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2016 Toyota Sequoia Walk Around


The Sequoia is bigger than almost anything on the road, except maybe the Chevy Suburban. Its beefy front end puts it out of the stylistic range of any crossover, yet its overall styling is more handsome than a minivan. It’s got a high beltline, tall hood, rippled sheetmetal, flared fenders, and giant chrome grille. Chrome mirrors and chunky door handles complete the look.

Interior

Sequoia looks like a Tundra pickup inside, with the cabin design and materials that feel a little cheap, plastic trim in matte metallic running from the gauges to the center console. At least it’s easy to keep clean. The instrument panel is chunky with big controls and displays, but simple and functional. There’s a high standard of workmanship, seen in the slim seams and panel gaps, typically Toyota. The heated seats, steering wheel control, and sliding moonroof are appropriate touches.

Passengers in the first two rows will be comfortable, but some crossovers offer more comfort, space and flexibility, including the Toyota Highlander, which we believe is a better choice than the Sequoia for a family that doesn’t tow a boat or caravan. The front seats are wide and soft, with little side support. Long rear doors make it easy to get in and out of the back seat, although it’s a tall step. Lots of cupholders and bins.

Two captain’s chairs are available for the rear instead of the three-person (40-20-40) bench seat. With the bench, a flat cargo floor can be created by folding the second row and third (60-40) rows. With just the third row folded, there’s tons of cargo space. The third row has optional power folding. The Limited and Platinum models have a power liftgate.

The third row only seriously works for kids, both climbing back there and staying back there. Low seat and not much legroom, although the second row slides forward to help.

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