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2018 Toyota Sequoia Driving Impressions

Stand on the gas pedal, and the Sequoia’s V8 delivers impressive performance. Most of the V8’s available torque output comes to life at low engine speed: around 2200 rpm. As a result, an unloaded Sequoia can accelerate to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. Pretty quick, that, especially given Sequoia’s weight.

Despite its outmoded design, Toyota’s 6-speed automatic operates reliably.

When equipped with four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, containing a Torsen limited-slip differential, regulates the power split between front and rear wheels. On difficult terrain, the differential can be locked. Toyota’s electronic traction control system can help limit wheelspin, too.

Among the Sequoia’s admitted merits is a composed ride, as the truck-type suspension manages to absorb plenty of rough spots and bumps. Some tossing of passenger heads may occur when taking a corner, largely because of the Sequoia’s high center of gravity. Platinum trim includes a variable air suspension that can smooth the ride further.

The new TRD Sport edition adds Bilstein shocks and front and rear anti-roll bars.

Fuel economy is EPA-rated at a mere 13/17 mpg City/Highway, or 15 mpg Combined. Four-wheel drive sinks the Combined estimate slightly further, to 14 mpg Combined.

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