But at least it drives easily. The Sequoia Platinum has a towering presence on the road but the steering feels very car-like. It can be a little too loose at times; an older First Drive relays the steering was specially tuned "for females." (Disclaimer #2: Those were the words of Sequoia chief engineer Motoharu Araya.)

There's no shortage of power. The Platinum employs Toyota's iForce 5.7-liter V-8 as standard kit, complete with a variable-length intake manifold, VVT-i, 381 horsepower, and 401 pound-feet of twist. Torque peaks at 2200 rpm, helping to deliver a feeling of steady pull. If you happen to live in a state with plentiful ethanol pumps, a separate flex-fuel-capable iForce V-8 will give you slightly fewer miles per gallon. The EPA rates the large SUV at 13 city/18 highway mpg in its present, four-wheel drive setup. Less-energy-dense E85 forces fuel consumption to backslide to 9 city/12 highway mpg.

Oh, and how could we almost forget about the exterior looks? Chrome door handles, side mirror covers, and front grille surround are the SUV's bling, complementing the bright 20s on display in the wheel wells. No, it doesn't have the cachet of a Cadillac Escalade or a Lincoln Navigator. But the Sequoia Platinum is definitely capacious enough for the lumberjack in your life, whether he likes dendrology or not.


2011 Toyota Sequoia Platinum
BASE PRICE $61,380
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
ENGINE 5.7L/381-hp/401-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT 6050 lb (mfr)
WHEELBASE 122.0 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 205.1 x 79.9 x 74.6 in
0-60 MPH 6.7 sec (MT est)
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON 13/18 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 259/187 kW-hrs/100 miles (est)
CO2 EMISSIONS 1.31 lb/mile (est)
ON SALE IN U.S. Currently