Toyota Sequoia
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Overall

Although based on the same mechanicals, the eight-passenger Sequoia big wagon doesn’t receive the Tundra’s style updates yet.

Drivetrain

The 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 is a capable grunt-master; rear- and optional four-wheel-drive.

Although their popularity is waning, there are still people who need rough-and-ready sport-utes that can tow a mountain while hauling the extended family to the Andes. It’s for those folks that the biggest-in-the-fleet Toyota Seqouia offers its services. For something this large, you get nothing less than up-to-eight-passenger capacity and a cargo hold to match. The three-section (40/20/40) second-row bench seat can be moved forward or back across a six-inch range while the third-row 60/40 split bench comes with a reclining seatback. You can also substitute the second-row three-person bench seat for twin high-back buckets. All but the driver’s seat can be folded flat for toting big and bulky loads and the liftgate includes a handy power window. The Sequoia is adapted from the Tundra pickup and looks similar from the front doors forward. Also Tundra-based is its sole powerplant: all models use the 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard while four-wheel-drive is optional. The well-equipped base SR5 includes tri-zone (driver, passenger and rear) air conditioning, manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows, front and rear parking sensors, eight-speaker audio system, headlamp washers and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Limited adds a leather-clad interior, overhead console, heated and power-retracting outside mirrors, running boards, roof rack, 14-speaker audio package and fancier dash trim. Along with the stouter V8, the Platinum comes with a power sunroof, power rear hatch, heated and air conditioned front seats, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, navigation system, power fold-flat third-row seat, 20-inch wheels and a load-leveling rear suspension. For the 2014 model year, Toyota’s Entune audio software now makes navigating the system much easier, along with communicating correctly with plenty of apps.

Base price (incl. destination): $44,650
Type: Full-size four-door sport utility vehicle
Base engine (hp): 5.7-liter DOHC V8 (381)
Layout: Front-engine, rear- or four-wheel-drive
Transmission: six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 13/18 (RWD)
Safety: Front airbags; front knee airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 5,670