This 2011 Toyota Sequoia SR5 is a truck-based sport utility vehicle rather than one of those namby-pamby crossovers, with a sturdy boxed steel chassis underneath, with double-wishbone suspension front and back (plus a trailer sway-control system) and bash-plates to protect dangly bits from off-road hazards.
The economical 4.6-litre V-8 under the hood produces 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. All ancillaries – battery, starter motor, alternator – are heavy-duty items. Fire this motor up and it sounds potent enough to serve as the starter-motor for a nuclear power station. And it acts that way too, propelling this 5,210-mm-long 2,708-kg vehicle with authority, whether from a standing start, or for passing or merging. That potent engine comes mated to a six-speed, electronically controlled transmission, with oil cooler, which sends power to either just the rear wheels, or to all four, through an on-demand system with automatic disconnecting differential, central differential lock and auto-limited-slip rear differential.
On a city street or at the mall, it’s not any more difficult to maneuver or park than, say, a Dodge Grand Caravan. This Sequoia can seat eight, although in admittedly decreasing degrees of comfort the further rearward they are seated. Admittedly, there’s only grocery-bag room behind the third-row seat, but there’s 1,890 liters abaft the bench-like second row and, with all stowed, 3,400 liters of space is available, which is only 672 liters less than the Dodge van.
Come in today and check this SUV out, because we don’t expect it to be here long.
This 2011 Toyota Sequoia SR5 is a truck-based sport utility vehicle rather than one of those namby-pamby crossovers, with a sturdy boxed steel chassis underneath, with double-wishbone suspension front and back (plus a trailer sway-control system) and bash-plates to protect
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