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2012 Toyota Sequoia

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2012 Toyota Sequoia Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

If you just can't live without the people hauling and pulling power afforded by a big, V8-powered SUV, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV deserves a spot on your wish list. In fact, there are only a few such SUVs on the market, the most obvious being the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada. If towing ability is a top priority, the big Chevy/GMC twins win hands down, but if you think can live with a 381-horsepower Lexus-derived V8 and 7,400-pound tow rating, then purchasing a 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV makes perfect sense. The Sequoia's roomy interior and 3-row seating provide all the room a family can possibly need, plus the flat-folding seats can be lowered to create a level cargo floor. And, unlike its primary competitors, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV offers a choice of two V8 engines permitting a lower-cost alternative for those who don't need power as much as a reasonable bottom line.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the 8-passenger space and 7,400-pound towing ability of a big SUV, and you want it in a capable and reliable package that holds its value well over time, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV makes a great addition to the family.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV's styling is handsome but defiantly on the conservative side, and its interior is awash in hard gray plastics that scream "1990s." Also, if you just need seating for six or seven people, a full-size crossover such as the GMC Acadia or Honda Pilot will be easier on the wallet at both the dealer and the gas pump.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV gains standard Trailer Sway Control and on Platinum models, an available Blind-Spot Monitor.

Driving the Sequoia
Driving Impressions

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV is most appreciated when asked to haul numerous passengers and their belongings over vast distances. The available air-spring suspension delivers a ride as smooth and...

... enjoyable as in some luxury sedans, and a healthy slathering of sound-deadening material throughout the Sequoia's cabin keeps exterior wind and road noise to a minimum. Don't get us wrong, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV is still a large and heavy vehicle, but its independent rear suspension and precise power steering make the 6,000-pound hulk quite easy to command. Aids such as the available proximity-warning system and rearview video camera help diminish the difficulty encountered when attempting to park or maneuver such a large vehicle. And, we should point out that while the 2012 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV is able to successfully tackle gravel roads, wet and slippery boat ramps and steep snow-covered driveways, it is not a serious off-roader.

Plentiful Rear Passenger Room
The 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV 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 2012 Toyota Sequoia's steering ratio increases just before the steering wheel is turned to its limit, which helps to significantly reduce the turning circle.

2012 Toyota Sequoia Details
Interior

Where some SUVs have a third-row seat that is best suited only for children, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV offers adult-sized seating in all three rows. The 2012 Toyota Sequoia's second-row bench seat features three independently movable sections that travel fore and aft, as well as fold flat. For those who don't require a bench seat, Captain's-chair-style seats are available, as is a power-folding third-row seat. Access to the third-row seat is made simpler by wide and long rear doors and the sliding second-row seats. Stylistically, the Toyota Sequoia's interior may you leave bit underwhelmed. Its plastic parts feel a bit hard, and there isn't much in the way of warm color or rich wood trim. On the other hand, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV's instrument panel is simple and uncluttered, with easy-to-see-and-operate controls and a dual glovebox for maximum storage.

Exterior

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV is not only the longest SUV Toyota makes, it's the widest and the tallest, too. Because the Sequoia's axles are pushed as far from each other as engineers could manage, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV looks much longer than it really is. The expanded wheelbase is the primary reason for the Sequoia's roomy interior, not to mention its admirable stability at highway speeds. The Sequoia's short front and rear overhangs give the big SUV plenty of leeway when approaching steep angles, like those encountered when off-road adventuring or serving duty on a sharply raked boat ramp.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV'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. The 2012 Toyota Sequoia has eight airbags, including full-length side-curtain head protection and front knee protection. The SR5 comes with standard 18-inch wheels. A powerful, 3-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 2012 Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV are available with either rear- or 4-wheel drive (4WD). 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, 7-passenger seating (second-row captain's chairs) and a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a 9-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 rearview video camera. The Platinum trim comes fully loaded.

Under the Hood

Standard on the 2012 Toyota Sequoia SUV is a 4.6-liter V8 good for 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. The available 5.7-liter V8 produces 401 lb-ft of torque, which helps the Sequoia tow trailers up to 7,400 pounds. Both V8s are mated to a 6-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 4-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 4-wheel drive.

4.6-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
327 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (2WD), 13/17 (4WD) 9/13 (E85, 4WD)

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2012 Toyota Sequoia Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 153 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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

Very Solid Vehicle

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

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: "comfortable, surprisingly quick"

Cons: "poor gas mileage"

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

"I have now owned my 2008 Toyota Sequoia for just over 4 years and 60K miles, have not had a single issue. Has been extremely reliable, comfortable on long trips, and is large enough to put my families stuff in it with room to spare. The only negative is the gas mileage. I drive all city driving and it gets 11-12 miles per gallon."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great family vehicle. Very reliable, no problems.

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: time for new car

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
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"Had a small engine issue just outside of warranty. Toyota admitted it was a common problem to this model and fixed as warranty item. No other problems. Is a great family vehicle. Held up well to the beating of children. Only minor complaint is it goes through tires. Was 1/2 through 3 set at 93K miles."

5 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Sunday, March 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,500

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: "This vehicle is a PRO"

Cons: "would like to have light up door locks"

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

"There is only 1 thing I would wish for on this vehicle that it doesn't have, that is for the door lock switch to light up. This vehicle is the perfect vehicle for family, a mom, a grandma. Turns on a dime and so easy to maneuver . All seats recline making it very comfortable for the entire family on long trips. DVR and sunscreen side rear windows really make it enjoyable and wonderful for keeping the children entertained on the road. Great mileage, and wonderful service."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best SUV for the money in the market place

By on Friday, March 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, Powerful engine, good interior space"

Cons: "Nothing so far..."

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

"This SUV is a work horse. It is very comfortable to drive. It has all the basic functionality that one could want in an automobile. Powerful engine, great turning radius, comfortable seating, lots of room inside, well thought out instrumentation control, best 3rd row design, and great fit and finish. We are a family of 6, with 4 little hockey players in the family. Everyone, including the grandparents, will fit inside the car comfortably. We use the car for long trips, >1000 miles, transport our kids back and forth to hockey practices, haul furniture, and do basic transportation around the town. One improvement could be a bigger cargo space if the 3rd row is being used for seating. This minor issue can be overcome by installing a ski box on top of the car. This will give you the extra storage, allowing you to bring everything from skis to kids toys with you without sacrificing the space inside the cabin. We test drove all the big SUVs offered in the US, including the luxury SUVs, and no other vehicle offered the same blend of needed features. If you have a family of 4 or more and are looking a comfortable and reliable transportation that drives like a dream...look no further this car does it all."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great SUV

By on Sunday, February 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

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: "Easy to drive and comfortable for everyone."

Cons: "No Cons in my book"

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

"This is one of the best trucks I have ever owned. It is easy to drive. Does not drive like a suv or truck. Turns very easy and tons of room. When traveling it is comfortable for everyone."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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