Brawny towing capability; smooth, powerful V8 engines; generous standard features; standard entertainment options
The 2010 Toyota Sequoia model line has been simplified to SR5, Limited, and Platinum models. SR5 grades of the Sequoia come with a new 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8, while Limited and Platinum models get a 381-hp, 5.7-liter 'i-Force' V8. Both engines deliver their power through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The new 4.6-liter V8 in the SR5 makes 34 more horsepower than last year's standard V8, yet it gets a 2-mpg improvement in highway fuel economy. 2010's Sequoia ratings now stand at 14 mpg city, 19 highway. The the 5.7-liter and 4-wheel drive version gets 13 city/18 highway.
The optional 4-wheel drive system in the Sequoia includes a 2-speed transfer case with a true low range good for off-roading or other heavy-duty tasks, while a Torsen limited-slip differential helps distribute power in a steady fashion. Switching between the system's modes involves turning a simple dash-mounted knob.
Thanks to a 4-wheel independent suspension, along with tubular anti-roll bars, the 2010 Sequoia rides and handles better than other tough, load-bearing trucks. An optional air suspension further improves comfort and includes larger 20-inch wheels and tires. Stopping power is good even when loaded thanks to big 4-piston anti-lock ventilated disc brakes with Brake Assist. Electronic stability control helps maintain safety for abrupt maneuvers or slippery surfaces.
As a sign that the Sequoia is intended for frequent, demanding towing tasks, the tow hitch is integrated into the frame. Ratings range up to 10,000 pounds, and the transmission includes a tow/haul mode that brings more engine braking.
Eight-passenger seating is standard on the Sequoia in three rows, but an arrangement with second-row captain's chairs is optional, for a capacity of seven. The second row slides fore and aft to optimize comfort between rows and aid access, and in models with the bench seat, it's split 40/20/40 for the best combination of people and cargo. The third row is split 60/40 and can recline or easily fold flat. Behind the third row there's a rear power window, and a power tailgate is available. Throughout the interior there are various cup and bottle holders, along with cubbies large and small.
Additional safety features on the 2010 Sequoia include roll-sensing side-curtain airbags, front-seat side bags and now knee bags for front occupants.
Although the Sequoia is a Toyota, it comes almost as well equipped as a Lexus. The long standard-equipment list, even on the base SR5, includes a 3-zone climate control system, keyless entry, cruise control and an 8-speaker CD sound system with Bluetooth, satellite radio and MP3 compatibility. The Limited adds parking sensors, fog lamps, heated leather power-adjustable seats, a roof rack, a JBL sound system and other upgrades. At the top of the range, the Platinum adds 20-inch diamond cut-finish alloys, the load-leveling air suspension, memory seats, second-row heated seats, a sunroof and a Lexus navigation system with rear camera. Laser cruise control and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are also now included.
Major options are limited, though additional smaller extras such as trims and performance parts are available through the dealership.
The 2010 Toyota Sequoia appeals to those who need serious truck ability for towing large trailers or carrying people off-road. The Sequoia delivers just as much capability with almost as much style and luxury features as high-end luxury-brand SUVs. The interior is spacious and comfortable, and surprisingly flexible for people and cargo. Base SR5 models are an especially strong value, while fully loaded Platinum models sticker for less than $60k.
Toyota has increased standard equipment and also raised prices on the Toyota Sequoia for 2010. However options have been simplified, leaving fewer standalone extras than before.
Bluetooth, satellite radio and MP3 compatibility, a USB port, and aux-in jack are now part of the standard audio system. Safety gets a boost as well with new standard knee airbags for front occupants and daytime running lamps. And three new colors--Blizzard Pearl, Sandy Beach Metallic, and Spruce Mica--join the palette.
The 2010 Toyota Sequoia also gets a new standard 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 34 more horsepower, yet returns better fuel economy than the former 4.7L V8. And all models now include a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Vehicle Price: 40,005.00
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