As I began my analysis drive of this big Japanese 4×4, my apperception wandered accordingly aback to an accident 12 years past. The day afterwards columnist day at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota Canada arrive a army of automotive columnists – at a time aback the chat “influencer” wasn’t alike allotment of the colloquial yet – to ascertain four new models in the Motor City: the Toyota Corolla and its accessory the Matrix, the Lexus LX570 … and the bigger Toyota SUV anytime appear in North America, the Sequoia. At the time, the big SUV was angry the acceptable action against the added pachyderms on the market. The archetypal is still with us today, but there’s no accepting about the absoluteness that in the interim, abundant has afflicted in the automotive domain!
To put things in perspective, the Toyota Sequoia that aboriginal launched in 2001 accustomed an amend for that 2008 archetypal year. Aback then, though, annihilation – actually annihilation – has been done to the arty vehicle, except for a alert redesign in 2018, the highlight of which was a adapted headlamp signature.
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2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, profile
Meanwhile beyond the artery at General Motors, that company’s ample SUVs (Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon/Cadillac Escalade) were avant-garde twice, in 2006 and afresh in 2014. And in case you didn’t know, GM’s big SUVs are all agleam and new afresh for the 2021 model-year.
Back to 2020, twelve years later: I had break to get aback abaft the caster of the acceptable old Sequoia, added accurately a TRD Pro trim. Not in the Windsor breadth (across from Detroit) as in 2008, but in the Montreal region, in the dog canicule of summer. Actuality are the after-effects of my analysis drive of a little-loved SUV that has been affairs by dribs and drabs in Canada aback its debuted aback at the about-face of the century.
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, front
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, badging
The TRD Pro packageWith its Khaki Green colour (exclusive to the TRD Pro package), the Toyota Sequoia is actually added eye-catching; additionally allowance are the accession of the awakening grille with its T-O-Y-O-T-A lettering, BBS auto and the roof arbor absolute to this trim. Admitting to be honest, afar from a few analytical pedestrians, I mostly drew absorption from 4×4 drivers analytical about the character of this acutely attenuate Toyota 4×4. Additionally account acquainted with the TRD Pro are Rigid Industries fog lights, housed in the advanced bumper, as able-bodied as careful plates beneath the vehicle, which are belted by a red TRD logo.
Despite the corrective treatment, the old Sequoia doesn’t analyze agreeably with the newer Detroit models or alike with the newer Nissan Armada. Let’s aloof say the archetypal is actually starting to appearance its age. That said, I didn’t apprehension annihilation adverse in agreement of accumulation quality. Admitting of course, afterwards 12 years of accomplishment a artefact about unchanged, you’d bigger achievement the architect has all the kinks formed out!
Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro 2020, intérieur
A best 2000s interiorToyota’s accommodation not to renew its ample 4×4 is justified by the actual bound admirers for this blazon of truck. Ford and GM allotment the two bigger shares of the segment. Hence, the autogenous ambiance of the Sequoia has actually annihilation to do with those of Toyota’s other, more-modern models.
The adamantine artificial dashboard, complete with a few misaligned panels, is absolutely from addition era. The admeasurement of the central-console touchscreen is display cardinal two, followed by some of the buttons that date aback to the aftermost century. That is not an exaggeration. Making affairs worse, the button for the audio arrangement aggregate is too small, while the button for alteration stations is too far from the driver.
There’s no curtailment of accumulator amplitude central the big Sequoia, though, from the centre animate to the aperture baskets, not to acknowledgment the rear armrests area my boys were able to adumbrate their latest Lego creations after my knowledge.
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, additional row
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, trunk, burden space
Ground approval actuality what it charge be for a 4×4 like this, access into the Sequoia is tricky, but fabricated easier by the accomplish on the back. Accepting into the third row isn’t as easy, however, which is hasty accustomed the Sequoia’s acceptable autogenous space. What’s more, aback the third row of seats is in place, the accessible aggregate is bluntly disappointing. Fortunately, already it’s bankrupt into the floor, you can buy a month’s account of advantage in one shot. Note, however, that the footfall is aerial for loading abundant objects; this is the case for all these ample 4x4s based on a ladder chassis.
An anachronous transmissionI can’t actually accountability Toyota’s decision-makers for their best of a powertrain; the big Sequoia has to await on a acceptable old V8 to get around. True, the Ford Expedition comes with a twin-turbo V6, while GM’s newest bearing of 4x4s can be ordered with a turbocharged V6, but in this niche, a V8 agent is still required. The bolt with Toyota’s artlessly aspirated 5.7L V8 is that it’s akin to a 6-speed automated transmission. In short, unless you’re cool affable with the appropriate pedal, the big barter has a adamantine time advancement a ammunition burning boilerplate beneath 17.0L/100 km, and this aback alone two out of four auto are used.
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, three-quarters rear
Powertrain performance, however, is not a problem. I like the complete of the bankrupt arrangement as well, although I’m beneath ardent of it aback affective at artery speeds. Consumers attractive at the Sequoia apparently appetite the agent to accent it bottomward aback canoeing on the highway.
The Sequoia additionally behaves like a absolute truck. What’s more, the Fox shock-reinforced abeyance makes the agent animation added on aflutter roads, boilerplate added so than on the abominable animated area of Artery 40 in Montreal – the Met, as it’s alleged here. On the added hand, this abeyance does a acceptable job aback off-road or abroad aback the city becomes bland as a basin table; in the closing ambience Toyota’s bigger SUV is about as adequate as a Camry. The council is abundant and imprecise, but buyers of this blazon of agent apperceive what to expect. Accustomed the abundant weight of the vehicle, it’s astute to ahead best endlessly distances.
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, advanced grille
The aftermost wordAt aloof over $80,000 afore alertness fees and taxes, it’s accessible to see why the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is not as commonplace on Canadian anchorage as the RAV4. Ironically, during my few canicule abaft the wheel, I came beyond two added Sequoias on the road. This blazon of agent is for ample families who charge a crammer that can tow abundant endless – up to 3,220 kg in this case – because that’s the advantage of these full-size SUVs. The Sequoia is additionally acceptable to be failure-proof over time, as the believability of the mechanics is no best in question.
The agitation is that it is outdated: anachronous in technology, anachronous in design, and alike anachronous beneath the hood. If Toyota aims to booty bazaar allotment abroad from the class leaders – which bluntly would abruptness me abundantly – it will booty a added than this big decade-old model.
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