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2011 Toyota Sequoia

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2011 Toyota Sequoia Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.8

The 2011 Toyota Sequoia was designed with long road trips in mind. Substantial width and length provide ample rear passenger room, and adults can ride comfortably in the third-row seats. This full-size sport utility vehicle can be quickly reconfigured into a flat-floored cargo hauler that will swallow lengthy items, and a strengthened frame with trailer hitch receiver allows it to tow trailers up to 10,000 pounds. A refined front suspension teamed with an independent rear suspension and improved shock absorber valving help produce a smooth highway ride. The optional 5.7-liter V8 makes 381 horsepower, which is 71 more than the standard V8. In size, the Sequoia slots between the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, which, along with the Ford Expedition, are its prime competitors.

You'll Like This Car If...

Those who regularly carry up to eight people, haul a lot of gear and tow heavy trailers will find that the 2011 Toyota Sequoia can do all that with ease and comfort.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Sequoia's slab-sided flanks and aggressive front styling make an odd combination that may not appeal to some. Also, this is a large, heavy vehicle that is a challenge to maneuver in tight situations and does not deliver great fuel economy.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Sequoia receives some minor interior upgrades, such as an off switch for the daytime running lights. The Sequoia's trailer hitch connector is now the same as on the full-size Tundra pickup.

Driving the Sequoia

Driving Impressions The 2011 Toyota Sequoia is at its best when hauling a lot of people and cargo over long distances. When equipped with the air-spring rear suspension, its ride comfort rivals...

some luxury sedans, and increased sound-deadening material helps keep cabin noise to a minimum. Still, the Sequoia is a big, heavy vehicle: It tops out at almost 6,000 pounds. The steering feel is precise and confidence-inspiring, but, when cornering harder, body roll will be noticeable and somewhat pronounced. Even with the available proximity warning system and back-up video camera, parking and tight maneuvering is challenging. While the Sequoia is more than adequately able to successfully tackle dirt logging trails, wet and slippery boat ramps and steep snow-covered driveways, it is not a serious off-roader.

Plentiful Rear Passenger Room
The 2011 Toyota Sequoia provides expansive passenger room in the two rear rows thanks to its redesigned independent rear suspension, long wheelbase and wide track. Fore-and-aft sliding second-row seats allow maximization of rear legroom, and rear doors open wide for easy access.

Variable Steering Ratio
To ease maneuvering in tight situations, such as parking or off-roading, the Sequoia's steering ratio increases just before the steering wheel is turned to its limit, which helps to significantly reduce the turning circle.

2011 Toyota Sequoia Details
2011 Toyota Sequoia photo Interior

While the third-row seats in some SUVS are best reserved for children, the roomy 2011 Toyota Sequoia comfortably accommodates adults in all rows. The standard second-row bench seat is split into three segments that slide fore-and-aft independently. Captain's-chair-style second-row seats are available. The third row is split 60/40, both the second and third rows fold forward for hauling cargo and access to the third-row seats is made easier by rear doors that open wider. The instrument panel is simple and clean with easy-to-read gauges, and the steering column telescopes and tilts for driver comfort.

Exterior
2011 Toyota Sequoia photo

The 2011 Toyota Sequoia is the longest, widest and tallest Sequoia to date. From the side, it looks bigger than it really is because the axles are pushed far apart, increasing the wheelbase and, therefore, expanding the passenger room. Another benefit of the longer wheelbase is enhanced off-road capability by virtue of short front and rear overhangs. The aggressively styled front end features large headlamps, and massive outside review mirrors prove invaluable when towing a trailer. Stylish 20-inch-diameter wheels are standard on the Limited and Platinum Editions.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

For 2011, the Toyota Sequoia's standard safety features include anti-lock brakes and electronic traction and stability control. Larger disc brakes all around and the brake-assist system help to minimize emergency stopping distances. It has eight airbags, including full-length side-curtain head protection and front knee protection. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on the SR5. A powerful, three-zone climate control helps keep all passengers comfortable. Sliding, 40/20/40-split second row seats maximize rear passenger legroom, and rear bench seats fold forward to create a large, flat cargo area. The steering column has both tilt and fore-and-aft adjustments.

Optional Equipment

All three trim levels of the 2011 Toyota Sequoia are available with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The optional air-spring rear suspension not only automatically adjusts to changing cargo, passenger and trailer-tongue weight, but also contributes to a smoother ride when the vehicle is unloaded. The Limited trim offers only three stand alone options: navigation, seven-passenger seating (second-row captain's chairs) and a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a nine-inch LCD display and a 115-volt AC outlet. The sonar-based proximity warning system reduces strain when parking and backing out, and the satellite navigation system also includes a back-up video camera.

Under the Hood

Standard on the 2011 Toyota Sequoia is a 4.6-liter V8 good for 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. The available 5.7-liter V8 produces 401 pound-feet of torque, which helps the Sequoia tow trailers up to 10,000-pounds. Both V8s are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which employs a very low first gear for strong acceleration and two overdrive gears for better fuel economy. Unlike older truck-based four-wheel-drive systems, the Sequoia's can be employed on dry or wet paved roads, and can be operated in rear-wheel drive or low-range four-wheel drive.

4.6-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
327 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD) 9/12 (E85, 4WD)

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2011 Toyota Sequoia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 148 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Love this car!

By on Saturday, January 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car has been "lightly used", as it has been a third vehicle for this seller. It has been basically used to transport grandchildren. All maintenance, except a pending oil change, is up to date. Custom mats and weather proof cargo and floor mats included."

Best SUV Since I Started Buying SUV'S in 1994

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drive, Ride, Towing, Reliability"

Cons: "No, New Technology Updates"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife and I started with a 1994 Jeep Cherokee Country, then a 1996 Ford Expedition, then a 2005 Ford Excursion, then a 2007 Lincoln Navigator, then a 2012 Lincoln MKT, then a 2012 TOYOTA SEQUIOA PLATINUM which we still own. This is by far the best overall SUV we have ever owned. Drive, Ride, Towing, and so far reliability are better than any of the others. The only negative things I can say about this vehicle is, Toyota did not follow the trends of new technology and I have heard Toyota will stop production of the Sequoia."

solid, dependable, easy to drive

By on Sunday, January 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drives much smaller than it really is."

Cons: "Thirsty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Sequoia drives MUCH smaller than it really is. Traded a RAV4 for it and have to say it rides better. Steering is very easy, which was a major concern since wife has severe arthritis in her hands. Easy to get in and out with running boards and ample handholds. Very smooth drivetrain, have to look at the tach to see it shift gears since I can't hear or feel it. Doesn't feel like a truck. Very little body roll in turns. Recently rented a large SUV from a competitor (starts with F). Was NOT impressed by their offering. Toyota beats them in every way in my opinion. Certainly not the cheapest SUV, but far from the most expensive. The best thing of all is you can find it in a parking lot since it is unlikely you'll see another one."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent Vehicle - Probably Best on the Market

By on Friday, May 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "reliability, confidence - you get what you pay for"

Cons: "very minor gripes."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have seen a lot of comments that Sequoia has lousy mileage... Bottom line, if you want a vehicle this capable, in this price range, then mileage should really not be a factor. I get about 16 all around. Reality is, if you are looking for a vehicle that has a huge towing capacity, a vehicle this luxurious, with all these amenities, you will be hard pressed to find an alternate. i compared the Sequoia limited to a Tahoe... Tahoe was smaller, had a larger turning radius, smaller engine, smaller brakes and was noisier. comparably equipped, Tahoe was actually higher price. 5 year residual.. not even close. Tahoe towing capacity is overstated as is its actual real world mileage. Get your tax deduction on this truck."

40 people out of 68 found this review helpful

Reliable - Better Tow Rating than shown!

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"In the KBB review they state the tow rating is lower on the Sequoia than the Ford or Chevy and on the surface that appears true. But Toyota has a tow rating based on the SAE rating standard, where Ford and Chevy have "marketing" tow ratings - not based on any factual data. Prior to Toyota adopting the SAE rating the tow rating was 10,000 lbs - then when the applied a real world test rating it dropped to current 7,100. If Ford and Chevy were rated based on SAE model, they would have similar ratings to the Sequoia. Only real disadvantage of Sequoia is fuel mileage. Otherwise you can't go wrong with the Sequoia."

22 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Great urban assault attach machine

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Gas Mileage less than acceptable..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I like the vehicle. The ride is comfortable and it feels solid except when you shut the doors. They sound a little like tin cans(I own Mercedes too). The only real complaint is the gas mileage...About 11 to 13 max around town if you drive with a very light toe... I had gotten 20 MPG once on the highway, Overall this is a kickass vehicle with a lot of style and comfort. I feel happy with the fact that I bought the truck in 2010 for $55k and it is still dealer valued at $45k 5 years later,,, That in itself is amazing even if I would never get this from the dealer... Overall I would buy one again. Life is short and safety is everything on the roads in california..."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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