The Toyota's driving environment also received generally high marks. Cushioning on the Sequoia's standard power front seats was noted for its comfort. One staffer comments that "the wipers, cruise-control stalk-mounted on the steering wheel, and dual-zone electronic climate-control buttons are fingertip close, and the carlike dash design won't intimidate those not accustomed to piloting large trucks." The only quibbles regarded a lack of rearward travel for the front seats and hard-to-reach audio system buttons. Otherwise, premium-grade materials and good assembly quality predominate.

Moving aft, the Sequoia's third seat is snug on headroom and even stingier with legroom. But the Sequoia is the only SUV in our test group with third-row seats that slide fore and aft to help owners apportion people and cargo space as needed. The 50/50 split third seats can be removed to gain maximum space.

At a base price of $35,155, the SR5 4x4 offers a generous level of standard equipment and some crowd-pleasing traditional features such as a power roll-down liftgate window, a power-retracting radio antenna, and an honest-to-goodness floor-mounted transfer-case lever on four-wheel-drive models that may be unavailable elsewhere.

Now in its fourth year, the Sequoia may not be the flavor of the month nor the hottest performer, but it does what it does extremely well. If you want a large SUV that may never see the inside of a repair garage or one you can recommend to friends or family without ramifications, the Sequoia is a good way to go.