2008 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 4WD – Short Take Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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2008 Toyota Sequoia 4WD

Toyota’s goliath Sequoia a makeover that includes 40 more horsepower.

Following research-otherwise known as Google-we’ve that the world’s largest according to the U.S. National Service, is the General Sherman, a in California’s Sequoia National

This is a bit unfortunate, as we were to help Toyota find a new for its largest SUV, the all-new Sequoia, which is so big that the Sequoia name seems modest. But if the Sequoia is already the tree, then it looks we, and Toyota, are stuck with it.

You already know why the second-generation (a mild freshening in 2005 qualify as a generation) is so big: The platform it’s based on, the pickup. is huge, so it stands to the new Sequoia would be, too. The at 122.0 inches, is up 3.9 inches; at 205.1 inches, is up 1.2 inches. also an inch wider and an inch taller.

Unlike the Tundra, the Sequoia has a boxed frame.

The biggest is under the hood, though. the best we could do in the Sequoia was the 273-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 and five-speed transmission. That powertrain but it’s supplemented by the Tundra’s 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with a automatic.

The Sequoia can now tow a maximum of pounds, up from 6500.

Why Two Big SUVs?

The 2008 Sequoia is in three basic flavors: the SR5, the Limited-previously the premium now midlevel-and the absolutely loaded The presence of the Platinum made us why Toyota needed that as well as the newly refreshed, Land Cruiser. and the answer is they seem to appeal to two markets: Land Cruiser have an average household of $237,000; Sequoia buyers only $106,000.

Toyota figures that 55 of 2008 Sequoia sales be the SR5, 35 percent the Limited, and 10 percent the Platinum. Rear- and sales should be split And Toyota has high expectations for the V-8, figuring it will for 90 percent of the product mix.

One It actually gets better mileage than the 4.7. will get kudos from the Club, though: EPA estimates for the models are 13 mpg city and 16 highway for the and 13 and 18 for the 5.7. We averaged 12 mpg, included some light

The engines do, after all, their work cut out for them. The Platinum we tested weighed in at a 6100 pounds, about 300 heavier than the rear-wheel-drive But the Platinum is no slouch: We logged a time of 6.6 seconds and a quarter-mile of 15.2 seconds at 92 mph. The stops, too, thanks to huge 13.9-inch vented up front and 13.6-inchers in the back: 70 mph to 0 184 feet.

Not much that technology or the unequal-length control-arm suspension can do to all that mass on the skidpad, as the registered a 20-inch-tire-moaning 0.73 g, by its undefeatable stability control.

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