Toyota Sequoia 2003

Toyota Sequoia 2003: Toyota Sequoia is amongst the most effective of the full-size SUVs. It's about the same dimension as a Ford Exploration, and also somewhat larger than a Chevy Tahoe. Like most Toyotas, it's extremely well syntheticed as well as provides the highest levels of top quality, durability, as well as integrity. It's quiet and also comfy.

The Sequoia is an excellent family members lorry, a modern replacement for the typical American station wagon, with three rows of seats with the ability of lugging 8 guests.

New alternatives for 2003 consist of a DVD amusement system for rear-seat rugrats. The package consists of a high-resolution display that turns down from the headliner, a DVD gamer in the facility console, wireless headphones, and an independent rear-seat audio system. Another brand-new option for 2003 is hydraulic load leveling. Brake Help has been added as typical devices for 2003.


Toyota Sequoia 2003


LINEUP

Toyota Sequoia is available in 2 trim degrees: SR5 and Restricted. Both are powered by a 240-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Two-wheel-drive as well as four-wheel-drive designs are available.

SR5 ($ 31,625) comes standard with power windows, mirrors and door locks, cruise control, automatic climate control, an AM/FM stereo with both cassette and CD players, ABDOMINAL with brake help, and also 16-inch styled steel wheels.

Limited ($ 40,200) includes leather furniture, dual-zone (front as well as rear) environment control, heated up outside mirrors, JBL stereo, roof covering shelf, and also (brand-new for 2003) P265/65R17 tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Both trim lines come common with an electronic security program to help correct a skid, and also grip control to maintain the wheels from slipping when accelerating in unsafe driving problems.

WALKAROUND

Sequoia takes its styling signs from the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup. Both are integrated in the very same setting up plant at Princeton, Indiana.

Sequoia's front and also back doors are nicely incorporated and also fit proportionally with the rearmost seats and cargo location. The liftgate back window actually rolls down, much like on those wood-paneled station wagons of the '60s and also '70s.

The Limited version is differentiated by its haze lights, running boards, attractive alloy wheels, and back spoiler. The total look is clean, purposeful as well as, most of all, big.

INTERIOR

The Limited design is fitted with luxurious natural leather seats, comfy and heated.

Getting in as well as out of the Sequoia is a difficulty, nonetheless. Although the Restricted design features running boards (optional on the SR5) and also grab handles installed within the doorframes, you have to be prepared to lift yourself up and into this automobile. A big monster like the Sequoia requires some physical mastery and for its occupants to be unafraid of elevations: As soon as in, there's a commanding sight from every seat.

The Sequoia is a champ if you need to move lots of children regularly. We state 'children' since they're the only ones with the dexterity to hop over the middle-row to obtain to the third-row seats. Asking full-sized grownups to crawl back there will likely cost you a couple of buddies.

For carrying freight, the third-row seats are very easy to topple ahead to increase the cargo area. We located that left enough space for a jogging stroller, an infant knapsack, and all the remainder of the equipment we needed for a day's worth of hiking. For optimal freight bring, you can remove the third-row seats and fold and also topple the second-row seats. After that there's enough area back there to clean out Toys 'R United States during an inventory-clearance sale.

Toyota's attention to information can be seen everywhere in the Sequoia. The terrifically big container in between the front seats is divided right into 2 degrees. The leading level has a note pad owner and a place for coins. The bottom level has a molded, bookshelf-like CD holder to keep up to eight CDs from rattling around. There's enough space left over to hold a six-pack or a moderately sized handbag. An overhead console holds sunglasses. The vehicle driver information center consists of a compass, outside temperature, as well as fuel economic situation stats, such as miles until vacant, as well as total as well as instant mpg. Double sunlight visors are given. Other things make family members getaways a breeze: multiple cupholders and also storage space bins spread throughout the cabin; big openings for the back doors that make setting up child safety seats a breeze; front and also rear cooling controls

The Limited variation is really elegant, virtually like a Lexus because respect, dual-zone automatic environment control, an awesome JBL stereo with an offered in-dash 6-CD changer, as well as every power-operated benefit function you can envision. Ours featured an enormous moonroof.

Nitpicks: The clock is installed far as well low in the center of the dash and also is covered by the climate control buttons. And not everyone are enamored with the metal-tone trim in the Minimal model.

DRIVING IMPRESSION

Piloting the Toyota Sequoia on the open road is a pleasure. We enjoy the smooth as well as effective V8 engine. It's a marvel of a power plant, as well as this truck requires every one of its 240 horse power. The transmission, as well, was smooth in operation. With such a long wheelbase and considerable general heft, the Sequoia supplies a comfortable trip on all kinds of roads.

Yet while our Limited was virtually as glamorous as a Lexus, it had not been virtually as quiet. Wind sound at freeway speed wasn't interfering, yet the cabin wasn't as hushed as a Lexus LS 430 sedan we just recently drove.

The brakes function well, and feature Brake Help. Brake Help spots panic stops and also raises brake stress instantly to help minimize quiting ranges.

There are two controls to activate the optional four-wheel drive system. The first is a simple button, situated rather low in the facility of the control panel. Pressing it will place the lorry in 4 Hi, great for driving on snowy or unsafe roads. It can be involved on the fly without having to quit the car. A traditional-looking shift lever between the pole positions turns on 4 Lo, a climber equipment made use of for extreme off-road use, such as coming down a really high hill.

Mentioning steep hills, Sequoia's energetic four-wheel traction control (TRAC), which comes criterion on four-wheel-drive models, made it easy for us to drive straight up a collection of magnates on a completely dry, gravel-covered ski slope at Big Skies, Montana. As opposed to modulating the throttle, we merely held the gas down, and also the Sequoia walked right up the hill, transferring torque to the tires with the very best grasp. Drop it into 4 Lo, and the system automatically locks the center differential for go-anywhere ability. Two-wheel-drive Sequoias come basic with rear-wheel traction control, however, obviously, they won't provide the mogul-climbing capabilities of the four-wheel-drive designs.

The skid-control attribute, which is basic, helps the Sequoia preserve security should it shed traction and start to moved sideways. This digital stability program precisely uses stopping pressure to individual wheels to quit a skid, and also it can truly aid you avoid an accident.

A two-wheel-drive Sequoia is rated to tow as much as a 6500-pound trailer, while a 4x4 is ranked to pull a 6200-pound trailer. Yet another new alternative for 2003 is a seven-pin towing connector that works with electric trailer brakes.

Sequoia's high-end as well as comfort feature a price at the gas pump. The EPA claims to expect just 14 mpg in city driving as well as a puny 17 mpg on the highway. Giving up 4WD ups the highway figure to 18 mpg. As you 'd envision from a vehicle of this dimension, the Sequoia is challenging to park. Parallel parking this hunk in downtown Austin, Texas, confirmed to be a humbling experience.

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