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2009 Toyota Sequoia Sport Utility

RWD LV8 6-Spd AT Platinum (Natl)

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Source: The Car Connection

To compile a Full Review covering the 2009 Toyota Sequoia, TheCarConnection.com researched a wide range of road tests. TheCarConnection.com's editors have also driven the 2009 Toyota Sequoia and include their own impressions to help you make the most informed decision.

Based on the super-sized Toyota Tundra pickup, the 2009 Toyota Sequoia has little choice but to be extra large. Launched in 2008 as an all-new vehicle, the Sequoia eclipses the vehicle it replaced and is now playing in the same leagues as the Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Expedition, and Nissan Armada.

The behemoth from Toyota comes standard with a 4.7-liter V-8 and five-speed automatic that gets 14/17 mpg when outfitted with rear-wheel drive and only 13/16 mpg with four-wheel drive. An optional 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8, with its more efficient six-speed automatic, gets 14/19 mpg with two-wheel drive and 13/18 mpg with four-wheel-drive. The fuel economy numbers are a little better than those of the Expedition, Suburban, and Armada by a mile or so, but in the days of fluctuating fuel prices and the "greening" of everything, they seem a bit out of touch with reality.

The interior of the 2009 Toyota Sequioa was designed for large Americans, and the available room is tremendous. Both the front and second row of seats can handle adults easily, and the third-row seating has reasonable space for the post-teen ages. With the power-folding option, expanding the already generous rear cargo area is a breeze.

Most of the interior design and controls carry over from the Tundra, and it isn't necessarily a good thing. The finishes are less rich-looking than before, too, though plenty of features--from navigation systems to satellite radio--are offered.

The 2009 Toyota Sequoia comes with standard rear-wheel drive; four-wheel drive and an adjustable suspension are optional. The 4WD models have a knob-operated electronic two-speed transfer case containing a lockable Torsen limited-slip differential that transmits power to front and rear axles and can be locked with the push of a button.

The new, fully independent suspension has an available Active Variable (rear air) Suspension (AVS) package that has settings for comfort, normal, and sport modes.

The Sequoia drives small despite its larger tires and wheels (18-inch alloys standard, 20-inchers optional). The turning radius is a sedan-like 39 feet, and handling is surprisingly capable for a vehicle of its size, but the Sequoia's height and sheer size, paired with tough outward visibility, make it cumbersome to maneuver. Steering is light but reasonably precise, and braking is solid and powerful even when towing a heavy load.

The 2009 Toyota Sequoia offers all the luxurious features and options you come to expect from a large SUV; from copious cup holders and storage to available middle-row captain's chairs, premium audio, DVD rear entertainment, and a reclining/power folding 60/40 split third-row bench.

The 2009 Toyota Sequoia gets a five-star rating for driver-side front-impact protection, along with four stars for the front passenger, from NHTSA, and it comes with all the expected safety equipment, including electronic stability control, side, and side-curtain airbags.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Toyota Sequoia is a good interpretation of a full-size SUV, but it's just not in sync with the times.

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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 Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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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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