Toyota Sequoia Chronology

November 13, 2014
**NOTE:  All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise.  CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**



Series Chronology

2001 - Introduced with 4.L i-Force V8 engine
2001 -  Truckin’ magazine’s “2001 SUV of the Year”
2001 -  Trailer Boats magazine’s “Tow Vehicle of the Year”
2001 -  “Most Wanted Large SUV” -
2002 - Selected as one of the top SUVs by the Good Housekeeping Institute
2002 - Among Consumer Guide’s Recommended Large Sport-Utility Vehicle
2003 - “Most Wanted Large SUV Under $45,000” award by
2003 - Among Consumer Guide’s Recommended Large Sport-Utility Vehicles
2004 - Among Consumer Guide’s Recommended Large Sport-Utility Vehicles
2005 - Receives engine, transmission, safety and cosmetic enhancements 
2005 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2005 Recommended Large SUVs
2005 - Sequoia SR5 2WD named “Best SUV Value Over $28,000” – IntelliChoice Best     Overall Value of the Year Award
2006 - Among Consumer Guide’s 2006 Recommended Large Sport-Utility Vehicles
2006 - SR5 named “Best Value in America” for Large SUV under $40,500 - Vincentric
2008 - Named AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) Top Rated Overall
2008 - AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) for Large SUV
2008 - Second-generation Sequoia is introduced
2008 -  “Best New SUV” and “Best in Class” by Kiplingers Personal Finance Magazine
2008 - AutoPacific and’s Motorist Choice Awards for Large SUV and Top  
           Overall Winner
2008 - Truck Trend Magazine names Sequoia its “Best in Class 2008: Full-Size SUV”
2009 - Gains E85 flex fuel model for 5.7-liter V8 in non-California emission states
2012 – “Best in Class” by Kiplingers Personal Finance Magazine
2014 – Kelley Blue Book “2014 Best Resale Value” – Full-size SUV
The full-size Sequoia is the largest, most versatile SUV in the Toyota lineup.  It was powered at introduction by a 4.7L i-Force V8 engine that produced 240 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque, the first Toyota truck engine to be EPA-certified as ULEV, or ultra-low-emission.  It is offered in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive models, with Toyota’s vehicle stability control – VSC - offered as an option.

Sequoia rides on a double-wishbone-type front suspension.  The rear suspension, features a five link live axle with coil springs. A four-wheel disc anti-lock brake system is standard on all models.

Sequoia transports eight passengers in three rows of seating and features curtain side air bags.  It also features three-point seat belts at all eight passenger positions.

The Sequoia was unchanged for 2002.  Fog lamps and remote keyless entry were available as stand-alone options on SR5 models.

The 2003 Sequoia received minor enhancements. Some new equipment that was standard on Limited models and available for SR5 included larger tires on 5-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with dark chrome finish, electrochromic rearview mirror and steering wheel audio controls. For the first time, a factory DVD rear seat entertainment system was available. A rear load-leveling suspension system was made available and Brake Assist was made standard.

The 2004 Sequoia carried over with no changes.
For 2005, equipping the 4.7L i-Force V8 engine with a variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system and an electronic throttle control system with intelligence (ETCS-i) increased horsepower from 240 to 280. Torque rose by 13 lb-ft to 328 lb-ft. A five-speed automatic transmission replaced the four-speed automatic.

New advanced dual-stage deployment airbags were added to the driver and passenger seating positions. Curtain side airbags that extend to the second-row became available and included a rollover sensor linked to the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system. The sensor sends a signal to inflate the side airbags and side-curtain airbags if an imminent rollover is detected.

A new front fascia and grille, standard color-keyed overfenders and redesigned tail lamps with clear-lens covers identified the 2005 Sequoia.

An optional touch-screen DVD navigation system was paired with a JBL premium 2-in-1 AM/FM CD audio system with 10 speakers. A new Limited Luxury Package featured second-row bucket seats and a removable center console, memory driver’s seat and exterior mirrors, height-control rear air suspension, wood trim and distinctive Optitron instrumentation.

A new optional Sport Package for the Sequoia SR5 featured height-control rear air suspension, a unique grille design, fog lamps, tubular running boards, front skid plates and five-spoke 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, plus a JBL 3-in-1 cassette/CD audio system with 10 speakers. 

Sequoia entered the 2006 model year as a carry-over model and became available in two new exterior colors, Timberland Mica and Salsa Red Pearl.  In addition, cloth bucket seats became standard for second-rows with center console on models with the available Sport Package. 

For 2007 Sequoia received a few exterior changes. The SR5 model received a color-keyed grille, while the Limited grade received chrome rear view mirrors.  In addition the sport package was replaced by the Appearance Package which features seating for seven, 16-inch sport alloy wheels, fog lamps and skid plate.  Super White exterior color replaced Natural White on all models.  Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags and front and second-row side-curtain airbags became standard.

In 2008 Toyota launched the all-new second-generation Sequoia.  The new Sequoia was equipped with an available powerful new six-speed 5.7L V8 engine that generated excellent fuel efficiency and very low emissions. An all-new platform provided exterior dimensions that were competitive with other vehicles in the Sequoia’s class. Inside, highly efficient packaging gave the new Sequoia a very roomy cabin and ample  luggage space. The second-row seat was equipped with a sliding-type seat adjuster that allowed the seat to be adjusted for added comfort when the number of passengers was limited. For the third-row seat, an advanced seat-cushion linkage reclining mechanism was adopted that elevated rear passenger comfort to new levels.

A new independent suspension employed upper and lower A-arms at each wheel, tubular shock absorbers, coil springs and a hollow tubular antiroll bar. It provided not only improved chassis dynamics thanks to reduced unsprung weight, but also a turning radius of about 19 feet, the tightest in Sequoia’s class. Additionally, increased suspension travel and a newly developed upper front shock-absorber support and lower bushing helped enhance ride quality.  Larger tires and wheels were adopted to complete the chassis equation. Standard were 275/65R18 tires and 18-inch aluminum wheels, while 275/55R20 tires and specially designed 20-inch aluminum wheels were available.

For 2009, 4WD Sequoia models equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 offered a flex fuel model in non-California emissions states.  The flex fuel model allowed the Sequoia to run on E85 fuel – an 85 percent ethanol/15 percent gasoline mix. 
A new Sport Appearance Package was available for the Toyota SR5 grade 5.7-liter models with 2WD or 4WD. The package included seven-passenger seating, 20-inch alloy wheels with a unique finish, color-keyed sport grille, rear spoiler, fog lamps, power driver’s seat, and a black fabric interior. The Sport Appearance Package was available in three colors: Super White, Silver Sky and black.

The 2010 Sequoia receives an assortment of upgrades, most notably the addition of an all-new 4.6-liter V8 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, replacing the 4.7-liter V8 on SR5 models.  The new engine added more horsepower and improved fuel efficiency over the old 4.7 liter engine.

The 2010 Sequoia added a wide array of standard features across all grades, making the Sequoia close to mono spec. Among the many added standard features were a Cold Kit, Tow Package added to the SR5, driver and passenger knee airbags, USB iPod connectivity, Bluetooth® on all standard audio systems, power driver’s seat, daytime running lights, fog lamps, running boards, moonroof, roof rack, and rear spoiler.

Three new colors were added:  Blizzard Pearl replaces Arctic Frost; Sandy Beach Metallic replaces Desert Sand Mica; and Spruce Mica replaces Timberland Mica.

The Toyota Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle moved into 2011 with brake override technology as standard equipment and minor interior trim changes. The trailer hitch connector was now the same as on the Tundra full-size pickup truck, and there is a new off switch for the standard Daytime Running Lights.

For 2012 model year the Sequoia added an extra measure of towing safety with the addition of Trailer Sway Control. In addition, a new Blind Spot Monitor was made available on the Sequoia Platinum grade, enhancing driving safety by warning drivers of vehicles traveling in their blind spots.

The 2013 Sequoia became equipped exclusively with Toyota’s 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine as the 4.6-liter V8 was been discontinued.  Additional changes included the addition of the available Entune multi-media system and a Toyota-first new Blu-ray rear seat entertainment system, which was standard on the Platinum grade and optional on the Limited.

For 2014, the Sequoia SR5 grade adds the new Entune Audio Plus system, while the Limited gets Entune Premium Audio and the Platinum grade has Entune Premium JBL® Audio.

The 2015 model year Sequoia carried over unchanged.
What does it mean?
Named after California’s famed giant Sequoia tree to convey strength, longevity and beauty.
Where is it built?
The Sequoia is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
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