2014 Toyota Sequoia Review
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What's New for 2014
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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