2008 Toyota Sequoia [Platinum] Review | The Truth About Cars

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2008 Toyota Sequoia Review

Professor W. Edwards taught post-War Japan process control. Toyota applied Deming#39;s lessons characteristic discipline, refining the grad#39;s famous 14 points to their lean manufacturing Through it all, ToMoCo had one goal: to mimic and surpass the greatest automakers.

Driving the new Sequoia back-to-back against its competition#8211; the Chevy Tahoe and Expedition#8211; proves the old adage: be what you wish for.

homage to the great American SUV is at first glance. The new Sequoia like the offspring of an illicit between the manly Ford King Ranch and sweet miss White Diamond LTZ. Baby Sequoia has her horizontal chrome grille and her facial structure.

It#39;s a pastiche without a me-too shape that the same lack of originality helped propel other models to stellar sales

Other than the slight surfacing on the Sequoia#39;s sides from BMW), the nose the model#39;s only ToMoCo (Again.) While the snout#39;s a cop from the Sequoia#39;s sister-under-the-skin Tundra), the designers were enough to ditch the faux that crosses the top of Tundra#39;s like a thin John mustache. The Sequoia#39;s front and are also more squared-off the pickup, and the beltline is higher.

As befits the SUV version of Toyota#39;s pickup, the Sequoia#39;s almost an wider, over an inch and 700 pounds heavier than its iteration. And yet the Sequoia is now only par for the in the big-boned American SUV genre. In the Sequoia is shorter in length the King Ranch Expedition and in stature that both the and the Chevy.

Even so, in Arctic Pearl paint, the Sequoia#39;s and side quarter panels positively glacial in their

The Sequoia Platinum is a new trim above the standard SR5 and former top dog It#39;s more than a purdy paint job and blingy The Platinum coddles its passengers#8211; front and middle#8211; in infinitely heated and cooled leather The standard navigation system thank-God backup camera is the of an all-too-busy dashboard awash in brittle plastics.

Low-rent vinyl posing as covers the doors. Clearly, the Sequoia#39;s cabin is not Toyota#39;s work.

No matter what you prize, the Sequoia#39;s basic fails to outclass the Chevy and except for third row passengers. the Ford#39;s way backs#39; headroom and are superior, the key metrics here are room and thigh support, the Toyota supplies in ample Raise the retractable shades, down the [Platinum#39;s] nine-inch DVD pass out the wireless headphones and Mom and Dad be blissfully (if only temporarily and in their imagination) childless.

While it would be easy to that this is the big rig#39;s d#39;etre, any such misapprehension be rectified the moment you fire-up 381hp 5.7-liter phenom. The V8 to life like an irritated bear awakening from Poke the well-placed pedal and the gives you a heavy metal chord that beats produced by the [optional] 14-speaker JBL stereo system.

And the engine just whistling Dixie; the 10k-pound tow rating makes it the top pick.

The powerplant motivates the leviathan with ridiculous Provided you#39;ve got a platinum card to pay the man at the gas station (13/18 you can blast this big boy from to sixty in 6.2 seconds. Even the Sequoia#39;s class-leading brakes and four-piston front calipers can her down from 60mph in that#39;s#8230; nuts.

Which is OK, ‘cause driving porker is about as fun as tending a baby.

Members of the Platinum get to chose whether they the Electronic Modulated Suspension set for sport or comfort. Unfortunately, up Sport isn#39;t sporting and isn#39;t comfy. Despite a boxed frame, low-pressure shock absorbers and hollow bars, the ride is too jittery for and wafts too much for romping.

The transmission is another kill-joy; it for gears like cat hunting a full of mice. Yes, you can manual control of the …, but who Meanwhile, jostling in a perch above highway pavement the neurotic … busily for acceptance, drivers are charged the chore of manning an extremely tiller.

No fun.

So here we are. The is a bland-looking, gargantuan, comfortable SUV a five-star engine, a two-star and lousy handling dynamics. In quest to become like and GM, they#39;ve become just Ford and GM. Yes, but#8230; Toyota#39;s Demming-sourced rep for reliability.

The juggernaut rolls on.

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