2011 Toyota Sequoia Limited V8

Toyota’s expansive truck lineup has a lot of dead weight, but the Sequoia is not among that list. While oversized, cumbersome off-roaders like the 4Runner and FJ Cruiser have a limited lifespan, the equally massive Sequoia adds a dose of civility that makes it significantly more palatable on the road. The typical family will still be better served by a more efficient, more comfortable unibody, six-cylinder crossover, but the Sequoia offers the complete package for those with big toys to tow. Our test car was equipped with the strong 5.7-liter V-8 with a claimed a 7100-pound towing capacity. Inside, the six rear seats fold to create a cavernous cargo hold.

As Evan says, the entire large SUV segment is stale, and sales are a fraction of what they once were. The Sequoia behaves decently on the road, but it still leans and dives like the big, soft SUV that it is. While crossover sales are exploding in the economic recovery (Toyota Highlander sales are up 139 percent), the large SUV is growing at a relative trickle (Sequoia sales up 38 percent). Those percentages also don’t reveal that Toyota sells more than eight Highlanders for every Sequoia. It’s comfortable, pleasant, and powerful, but the Sequoia and its large-truck brethren are niche products these days.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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