2018 Toyota Sequoia

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2018 MODEL

$48,300 - $67,235

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Named after earth's most massive tree, the 2018 Toyota Sequoia exemplifies its name. It weighs around 5700-pounds and is big enough to serve all your needs. It is also the largest SUV that the Japanese automakers offer. But unfortunately, like the tree from which it's named, the Sequoia has also aged.

Toyota has fitted all the 2018 Sequoia with a robust 5.7-liter V-8 engine that is capable of doing anything while offering seating for eight and impressive towing capacity. Sequoia also offers a more cushioned ride than some of its rivals especially when equipped with the adaptive suspension on the Platinum trim. You can also take this gargantuan SUV for some off-roading thanks to its significant amount of ground clearance.

On the downside, the Sequoia has been in the market for a decade without a makeover while many in the competition look more modern. The interior design also feels dated and lacks basic smartphone integration like the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also suffers in terms of mileage as it is one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. Still, there are enough positive to consider this SUV but consider looking at rivals once.


6.8/10
Features

 

6.3/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.5/10
Interior

 

6.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Toyota has fitted all the 2018 Sequoia with a robust 5.7-liter V-8 engine that is capable of doing anything while offering seating for eight and impressive towing capacity. Sequoia also offers a more cushioned ride than some of its rivals especially when equipped with the adaptive suspension on the Platinum trim.

2018 Toyota Sequoia Features

6.8/10

There are four trims to choose between in the new 2018 Toyota Sequoia that includes: SR5, TRD Sport, Limited and Platinum. All the trims come standard with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive can be added to any trim for $3,225. Prices vary significantly between the trims, but optional packages on the SR5 and Limited trim help bridge the gaps. The SR5 and Limited models come with a seating capacity of eight passengers, while the second-row captain’s chair on the Platinum trim reduces the seating capacity to seven.

Trims SR5 TRD Sport Limited Platinum
MSRP (2WD) 48,400 51,115 56,895 64,110
MSRP (AWD) 51,625 54,340 60,120 67,335
Features
  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • Seating for Eight
  • Three-Zone automatic climate control
  • Entune audio plus with connected navigation app
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheel
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Features of SR5 Plus:
  • LED Low-and high-beam headlights with auto on-off feature
  • Gloss-black grille with chrome surround
  • 20-inch TRD Sport black alloy wheels
  • Entune premium audio with integrated navigation
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler with LED center high-mount stop light
  • Multi-function remote keyless entry with remote illuminated entry
  • Features of TRD Sport Plus:
  • Front and rear parking assist sonar
  • Power liftgate with jam protection
  • 20-inch machined-finish split-spoke alloy wheel with dark-silver accent
  • Heated front seats
  • Easy-access seating
  • Features of TRD Sport Plus:
  • Rear-seat Blu-ray disc player
  • Blind spot mirror & lane change assist
  • Entune premium JBL audio with integrated navigation
  • Heated/ventilated front seats
  • 20-inch machined-finish split-spoke alloy wheel  with dark-silver accent
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We Recommend

Go with the SR5 with the Premium Package ($3,810) that adds features such as leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat along, Entune Premium audio and navigation, auto dimming rear-view mirror with compass. It also gets Toyota’s Safety Sense-P which adds a substantial amount of advanced techs which are best in class.

2018 Toyota Sequoia Engine

6.3/10

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia features good overall performance, with a strong engine and well-balanced handling. The transmission delivers seamless shifts and excellent low-end torque that allows it to take off quickly from a stop. The Sequoia rides softly over most roads, but steering characteristics are a mixed bag. Fuel economy is low, even by the standards of this segment. Cars.usnews.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia gets a big 5.7-liter V-8 engine that makes 381-horsepower and 401-pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 feels powerful and there is plenty of torque which helps this bulky SUV to move quickly from a stop. The six-speed automatic transmission feels smooth but it hardly helps the Sequoia in improving the fuel efficiency, especially when compared to 10-speed units found in Chevrolet Tahoe or the Ford Expedition.

Models Toyota Sequoia (SR5) Nissan Armada (SV) Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
MSRP $48,400 $46,090 $48,795 $51,790
Engine 5.7-Liter i-FORCE V8 DOHC 32-Valve Engine 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Power 381 hp 390 hp 355 hp 375 hp
Torque 401 lb-ft 394 lb-ft 383 lb-ft 470 lb-ft

Acceleration

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia runs up to 60-mph in 6.8 seconds and manages to beat the Ford Expedition in the competition which takes 7.3 seconds to make 60-mph. The Sequoia, however, is slower than the Nissan Armada and even the Chevrolet Tahoe both in terms of acceleration and in covering a quarter-mile.

Models Toyota Sequoia (SR5) Nissan Armada (SV) Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
0-60 MPH 6.8 sec 6.5 sec 6.7 sec 7.3sec
Quarter mile 15.3 sec @ 92 mph 15 @ 93 mph 15.1 sec @ 92.0 mph 15.6 sec @ 88 mph
Engine 5.7L 5.6L 5.3L 3.5L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 11.7 11.0 9.2 8.8

Braking and Handling

A rear-wheel drive comes standard with the 2018 Toyota Sequoia while a four-wheel drive option is available. Ride quality is smooth over rough pavements and an adaptive suspension on the Platinum trim further improve the ride quality by soaking up most the bumps on the road. It corners well for a large full-size SUV and even better than some of its rivals.

For 2018 Toyota has added a new trim to the line-up – the TRD Sport. It is mated to sport-tuned Bilstein shock to provide more sporty performance on road. This Toyota can also handle some of the off-roading paths with its handsome ground clearance although it sometimes feels too big for some trails. Brakes meanwhile are not the best in class with a stopping power of 130-feet.

“You can’t expect much given the Sequoia’s size, but it surprises with a decent amount of handling precision. Edmunds

Model Toyota Sequoia (SR5) Nissan Armada (SV) Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
Brake front(in) 13.9 13.8 13.0 13.5
Brake Rear(in) 13.6 13.8 13.6 13.2
Curb weight(lbs) 5730 5576 5466 5562
60-0 MPH (ft.) 130 128 123 121

Towing Capacity

The Toyota Sequoia is rated to tow 7,400-pounds which are not the best in the class but it is enough to pull recreational vehicle like small boats and campers. The Ford Expedition boasts highest towing capacity and its 9,300-pounds hauling power matches some conventional pickup trucks.

Model Toyota Sequoia (SR5) Nissan Armada (SV) Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
Engine 5.7L 5.6L 5.3L 3.5L
Drive Train 2WD 2WD 2WD AWD
Capacity (lbs) 7400 8500 8600 9300

2018 Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy

6.1/10

This is one area because of which you would skip buying the ginormous SUV and look at its rivals as it is one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in the class. The 2018 Toyota Sequoia with all-wheel drive checks in at 13mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined. The four-wheel drive version is rated at 13/14/17 mpg. The Ford Expedition manages 20 mpg combined and even the Nissan Armada which is also a fuel guzzler performs better.

Model Toyota Sequoia (SR5) Nissan Armada (SV) Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
MPG (city) 13 14 16 17
MPG (highway) 18 19 23 24
MPG (combined) 15 16 19 20

2018 Toyota Sequoia Interior

6.5/10

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia fails to impress with its boring cabin design. Materials quality is lower than in rivals, and there are a lot of hard plastics used across the interior. The cabin is quiet, however, and all three rows of seats are spacious and supportive. There’s plenty of cargo space as well. There are many standard driver assistance features, but the infotainment system feels dated. Cars.usnews.com

Seating and Comfort

Getting in and out of the 2018 Toyota Sequoia is made easy by running boards and grab handles. The driving position is tall and upright while the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel adds to the driver’s comfort. Big windshields enable a good view of the road while the large rear window helps in backing up, although a rear-view camera is a must.

The Sequoia seats eight with plenty of head and legroom in all the three rows. The second-row captains bring the seating capacity down to seven but make it more comfortable and roomier. The third-row is also accommodating for adults with ample legroom. standard and optional seating feature includes:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Leather upholstery (Optional)
  • Second-row captain’s chair (Optional)
  • 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat (Optional)
  • Four-way power adjustable passenger seat (Optional)
Model Toyota Sequoia (SR5) Nissan Armada (SV) Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
Passenger capacity 8 8 8 8
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 34.8/66.4/42.5 40.9/63.8/41.9 42.8/64.8/45.3 39.5/63.2/41.1
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 34.9/65.6/40.9 40.0/63.4/39.0 38.7/65.1/39.0 39.7/63.7/39.1
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 34.5/65.7/35.3 36.4/60.5/28.3 38.1/62.6/24.8 38.0/67.1/37.7

Infotainment

The Entune Infotainment system in the 2018 Toyota Sequoia is easy-to-use but feels antiquated. Some people might find hard to reach the controls from the driver’s seat. There is also no Android auto or Apple CarPlay, making matter worst in the infotainment department as these are now standard on most SUVs. Infotainment feature includes:

  • An eight-speaker audio system
  • A USB port
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • 1-inch touchscreen
  • Voice command and navigation

Cargo Space

2018 Toyota Sequoia offers more cargo space than most of its rivals except the Ford Expedition. There is 18.9-inch cubic feet of space behind third-row, 66.6 cubic feet with third-row folded and 120.1 cubic feet overall. These numbers are impressive for a large SUV, although it is a no match to the Ford Expedition as it offers best in class cargo capacity.

Model Toyota Sequoia (SR5) Nissan Armada (SV) Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
Volume (ft. Cube) (Behind 3rd row) 18.9 16.5 15.3 36.0
Volume (ft. Cube) ( 3rdRow Folded) 66.6 49.9 51.7 79.6
Volume (ft. Cube)(2nd & 3rd Row Folded) 120.1 95.4 94.7 121.4

2018 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

6.3/10

The Sequoia’s big shoulders and wide stance won’t confuse many as to its intentions—it’s based on a truck after all. Toyota’s stylists have kept the exterior respectable with a light refresh last year. The Sequoia opts for a more rounded approach than its contemporaries with broad and curvy shoulders, rounded tailgate accents, and few right angles to be found. The high window line makes the already-heavy Sequoia even bulkier at first glance. The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Sequoia is the longest, tallest and widest full-size SUV Toyota makes. Its long wheelbase adds to the roomy interior, improve driving dynamics and gives extra clearance while approaching steep slopes. In terms of appearance, the Sequoia is not a crowd puller but with its new front grilles and bumper, it certainly does not look dowdy.

Exterior Feature

The new addition to the family the TRD Sport trim adds:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Low and high beam LED headlights with auto on/off
  • Gloss black grille with chrome surround
  • Color-keyed rear spoiler with LED center high mount stop light
Model Toyota Sequoia (SR5) Nissan Armada (SV) Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
Curb weight(lbs) 5730 5576 5466 5562
Length(in) 205.1 208.3 204 206.5
Width(in) (w/o mirror) 79.9 79.9 80.5 78.8
Height(in) 77.0 75.8 74.4 77.2
Ground clearance(in) 9.9 9.1 7.8 8.7
Wheelbase(in) 122.0 121.1 116.0 119.0
Track width(in) F/R 67.9/69.1 67.5/67.9 68.7/68.7 67/67.2

2018 Toyota Sequoia Safety

There is no safety data available for the 2018 Toyota as both the Federal and private agency have not banged tested it. In terms of reliability, Toyota has covered the 2018 Sequoia with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/ 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Safety features

Toyota has made standard on all models its suite of advanced safety features which makes it one of the safest SUV in the market. There is also a plethora of airbags all around the SUV while a rearview camera also comes standard-a must for such a large SUV.

Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

Star Safety System includes:

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Smart Stop Technology (SST)

Standard features are:

  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags and all-row side curtain airbags
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and all-row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA)
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt warning sensor
  • 3-point seatbelts in all seating positions; driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) on all passenger belts
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) includes lower anchors on all second-row seats and tether anchors on all second-row seats and center third-row seat
  • Child-protector rear door locks and power window lockout
  • Front energy-absorbing crumple zone
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Energy-dissipating interior trim
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) lane change assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Trailer-Sway Control (TSC)
  • Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer

2018 Toyota Sequoia Competition

Toyota Sequoia Vs Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada has the lowest price tag and is one of the lowest ranking SUV in its class. Still, the Armada is a very capable SUV. It offers a powerful V-engine, is easy to maneuver and has more towing capacity than the 2018 Toyota Sequoia. However, if interior space is your demand then you would be happy with the Toyota as it offers more space in all the three rows. Armada has a cramped third row but its interior looks upscale and cabin material is top-notch.

Toyota Sequoia Vs Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevy Tahoe offers one of the most upscale interiors in the class while offering more advanced techs and feature than the 2018 Toyota Sequoia. Tahoe comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot and smartphone integration like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which makes you feel connected on the go. These features are absent in the Toyota. The Chevy also has better fuel efficiency and towing capacity. The Sequoia, however, benefits from lower base price, cargo capacity and more room in all the three rows. You will not regret buying the Sequoia but the Tahoe any day is a better SUV.

Toyota Sequoia Vs Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is one of the best full SUV available in the market. It boats higher towing capacity, roomy interior, better cargo space, and fuel economy. A high-quality cabin also adds to its reputation. There is also not much difference in the price as the Sequoia base is priced just $3,390 below the Expedition. With so many good things about the Expedition, it is a clear winner as it offers better value for its price.

2018 Toyota Sequoia Final Verdict

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia fulfills most of the buyers need, a powerful v-8 engine, lots of interior space for passenger and cargo along with excellent towing capacity. Though, its infotainment system feels antiquated and the interior quality feels cheap. Many of the rivals look more modern and offer new techs and features than the Sequoia.

The 2018 Sequoia although is competitively priced and offers more standard features than most of the rivals. It lacks the modernity but it is an excellent SUV considering the price tag at which it is offered.

Pros

Excellent cargo capacity

Soaks up bumps perfectly for a large SUV

Spacious interior

Zesty V-8 engine

Cons

Antiquated infotainment system

Fuel guzzler

Cheap interior quality

What's New?

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia now benefits from Toyotas Safety Sense-P that adds automatic emergency braking

Lane-departure warning with sway warning

Adaptive cruise control and auto high beams

A rear cross-traffic alert along with blind spot warning also comes standard

For 2018

Toyota has also added a new TRD Sport trim.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

105 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

346 cu. in.

horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

401 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.9 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

122 in.

length

205.1 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

77 in.

curb weight

5730 lbs.

ground clearance

9.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

18.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

7700 lbs.

payload capacity

1370 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/17 mpg

highway range

448.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Toyota Sequoia in Toasted Walnut Pearl color  2018 Toyota Sequoia in Super White color  2018 Toyota Sequoia in Sizzling Crimson Mica color  2018 Toyota Sequoia in Silver Sky Metallic color  2018 Toyota Sequoia in Shoreline Blue Pearl color  2018 Toyota Sequoia in Midnight Black Metallic color  2018 Toyota Sequoia in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2018 Toyota Sequoia in blizzard pearl color
Toasted Walnut Pearl

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Ratings

Features

6.8

Engine

6.3

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

6.5

Exterior

6.3

Comfort

6.4

Driving

7.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Toyota Sequoia SR5

SR5

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
14 combined

$48,300 - $51,525


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $48,300 MSRP (13/15/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
SR5 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $51,525 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport

TRD Sport

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
14 combined

$51,015 - $54,240


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
TRD Sport 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $51,015 MSRP (13/15/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7 NA
TRD Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $54,240 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA

 2018 Toyota Sequoia SR5 FFV

SR5 FFV

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
14 combined

$51,525


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR5 FFV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $51,525 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport FFV

TRD Sport FFV

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
14 combined

$54,240


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
TRD Sport FFV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $54,240 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA

 2018 Toyota Sequoia Limited

Limited

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
14 combined

$56,795 - $60,020


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $56,795 MSRP (13/15/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $60,020 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Toyota Sequoia Limited FFV

Limited FFV

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
14 combined

$60,020


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited FFV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $60,020 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Toyota Sequoia Platinum

Platinum

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
14 combined

$64,010 - $67,235


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $64,010 MSRP (13/15/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7 NA
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $67,235 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA

 2018 Toyota Sequoia Platinum FFV

Platinum FFV

power
381 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
14 combined

$67,235


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum FFV 4dr SUV 4WD (5.7L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $67,235 MSRP (13/14/17) 381 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.7 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA