Even with the heap of chassis help, it's the interior appointments that will ultimately sell the Sequoia Platinum. The cabin doesn't disappoint and comes furnished with fine perforated leather colored Graphite or vibrant Red Rock. There's little skimping on features. Platinum buyers receive a 12-way-adjustable power driver's seat with memory function, heating, and cooling. Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a steering wheel with leather trim and "simulated wood," per Toyota's words, are bundled in, too. Heated second-row captain's chairs, exclusive to the topline model, mean the three-row SUV stays a seven-seater at its people-hauling limit, but a human stowaway likely wouldn't be troubled to hole up in the cargo hold. (Disclaimer: We don't condone transporting unruly passengers in this manner.)
The center stack is a bit gimmicky, but still has some appeal. Mirroring the Tundra, the enormous plastic-laden stack and accompanying center console may as well be called the "great divide," especially if driver and front passenger are of smaller stature. The seats easily swallow occupants like a familiar La-Z-Boy. Controls placed within the driver's immediate reach are deemed more critical to vehicular operation -- the rotary switch for the four-wheel drive system, lock button for the Torsen limited-slip center differential, and Tow/Haul toggle to ready the six-speed automatic transmission. Farther from easy grasp are the Sequoia's sound system and tri-zone HVAC controls, but the steering wheel offers limited climate control functionality with temperature adjustment and off buttons.
Search hard and you'll find 18 cup holders (yes, 18), two more than the SR5 and mid-tier Limited trims. The cavernous cabin certainly doesn't lack space, yet the sheer volume constantly reminds us of its truck roots. It's difficult to kick the subliminal mental message saying: "This is a Tundra with a cap covering the bed and a much fancier interior." There's still a lot of pickup truck in the Sequoia's DNA, particularly when glancing at the gauge cluster and funky shifter.