The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is now available in dealerships across Canada. Just a few changes set this latest version apart from the 2011 model.
Fans of the Toyota Sequoia have probably already noticed that this iteration of the full-size SUV comes with an all-new blind-spot monitor in the Limited 5.7L and Platinum 5.7L versions. The practical little gadget senses when another vehicle nears the SUV, and sensors fitted into the outside mirrors visually alert the driver.
When you consider the competition, i.e. the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada, the Sequoia seems normally sized, but its fairly imposing proportions can sometimes prove challenging. That said, Toyota's engineers had the forethought to equip the Sequoia with a rearview camera as well as a front and rear clearance sonar for easy parking.
The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is now available in dealerships across Canada. Just a few changes set this latest version apart from the 2011 model. (Photo: Toyota)
The 4WD system and Torsen limited-slip differential will also come in handy on tougher trails.
On the highway, though, the Sequoia's size is an undeniable advantage: it can hold up to 3,421 litres of cargo and tow between 6,600 and 7,000 lbs (2,994 and 3,175 kg). Towing a trailer or boat is also made easier thanks to a heavy-duty tow hitch receiver, a supplemental transmission cooler, a transmission fluid temperature gauge and prewiring for the trailer brake controller.
The SR5 4.6L is powered by a V8 engine that puts down 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque and burns 15.6L/100 km in town and 10.8L/100 km on the highway. The Limited and Platinum editions receive a 5.7L V8 that kicks out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque and has a fuel efficiency rating of 17.2L and 11.9L/100 km, in town and on the highway, respectively.
All engines are mated to a 6-speed, electronically controlled autobox with manual and overdrive modes.
Eight airbags, Bluetooth, an intelligent key system, a power sunroof, heated and power adjustable front seats, 3-zone climate control and a USB port are delivered standard on all versions.
The high-end models also include ventilated front seats, a 14-speaker JBL sound system with CD changer, woodgrain trim, adaptive cruise control, a power liftgate and 20" wheels.
The SR5 and Limited editions feature leather seating on all rows, while the Platinum gets perforated leather and a second row of heated captain's seats.
A Technology package is offered as an option in the Limited and is delivered standard in the Platinum. It features a rear DVD entertainment system with wireless headsets as well as a navigation system with real-time traffic updates.
The 2012 Toyota Sequoia will set you back $48,935 for the entry-level SR5 4.6L. The Limited 5.7L starts at $58,390 and the Platinum 5.7L at $66,570.
At the same time as my esteemed colleague was off driving the new 2015 WRX in the Californian sun, I was stuck at home in well-below-zero temperatures and snow behind the wheel of a '14 Subaru Impreza. While the two may seem worlds apart, they are borne of the same basic instincts, and that's saying something.