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2016 Toyota Sequoia: A Large, Near Luxury SUV

2016 Toyota Sequoia

With so many drivers turning to the crossover SUVs of the world the large SUVs seem to be overlooked at times.  These massive hulks of versatility offer more for the money for any driver and give you the space for people and gear that is needed to ensure that everyone can come along and bring what they want.  Not only can you enjoy some great space inside these awesome vehicles, many of them come with a great deal of towing capacity as well to ensure you can have a vehicle that is great to drive and easily gives you everything you want to enjoy.

One of the favorites in the large SUV realm is the Toyota Sequoia.  This SUV offers good towing capacity at 7,400 pounds and offers a great deal of comfort for you and your passengers to enjoy the ride.  For this new model year the Sequoia offers a Limited trim that adds Blind Spot Monitoring, a two-position memory for the driver’s seat and mirrors and the smartphone integration for the navigation system that is includes in the Entune audio for this awesome and large SUV.  When looking for an SUV that really has the size this one has there is a great deal of features and equipment to marvel at and appreciate.

One of the most amazing views you will find for the Toyota Sequoia you have to step up inside the SUV.  The full eight-seats across three rows are all comfortable and offer rows that slide to make it much easier to access the rear of the vehicle.  Folding the seats down allow you to have more than enough cargo space for nearly any project to come home while keeping the seats up allows you the space you need to take a trip and let everyone bring their luggage along the way.

While we are discussing the interior, let’s see what the features are you can enjoy on this great SUV.  Across the three trim levels, SR5, Limited and Platinum, the standard equipment starting at the SR5 includes integrated fog lights, a power tilt and slide moonroof, a roof rack, tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather trimmed tilt and telescoping steering wheel with Bluetooth controls, an eight way driver’s and four-way front passenger’s seat, 18-inch alloy wheels and Entune Audio Plus.  The Limited edition adds a power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, Optitron instruments and Entune Premium Audio.  The Platinum adds perforated leather, Dynamic laser cruise control, an Adaptive Variable Suspension, air suspension and Entune Premium JBL Audio.

You would think with all the standard features that there wouldn’t be much in the way of optional equipment, but there certainly is.  All three trim levels offer either RWD or 4WD and the SR5 includes a Sport Appearance Package that adds 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a Premium Package that has leather trimmed seats, a power reclining and fold flat third row of seats, an auto dimming rearview mirror with a rearview camera monitor, the Entune Premium Audio system and the Navigation App Suite.  The Limited can be upgraded with a rear seat Blu-ray entertainment system with a nine-inch display and seven passenger seating with second row captain’s chairs.  The Platinum can only be upgraded with the Blizzard Pearl color as it’s already fully loaded at its price.

Speaking of the price for the Sequoia, the SR5 starts out at $46,000 for the RWD model.  This gives you a great SUV to buy for the money you spend, but if you want to move up to the Limited you can have it for $55,000 while the Platinum comes in at $62,500. Adding 4WD to the mix of any of the models will cost a few thousand more which means you can easily have a loaded Sequoia for under $70,000 which in the large SUV segment is not a bad price at all.

When looking to drive the large Sequoia you might feel the drive will be hard to handle, but you would be incorrect.  The Sequoia is a large and smooth driving SUV that can take care of the ride with lots of comfort and plenty of agility from the awesome air suspension that is added at the Platinum trim level.  You can easily enjoy the benefits of a fantastic ride in this large SUV that lets you ride with confidence whether it’s along city streets our on the off road terrain where a rugged player like the Sequoia is needed to get the job done.  Another great feature of this awesome SUV is the fact that it is quiet and enjoyable from every seating position to allow you the ability to listen to the musical selection you want.

Of course in order to gets this big beast going you have to enjoy the power of a great engine.  The Sequoia makes great use of the massive 5.7-liter V8 engine that puts out 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque.  This is the only engine offered on this large SUV and it is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission to bring in the fuel mileage of 13 city/17 hwy mpg for the RWD versions, 13 city/17 hwy mpg for the 4WD models and 9 city/12 hwy mpg when using the E85 flex fuel in the 4WD version.  This powertrain also gives you the full power of being able to tow up to 7,400 pounds in order to handle the heavy loads when called upon to do so.

When you look at the Sequoia from the outside it’s easy to mistake this SUV with one that is part of the luxury lineup.  The size and shape are simply amazing and with a long wheelbase you can certainly enjoy more space inside the SUV.  The Sequoia is the SUV you want for a great ride quality, excellent features even at the standard equipment levels, and more than enough equipment in order to make it easy for you to enjoy the ride in this big beauty.  Stop by your local Toyota dealer and let them show you what you can find and enjoy in the amazing Toyota Sequoia.



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