2011 Toyota Sequoia Platinum FFV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
Agree with most reviews about the initial quality of vehicle. However, I have now had two major repairs in under 100k miles and all in past year. First was $3800 for seals on engine. Second is $4900 for ride level control and steering issue. Also still need to fix interior trim that essentially melted on driver door interior panel. Finally will need to replace most the rubber on windows and grill. This isn't including standard maintenance. This vehicle is used in urban environment. Toyota dealerships performed repairs. Will be selling before the truly awesome Ford Extended Warranty expires. I had hoped to keep this vehicle for at least 10 years based on Toyota reliability but now too risky without an extended warranty especially at the prices on the vehicle - still paying on car don't expect to be paying a year of payments on repairs. It seats 7 adults comfortable. Update: Now at 106k miles. No additional repairs. Still drives tight. Still get compliments on look and interior. Most think newer vehicle and are surprise when say 6 years old and 100k miles.
2011 Toyota Sequoia SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
Great SUV. Our purpose was to have towing capability of 7000lbs easily and have an interior (eliminating trucks). All SUV's in this category have great front seats and comprable 2nd rows but the 3rd row was the best by far. Around town, gas mileage can be all over the map. Driving without trying to be efficient - expect 13 mpg / but if you try hard and learn - 16 - 17 is possible. Remember there is substantial push after getting off the gas. Speed is the key to mpg with something of this size. For 2011, getting in and out of 4WD occurs below 45mph - resolved in later models.
Comfort - like the width.
Carries a higher price but the SR5 transmission is the same as the platinum which is wasn't the case for some others.
Engine can be run excitingly or efficiently.
Lots of torque to keep it going.
Good heat and A/C.
The trifold 2nd row is great for 4 people and a bunch of 2x4's.
Great vision - may not quite the NSX of the SUV world but good.
Use a timer on the interior lights so as not to drain the battery.
There is a slight slant toward the back with the 3rd row down - would have preferred flat.
No info on changing oil - has a paper filter which is new to me.
For the seatbacks - spend $0.10 more for a plastic bar running between the headrest posts - why? - carseats upper straps could pull on that bar and not on the seat material.
Develop Monitors in the Headrest.
Although it would be nice to entertain kids in the rear seat, it can be like being in a box.
If not installed pre-route the wires.
Even if backup cameras do not become standard equipment, at least run the wires so that an install is just a camera and a monitor.
2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
Owned 2 Suburbans before this, won't buy anything else now. We weren't 4 blocks away from the dealership on the test drive and my wife said "this is what i want to drive". Much better vehicle to drive than a Suburban, rides better, quieter, handles better and the turning radius is 10x better than even a Tahoe. We pull a 5,000 lb boat with it and it doesn't even break a sweat. The engine and brakes are unbelievable! Inside everything is very functional and well thought out. Seating is very flexible, I have to say that the 2nd row has at least 6-8" more knee room than a Suburban. Plus the 2nd row slides forward to allow for more knee room in the 3rd row which is really nice.
The engine and 6 speed transmission are great, very smooth and quiet and power to spare. Turning radius is unbelievable, like driving a small car. Storage compartments everywhere you look. A small thing but something the kids love is the pull up sunshades in the 2nd and 3rd row windows, really makes it easy to watch a movie or play games. The 3rd row seats are powered so they are super easy to lay down. Also, we have the 2nd row bench, which is 3 different seats - all recline plus the 3rd row is in two sections and both of them recline as well. We had our Sequoia now for a year and a half with 26,000 miles on it and it has been flawless. Super functional for a family of four on the go!!!
As I mentioned, owned the Sequoia for a year and a half and I'm not sure I can come up with alot for this section.
Overall great vehicle.
2011 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
We recently purchased a 2011 Toyota Sequoia. It would be a great car but for the fact that many of the most important functions of the navigation system, radio, media system, etc. are *completely inaccessible* while the car is in motion!
Clearly this is an issue of liability fears trumping usability or reason. Regardless, we would not have purchased the car had we known how difficult it would be to use.
How a car maker thinks it is okay to tell me how to use the functions of an automobile I purchased is beyond me. Letting lawyers run a company is worse than letting inmates run an asylum.
It's too bad, because it has all the makings of a great car. Instead it's more like a nagging lawyer.
Interior space, power, towing capacity, styling, fit and finish.