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2008 Toyota Sequoia Sport Utility

4WD 4dr V8 5-Spd AT SR5 (Natl)

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2008 Toyota Sequoia Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Toyota Sequoia Sport Utility

With a choice of two V8s, rear- or four-wheel drive, and a spacious, quiet, comfortable interior, the 2008 Toyota Sequoia is a solid alternative to the Tahoes, Suburbans, Expeditions, and Armadas of the world. Its handsome exterior styling reflects its truck-based mechanicals, yet its civilized road manners play a big part in the Sequoia's appeal. When properly equipped, it will haul up to eight people, their things, and their 10,000-pound boat with ease.

What's new for 2008?

The Toyota Sequoia is completely redesigned inside and out for 2008. The second-generation Sequoia borrows styling cues from the Tundra pickup, on whose platform the full-size SUV now rides. In addition to the SR5 and Limited trim levels of years past, a top-of-the-line Platinum model has been added. Also new is a 5.7L V8 with 381 horsepower and a six-speed automatic, which comes standard on the Limited and Platinum models and can replace the 4.7L V8 standard in the SR5. The new truck features larger dimensions all around, five exterior color choices, and an optional power folding third row seat. Pricing ranges from $34,150 to $55,600.

Model Strengths

  • Attractive styling in keeping with rugged Tundra underpinnings
  • 4.7L or 5.7L V8 power
  • roomy, comfortable interior
  • quiet ride
  • excellent cargo space and towing capacity.

Model Review

The all-new 2008 Toyota Sequoia boasts plenty of space, power, and amenities for everyone. It comes in three different trim levels--SR5, Limited, and Platinum--and each is available in either rear- or four-wheel drive. A 276-horsepower 4.7L V8 with 314 lb-ft of torque is standard in the SR5 and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, while the 381-horsepower 5.7L V8 is optional in that model and standard in both the Limited and Platinum. It produces a hefty 401 lb-ft of torque and puts its power through a six-speed automatic. Four-wheel-drive models feature a two-speed transfer case with a lockable Torsen limited-slip differential.

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The new Sequoia SUV is a larger, more powerful and more luxurious version of the model it replaces. Since it's based on the new Tundra pickup truck, those looking for a super-sized version of the comfy and plush Highlander should look elsewhere.

Compared to the car-based Highlander, the truck-based Sequoia has a far stiffer ride-quality best described as industrial. Though on-road ride quality suffers due to its truck-based roots, both off-road and towing capacity (up to 10,000 pounds) are impressive, and the rough edge is taken off by a posh interior and the plush veneer of a new Platinum trim level.

Model Lineup
The latest Sequoia is available in three trim levels with two V8 engines. The standard SR5 trim is the only model to offer the 4.7-liter V8, which is paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Both the swankier Limited trim and range-topping Platinum receive the new 5.7-liter V8 from the Tundra paired to a 6-speed automatic, which is an optional combo in the SR5. Regardless of trim level or engine, two- or four-wheel drive (4WD) is an option across the lineup.

Standard features include 18-inch wheels, tri-zone climate control, and an AUX-in audio jack; power door locks, windows and mirrors (now super-sized); an integrated tow-hitch; 3-row side-curtain airbags; and a tilt-telescoping steering wheel. Among other upgrades, the Limited trim adds Bluetooth, a 10-speaker JBL audio setup, electrically adjustable front seats and a power-folding 60/40 third-row seat. The Platinum edition adds as standard-fare such swank options as 20-inch wheels, a navigation system, a powered rear hatch, and heated (first two rows) and cooled (front only) seats.

Under the Hood
The 4.7-liter engine available in the standard SR5 trim is a carryover from the previous generation Sequoia. This "old" iron-block engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic, and with variable intake-cam timing (VVT-i) produces 276 horsepower and 314 lb-ft of torque at 3400 rpm. The stonkin' 5.7-liter V8 from the new Tundra is standard motivational fare in both the Limited and Platinum versions, and its sole tranny partner is a 6-speed automatic. Fortunately both engines take regular gas.

The 5.7-liter features all-aluminum construction and variable timing on both the intake and exhaust cams (Dual VVT-i), helping improve efficiency and earning a ULEV II emissions rating. Compared to the 4.7-liter, the big V8 produces an extra 105 horsepower (381) and 401 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. Though significantly more powerful, thanks in part to its 6-speed tranny, the larger motor earns higher EPA mileage ratings. Two-wheel-drive (2WD) models with the 4.7-liter net 14/17 (city/hwy) mpg and 14/19 with the 5.7-liter; 4WD models net 13/16 and 13/18 marks, respectively.

Inner Space
The Sequoia's interior, pulled almost straight from the Tundra, exudes quality and tight panel fits. Compared to the last-gen Sequoia, bulkier controls highlight a functional set of legible and reachable switchgear. Most welcome is the slick placement of redundant switches for the powered hatch and third-row seats. Though nicely outfitted even in base trim, if you're willing to swell the sticker there is no lack of available high-end features. The view from the back-up camera is impressively wide-angled and clear, though navigating the nav-system's non-intuitive menus can prove frustrating.

Front-row buckets are comfy and feature a wide range of adjustments. The second-row seats flop and recline, and can slide fore-and-aft for nearly any combo of passengers and gear. The rear doors open wide to ease loading, and handy levers help prep second-row seats for those headed back to row three, which is great for kids but will easily serve adults on short trips.

Compared to the previous-gen Sequoia, interior dimensions are up in most every direction, though cargo space drops a little thanks to a third-row seat that is no longer removable. However, the third row now reclines, and with the power-folding option creating a nearly flat floor, loading is a snap.

On the Road
Based on a fully boxed version of the already stout Tundra platform, the truck-like nature of the Sequoia is ever-present from the driver's seat. Though it features a fully independent suspension, off-road and towing requirements create a stiff platform that's sweet on smooth pavement, but can induce annoying head-bob on rougher tracks. Steering effort is mall parking-lot light and, though a bit numb, is very accurate.

The 5.7-liter/6-speed combo on our 4WD Limited test machine proved a punchy and swift combination. Though the majority of this motor's power resides farther up the tach, the smooth shifting automatic keeps the stout V8 seamlessly in the meat of its ample power curve. The only downside is a throttle that's a bit too jumpy on initial tip-in. From a standstill, passengers may suspect a loss of feeling in the driver's right foot. For a vehicle of its substantial size and weight, the Sequoia seemed remarkably fleet. Right in line with EPA estimates, we averaged 17 mpg.

With big glass all around, visibility from the high driver's perch is excellent, and the surprisingly tight turning radius will have you making adept parking lot and U-turn maneuvers that will confound other SUV pilots. Brake-pedal feel is immediate, even if the tires' contact patches always seem distant, and road noise is hushed for a vehicle with such large rubber. For a holiday machine with lots of family and toys in tow, few machines get down the road or trail in such a pleasant and stable manner.

Right for You?
Though it's difficult from the helm to forget the Sequoia's seriously heavy-duty roots, its fantastic build quality and overall sense of solidity should prove extremely satisfying to owners. Pricing starts at $34,150 for a 2WD SR5 and tops out at $55,600 for a 4WD Platinum. If the thought of 26-gallon fill-ups at four clams a bucket doesn't make you flinch, and if you have a big tribe, the new Sequoia is a wildly functional, swift, practical, rugged and luxurious machine. While coddling occupants in a loaded interior, it can easily tow all your toys to places most soft-roaders would fear to tread.

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

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

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt

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.

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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 ReportTM****

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 ReportsTM 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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