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Pros & Cons

  • Quick acceleration with larger available V8
  • Spacious third-row seats
  • Low-rent interior materials
  • Dashboard buttons difficult to reach

New for 2012

  • Blind spot monitor became available on Platinum trim
  • Trailer sway control became available




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Toyota Sequoia Overview

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia comes standard with a V8 engine that reviewers said produces ample power. Most test drivers reported that models with the larger available V8 have vigorous acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. With the smaller V8 and rear-wheel drive, the 2012 Sequoia returns an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is normal for the class. Reviewers said that the Sequoia rides comfortably over rough roads, though most said it feels hefty and not very light on its feet, citing a fair amount of body lean in turns. Still, some mentioned that the Sequoia is not difficult to maneuver in close quarters. The Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds when properly equipped.

Automotive writers were disappointed with the 2012 Toyota Sequoia's cheap, hard interior materials. The Toyota Sequoia seats up to eight, though available second-row captain's chairs reduce seating capacity to seven. According to reviewers, all three rows are comfortable and spacious, and several reviewers commented that the third row has enough space for adults, which isn't the case with most rivals. Standard features on the 2012 Sequoia include Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input. Available features include touch-screen navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. Reviewers said the 2012 Sequoia's controls are easy to use but noted that some buttons may be difficult for the driver to easily reach. The Sequoia can hold up to 120.1 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded, which is good for the class, though not class-leading.

Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers were impressed with the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe's upscale interior materials and modern cabin design. With an available middle-row bench seat, the Tahoe can seat up to nine people and it gets slightly better fuel economy than the Sequoia.

According to test drivers, the 2012 Ford Expedition has poised handling for a large SUV, and reviewers praised its adult-friendly third row. The Expedition can tow up to 1,800 pounds more than the Sequoia, and the long-wheelbase Expedition EL offers more overall cargo space than the Sequoia.

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