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It was inevitable. With much of the full-size, body-on-the-frame competition adopting standard Trailer Sway Control, Toyota has now added it to the 2012 Sequoia SUV.
Another feature, new on the big truck for 2012, is a blind spot monitoring system, offered on top-level Platinum trim rigs, designed to reduce the risk of Sequoia drivers pulling out in front of other motorists.
Otherwise, things are much as before, three trim levels, SR5, Limited and the previously mentioned Platinum, two engines (a standard 4.6-liter V8 with 310 hp and a 5.7-liter iForce unit with 381 hp), six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode, four-wheel independent suspension, a choice of two or four-wheel drive (the latter with a two-speed electronically activated transfer case and locking Torsen center diff), second and third row split folding seats, plus a 7400 lb max towing capacity.
All 2012 Sequoias come with Toyota’s standard 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty, while powertrain defects are covered for up to 60,000 miles and body corrosion for 5 years. Given the lack of change and rumors circulating that there probably won’t be a next generation Sequoia (at least one like this), if you’re in the market for such a vehicle, it’s probably best to try and get one while you still can.
In response to recent rumors that Toyota‘s full-size truck-based SUV, the Sequoia, might be nearing the end of its shelf life, the Japanese automaker issued a statement, aiming to quell the issue. The statement reads as follows:
“Toyota denies any reports of the discontinuation of the Sequoia. For obvious competitive reasons; Toyota does not discuss future product plans. Sequoia continues to be a profitable, high quality vehicle and several years remain in the life of the current generation. Our focus remains on building our vehicles, including Sequoia, with the highest possible quality.”
However, from our observations, the tone of the wording in this statement indicates that perhaps, the rumors might just have some traction, especially in light of upcoming Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards of 35.5 mpg (42 mpg for cars and 26 mpg for light trucks), which will make it tough for large, V8 engined, body-on-frame SUVs like the current Sequoia to meet. Stay tuned for further developments.
[Source: Pickup trucks.com]