EDITORS NOTEBOOK: 2008 Toyota Sequoia, Day 3

Automobile Staff
2008 Toyota Sequoia Interior View

Read Joe Lorio's comments on driving the 2008 Toyota Sequoia.

Just as the market for giant SUVs and big pickups is cratering, Toyota ramps up its Tundra pickup and Tundra-based Sequoia SUV to no-kidding-folks giant size. Remember how your mom used to say, "If [insert your friend's name here] jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it to?" For car companies, the answer is "Absolutely."

So the new Sequoia's timing isn't great. And its husky-boy styling probably sends the wrong message. But it does get some things right. For one, it has a surprisingly tight turning circle, as I was happy to discover as I inched my way out of our gridlocked parking garage (which is not a happy place for big SUVs). Secondly, the optional 5.7-liter V-8 has no trouble moving three tons of Toyota. The seating space really is generous. I also love the power tailgate window.

I don't love the cheap-looking dash, the overboosted steering, or the big climb up to get inside-don't talk to me about ground clearance; this thing is never going off-road.

If fuel prices continue to climb and big-SUV sales continue to sink, one wonders if Toyota should axe the Sequoia and instead concentrate on the more pedigreed and profitable Land Cruiser, and leave the pickup-based big-ute market to GM and Ford.

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