact and head-protection airbags are optional ($500).

Toyota allows its customers more flexibility with optional equipment than many manufacturers. The SR-5 can be equipped with most of the Limited content in several option packages. These include a Preferred Package ($1,770) with the leather and premium stereo with a six-disc in-dash changer. An Alloy Wheel Package ($1,835) adds P265/65 R17 tires on 17-inch rims, color-coordinated fender flares and running boards, rear privacy glass, a towing receiver hitch, seven-pin wiring harness converter and high-power alternator. The Convenience Package ($255) includes heated outside mirrors, a trip computer with compass, outside temperature, current and average fuel consumption and fuel range functions, and a HomeLink universal transceiver. Stand alone options for the SR-5 include the power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade ($1,000), roof rack ($220), remote keyless entry ($245), trailer package ($380)), the premium stereo with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer ($715), rear-seat audio controls ($240) and a rear-seat entertainment package with a DVD viewer and the rear audio controls ($1,770).

Options for the Limited model are, well, limited. They include the DVD entertainment system, rear-seat audio, in-dash CD changer ($200), a rear self-leveling suspension ($360), and a rear spoiler ($200).

 

Walkaround

Sequoia's overall look is clean, purposeful and, above all, big. The Sequoia takes its styling cues from the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup. Both are built at the same assembly plant in Princeton, Indiana. Sequoia may be the most conservatively styled full-size SUV available. The rear looks more like a minivan than a truck.

Sequoia's front and rear doors are nicely integrated and fit proportionally with the rearmost seating and cargo area. They swing open and closed with exceptional lightness, but shut with a nice, secure thunk. The window in the rear liftgate actually rolls down, just like those on the wood-paneled station wagons of the '60s and '70s. That's good, because this is a big vehicle. The liftgate swings so high that it's a long stretch for people five-feet tall, even with the hanging assist strap.

Sequoia's overhangs, particularly the front, are short, so the approach and departure angles are good for off-roading. The Limited model has body colored wheel arches, mirrors and molding, as opposed to black. It's also distinguished by its fog lights, running boards and standard alloy wheels. Toyota hasn't taken to the trend of decking its SUVs with big swathes of black vinyl or plastic, and in our view that's good.

 

2004 Toyota Sequoia

Interior Features

Getting in and out of the Sequoia can be a challenge, particularly for smaller children and Grandma. Running boards are available and are immensely helpful, along with the grab handles mounted just inside the doorframes. But you must be prepared to lift yourself up and into this vehicle. A big beast like the Sequoia requires some physical dexterity, and that its occupants not be afraid of heights.

Once in, there's a commanding view from every seat. The big, sumptuous leather seats in the Limited model are extremely comfortable, and heated.

Controls follow Toyota's classic, and handy, standard: Lights on the left stalk, wipers on the right. Stereo and climate-control buttons and knobs are larger than those in most vehicles and are clustered in a pod in the center of the dash. Indeed, the temperature and fan dials are the largest in the Sequoia, and that takes a little getting used to. Our instinct was to change the interior temperature when we wanted to adjust the volume. All switches have a satisfying feel, but we have a couple of nitpicks. The clock is mounted too low in the center of the dash, and obscured from view by the climate-control switches. And not all of us are enamored with the metal-tone trim that adorns the switch clusters on the doors and dash.

Toyota's attention to detail can be seen everywhere inside the Sequoia. The terrifically large bin between the front seats is split into two levels. The top level has a fold-out clipboard and spring-loaded coin slots. The bottom level has a molded, bookshelf-like CD holder to keep up to eight CDs from rattling around, but there's enough room left over to hold a six-pack or a moderately sized purse. The door pockets are narrow, but there are two open bins at the front of the console, lined with rubber and deep enough to keep cell phones or wallets from sliding around. An overhead console holds sunglasses. The driver information center includes a compass, outside temperature gauge, and fuel economy statistics, such as miles until empty and mpg.

The three-passenger second-row seat is big, contoured and comfortable. The seat backs recline over a broad range, and the rear audio and climate controls on Sequoia's so equipped are prominently placed on the rear of the big center console, within easy reach of all three second-row seating positions, as well as those in front. The seat itself splits 60/40 to fold.

The Sequoia is a champ if you have to transport lots of kids on a regular basis. We say kids because they'll have the most energy and agility to hop over the middle-row to get to the third-row seats. Nonetheless, asking full-sized adults to crawl back there isn't likely to cost you a few friends. A lever on the curbside of the second seat releases a spring-loaded mechanism that drops the seatback and flips the entire seat forward. It clears a fairly wide path to the rear, and the middle seat is easy to plop back once passengers are aboard.

The three-place third row is about as good as they get. Legroom is limited compared to the second row, but the seatbacks recline and there's ample headroom. Further, the entire third row also slides fore/aft over a range of eight inches, to adjust for more legroom or more storage behind the seat. With the third seat up and all the way forward, there's room behind for a large suitcase and a couple of carry-on bags.

For more cargo space, the third-row seats are easy to tumble forward, or they can be removed completely with a bit more effort. With them tumbled, we found enough room for a jogging stroller, a baby backpack and all the rest of the gear needed for a day hike. 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.

Indeed, the Sequoia offers more cargo space in any of its configurations (third seat in place, folded, etc.) than any of its competitors. Its maximum cargo volume of 128.1 cubic feet beats Ford Expedition (110.5 cubic feet), Chevy Tahoe (104.6) and the new Nissan Pathfinder Armada (97.1).

At the back of the Sequoia, you'll find the same attention to detail as in front, with lots of things that make large family outings easier. The rear seat has two working cupholders and two large storage bins on each side, and foot vents delivering forced air. The rear passenger door openings are large, which makes installing child safety seats a breeze. There are tie-down points for cargo, an optional rear cargo cover and four 12-volt power points spread through the cabin. The optional DVD player has a high resolution-screen that stows neatly in the headliner, but it doesn't come with the wireless headphones most competitors offer.

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

 

2004 Toyota Sequoia

Driving Impressions

Piloting the Toyota Sequoia on the open road is a pleasure. We love the powerful V8 engine. It's a marvel of a smoothness and efficiency, with an ultra-low (ULEV) emissions rating. The transmission, too, was impressively smooth, responsive and seamless in operation. With such a long wheelbase and significant overall heft, the Sequoia delivers a comfortable ride on all types of roads, even with its heavy-duty, truck-style solid rear axle.

Sequoia weighs in at a substantial 5300 pounds, and it needs all of the V8's horsepower and 315 pounds-feet of acceleration producing torque. Get-up-and-go is better than adequate in all circumstances, and the Sequoia will cruise comfortably at speeds much higher than the state troopers advise. Yet if towing is a priority, Sequoia comes up just a little short. Its engine has more power and torque than the standard V8 in either the Ford Expedition or Chevy Tahoe, but both of those big SUVs offer more powerful engines optional. Nissan's new Pathfinder Armada tops the class with its standard engine. As a result, all three competitors are rated for heavier towing loads than the Sequoia (a maximum 6200 pounds with four-wheel drive).

While our Sequoia Limited was impressively smooth and almost as luxurious as a Lexus, it wasn't quite as quiet. Wind noise at highway speed wasn't obtrusive, but the cabin wasn't as hushed as a Lexus LS 430 sedan. Of course, we didn't expect it to be, and compared to its big SUV competitors, the Sequoia ranks high at limiting the amount of undesirable noise inside.

The big, ventilated disc brakes work very well. They come with electronic Brake Assist, which detects panic stops and increases brake pressure automatically to help reduce stopping distances. This system works so well, that we feel compelled to offer a word of caution. The overall refinement of Sequoia's ride, handling and braking might allow a driver to loose track of how big this vehicle is, and how much mass and momentum that must be overcome to turn or stop it.

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 snow-covered roads or muddy terrain. 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 power to the tires with the best grip and limiting power whenever wheelspin was detected. 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.

Electronic stability control, which comes 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.

All in all, this big SUV is very drivable, exceptionally comfortable and luxurious. Of course, 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. The 2WD versions up the highway figure to 18 mpg. And as you'd imagine from a vehicle of this size, with a large turning radius, the Sequoia is not easy to park. Parallel parking this hulk in downtown Austin, Texas, proved to be a humbling experience. Like its relative cargo volume and interior accommodations, these issues should be weighed when considering the Sequoia or any full-size SUV over a mid-size like Toyota's 4Runner and Highlander.

 

2004 Toyota Sequoia

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.

The Sequoia's strengths versus its full-size competition include its overall smoothness, outstanding build quality and finish, impressive interior accommodations and space. Its weaknesses are few, confined to the lack of an optional engine and lower towing capacity. It can pull a 6200-pound trailer.

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


Model Line Overview

Base Price (MSRP) $31,625
As Tested (MSRP) $46,078

Model lineup: Toyota Sequoia SR5 2WD ($31,625); SR5 4WD ($35,155); Limited 2WD ($40,900); Limited 4WD ($44,220)
Engines: 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 head-protection airbags
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Princeton, Indiana

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Toyota Sequoia Limited 4WD ($44,220)
Standard equipment: automatic dual-zone climate control, power windows, mirrors and door locks, power tilt and slide moonroof, Premium JBL AM/FM/cassette/CD with 10 speakers; leather seating surfaces, power-adjustable heated front seats, running boards, fog lights, rear privacy glass, remote keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested: in-dash CD changer ($200); front side-impact and head-protection airbags ($500); rear load-leveling suspension ($360), carpeted floor mats with door-sill protectors ($258)
Destination charge: 540
Gas Guzzler Tax: N/A
Layout: four-wheel drive
Engine (Optional): 240-hp 4.7-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 240 @ 4800
Torque(lb.-ft. @ rpm): 315 @ 3400
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 14/17 mpg
Transmission (Optional): 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 118.1 in.
Length/width/height: 203.9/76.0/76.2 in.
Track, f/r: 65.9/66.1 in.
Turning circle: 8 ft.
Seating capacity: 42.3
Head/hip/leg room, f: 41.1/59.7/41.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.8/50.3/29.8 in.
Cargo volume: 127.9 cu. ft.
Payload N/A
Suspension F: independent
Suspension R: live axle
Ground Clearance: 10.6 in.
Curb weight: 5295 Lbs.
Towing capacity: 6200 Lbs.
Tires: P265/65R17
Brakes, f/r: vented disc/vented 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 01/Sep/2003.
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
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

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

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
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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