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2014 Toyota Sequoia

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2014 Toyota Sequoia Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia is for those who need the space and capacity of a full-size SUV and want proven Toyota reliability and quality as well. It includes seating for eight people, a powerful standard V8 engine, optionally available 4-wheel drive (4WD) and a towing capacity of up to 7,400 pounds. Its competition includes the Chevrolet Tahoe, Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition. It may not top all those in every category, such as towing, for example, and its fuel economy is not the best, but it has a great powertrain, advanced features, excellent fit and finish and the peace of mind of rugged Toyota dependability.

You'll Like This Car If...

There are many choices in this segment, all of them with solid capabilities. What sets the 2014 Sequoia apart is its great powertrain, advanced features and the peace of mind of Toyota quality and reliability.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need more towing capacity, then a Ford Expedition or Chevrolet Suburban 2500 will be a better choice, as they can deal with the larger trailers.

What's New for 2014

For 2014 the Sequoia SR5 gets the Entune Audio Plus system, the Limited gets Entune Premium Audio, and the Platinum trim level has Entune Premium JBL Audio, which is optional for the Limited. Entune Audio leverages a smartphone for fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services.

Driving the Sequoia

Driving Impressions For those who need what a full-size SUV is intended to offer, the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is among the very best. The ride is nearly luxury-car smooth and the Platinum...

trim level's air-spring suspension makes it even better. The cabin is well-insulated from wind and road noise. Even with its considerable bulk, the independent rear suspension and good steering feel make keeping the Sequoia on its intended path easy and predictable, and the optional proximity-warning system and rearview video camera help in maneuvering its size through tight spots and crowded parking lots. The Sequoia deals quite well with slippery surfaces, wet boat ramps, snow-covered roads and the like but, if you're a serious off-roader, you should look elsewhere. But, used appropriately and as it's intended, the Toyota Sequoia is as good as it gets.

PROVEN RUGGED DURABILITY
Obvious though it might seem, there's something very reassuring about the peace of mind that comes from knowing the Sequoia brings with it the proven Toyota record of its trucks and SUVs being ruggedly built, highly dependable and manufactured of quality materials. For a family vehicle, it matters.

ENTUNE MULTIMEDIA AUDIO
With Entune you can leverage your smartphone to provide such services as Pandora, MovieTickets.com or iHeartRadio, as well as real-time info on traffic, weather, gasoline prices and sports.

2014 Toyota Sequoia Details
Interior

The 2014 Toyota Sequoia is a true 8-seater, with a 3rd-row seat that really will accommodate adults and is easily reached, thanks to big rear doors and sliding 2nd-row seats. The 3-passenger 2nd-row bench seat allows individual sections to slide fore-and-aft and also fold flat. Noteworthy options include captain's chairs for the second row and a power-folding feature for the third row. Basically, the Sequoia's interior will swap around into any configuration needed. The design is somewhat bland and a couple notches below sinfully luxurious but, as would be expected of a Toyota, the assembly detail is without fault.

Exterior

In all its majestic glory the 2014 Sequoia is the longest, widest and tallest SUV Toyota builds and, with its long wheelbase, it appears even longer. But that long wheelbase pays dividends – it enhances interior room, improves ride quality, contributes to directional stability and, with the resultant short overhangs, gives extra clearance when approaching steep angles. The Sequoia's appearance is fairly innocuous and can't be accused of standing out in a crowd, but it's clean, functional and certainly not unattractive.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

There are three trim levels for the 2014 Toyota Sequoia, SR5, Limited and Platinum. Standard equipment on the SR5 includes integrated fog lights, power tilt/slide moonroof, roof rack, 3-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed tilt/telescoping steering wheel with Bluetooth hands-free telephone controls, 8-way driver's and 4-way front passenger's seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, all the expected power and convenience features and Entune Audio Plus. The Limited adds a power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, leather seating, Optitron instruments and Entune Premium Audio. The Platinum adds perforated leather seating, Dynamic laser cruise control, Adaptive Variable Suspension, air suspension and Entune Premium JBL Audio.

Optional Equipment

All three trim levels of the new Toyota Sequoia SUV – SR5, Limited and Platinum – are available with either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). Options for the SR5 include a Sport Appearance Package, with 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a Premium Package, with leather-trimmed seating, power-reclining fold-flat 3rd-row seat and auto-dimming rearview mirror with rearview camera monitor, and the Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite. Optional on the Limited is a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system with 9-inch display and 7-passenger seating with 2nd-row captain's chairs. The only option for the Platinum is Blizzard Pearl exterior color.

Under the Hood

One of the best features of the 2014 Toyota Sequoia is its strong and quiet 5.7-liter V8 engine, with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It's unobtrusively reassuring and is equal to any task the Sequoia may be asked to accomplish. It's matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission that includes a low first gear for getting a heavy load moving and two overdrive gears that help enhance fuel economy and reduce noise at highway speeds. Taken together, the engine and transmission contribute to the Sequoia's towing capacity of 7,400 pounds.

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 mpg (RWD), 13/17 mpg (4WD), 9/12 mpg (E85, 4WD)

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2014 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."

41 people out of 70 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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