As for the IRS, which the Ford Expedition has but the Tahoe doesn't, it gives the Sequoia two advantages over the Tahoe; a low, fold-flat cargo area and better third-row space. It's good enough for average-sized adults on short trips, but not as good as third-row space in the new breed of large, crossover SUVs, most notably Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. Those crossovers can't match the Sequoia's 10,000-pound towing capacity, though.

A false floor under the third row serves as cubby space. And Limited and Platinum trim levels have a standard power folding/reclining third row. The Platinum is a new variant, with a Lexus-like list of features, including P275/55R-20 tires on alloys, heated second-row bucket seats, power memory package, heated and cooled front driver and passenger seats, navigation system with backup camera and 14-speaker JBL hi-fi, sunroof, headlamp cleaners and adjustable suspension.

Toyota expects the Sequoia Platinum to take 10 percent of the mix, with 55-percent of buyers choosing the base SR5 and 35-percent choosing the well equipped Limited variant.

All Sequoias get a fully boxed frame, six-speed automatic with tow-haul shift mode (five-speed automatic with the 4.7) and an aluminum driveshaft. The optional multi-mode four-wheel-drive system includes a torque-sensing limited slip differential and it's operated via a rotary control on the dash.

On the road, nothing negative or positive makes it stand out much versus the class-leading Tahoe. Ride is cushy for comfort and confidence, not handling. The feminine steering and carlike turning radius has its psychological effects; Sequoia feels smaller than Tundra, and than it is, except in its fuel economy. That's where bad timing can really hurt.


2008 Toyota Sequoia
Base Price $34,000 (est.)
Vehicle Layout Front-engine, RWD or 4WD, 8-pass, 4-door, sport utility
Engine 4.7L/276-hp/314-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8; 5.7L/381-hp/401 lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8
Transmission 5-speed automatic; 6-speed automatic
Curb Weight 5680-6000 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 122.0 in
Length x Width x Height 205.1 x 79.9 x 74.6 in
0-60 MPH 6.0-8.0 sec (MT est)
EPA City/HWY Econ 13-14/16-19 mpg
CO2 Emissions 1.221617-1.366394
On Sale In U.S. December 2007