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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia 2012

If you need to haul a crowd and you want the power needed to haul all the toys as well, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia might be a perfect fit. While it doesn’t have the hauling capacity of some of the largest SUVs available, it handles weight well enough for most drivers.

Key Features

Third row seating, a tow rating of 7,400 pounds and two V8 engine options creates an SUV that has both the power and space you need for long trips while remaining comfortable for driving around town. The variable steering ratio also makes it easier to park in smaller parking spaces by increasing the steering ratio.

Changes for 2012

Newly added for this model year, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia Platinum models are now available with Blind Spot Monitoring, while all models have Trailer Sway Control as a standard feature.

What We Like

In addition to the sheer roominess and respectable towing capacity, the smooth ride provided by the air-spring suspension is a welcome feature. While it does weigh in at a hefty 6,000 pounds, the precision power steering and rear independent suspension make it relatively easy to drive.

What Concerns Us

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is big, and as such lacks the fuel economy seen with the smaller crossover options. The interior also leaves a bit to be desired with its plethora of gray, hard plastic that is anything but inviting.

Available Models

There are three models available for the 2012 Toyota Sequoia:

Limited and Platinum

  • 5.7-Liter V8
  • Horsepower: 381 @ 5,600
  • Torque: 401 @ 3,600
  • City/Highway Fuel Economy: 2WD – 13/18 mpg, 4WD – 13/17 mpg, 4WD E85 – 9/13 mpg

SR5

  • 4.6-Liter V8
  • Horsepower: 310 @ 5,400
  • Torque: 327 @ 3,400
  • City/Highway Fuel Economy: 2WD – 14/20 mpg, 4WD – 13/18 mpg

Major Recalls

There were two major recalls issued for the 2012 Toyota Sequoia. The first is due to load carrying capacity labels that are inaccurate and could result in overloading the vehicle or the tires.

The second recall is for the occupant sensing system. Some vehicles may not have had these components calibrated properly, which could result in the system failing to operate as it was intended to do so.

Common Issues

There have been a number of common complaints reported on the 2012 Toyota Sequoia. The complaints cover a variety of systems and components, including:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Braking System
  • Traction Control System
  • Air Injection Pumps
  • Check Engine Lights
  • Fuel Propulsion System

Toyota Sequoia 2012 Interior

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