2012 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP $40,930 - $58,580

Ranked #8 in Suv

7.8

Overall Rating

2012 Toyota Sequoia Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV from the house of Toyota. It is based on the Toyota Tundra pick-up and comes with a front fascia that resembles the mighty Tundra. It’s a good thing and we're not complaining. The Sequoia is huge and looks rugged from any angle you look at it. The 2012 Sequoia comes with peppy engine options, roomy interiors and pleasant ride. However, the interior looks dated in comparison to sme of its rivals.

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Pros

Powerful V-8 engine 

Spacious third row seats 

Good handling 

Cons

Dated and subpar interiors 

Ergonomic constraints 

What's New?

Blind spot monitoring now available on the Platinum trim

Added trailer sway control system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40930

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

105 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

281 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

327 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

122 in.

length

205.1 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

77 in.

curb weight

5680 lbs.

ground clearance

9.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

120.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

6900 lbs.

payload capacity

1330 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/20 mpg

highway range

528 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SR5$40,930 onwards

SR5 5.7$41,555 onwards

SR5 FFV$44,780 onwards

Limited$51,040 onwards

Platinum$58,580 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Toyota Sequoia in Agate Black color
Agate Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The 2012 Sequoia is available in three trims, namely the SR5, Limited and Platinum. The Three trims are also available in FFV version. The FFV version means it can run on flex fuel and normal gas too. The prices start at $ 40,390 and go up to $58,580 for the top of the line Platinum trim. It faces competition from the likes of Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 Toyota Sequoia Features

8.0/10

The 2012 Sequoia is available in three trims, namely the SR5, Limited and Platinum. The three trims are well separated from each other in terms of price, features and will cater well to different types of buyers. All the trims come with refined engines and offer very good performance on road and off-road with available AWD configuration. 

Trims 

SR5

Limited 

Platinum 

MSRP

$40,930

$51,040

$58,580

Key Features 

4.6L V-8 engine

Adds to or upgrades to the SR5 trim

Adds to or upgrades to the Limited trim

 

Three-zone automatic front and rear climate control

Chrome auto-dimming heated power outside mirrors

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass

 

Windshield wiper de-icer 

20-in. alloy wheels 

Perforated leather-trimmed power seats

 

Roof rack

Leather-trimmed and heated front seats

wood-grain-style accents, memory function

 

18-in. alloy wheels 

8-passenger seating with leather trim

Voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system

 

Multi-Information Display

JBL Synthesis system

Ventilated front seats

 

Privacy glass

Outside mirrors with power folding feature and turn signal indicators

HomeLink universal transceiver 

Which trim should you buy?

We suggest going for the Limited trim as it gets most of the features of the top trim and is cheaper by about $7,540. You also get a more powerful engine than the base SR5 trim and larger 20-inch alloy wheels as well. You also get access to the JBL Synthesis music system. 

2012 Toyota Sequoia Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2012 Sequoia SR5 is powered by a 4.6L V-8 engine which outputs 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission and comes in a rear wheel drive configuration. The Limited and Platinum trims get a larger 5.7L V-8 engine which outputs 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. 

It is also mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and comes in RWD configuration as standard. You can opt for an available AWD configuration in all the three trims. The performance from the base engine is good and it does a 0-60 mph sprint in 8.6 seconds and a quarter mile drag is done in 14.8 seconds

Models(2012)

Toyota Sequoia

Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS

GMC Yukon SLE

Ford Expedition XLT

MSRP

$40,930

$42,220

$40,085

$39,1140

Engine

4.6 Liter V8

5.3 Liter V8

5.3 Liter V8

5.4 Liter V8

Drivetrain

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

310 hp @ 5400 rpm

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

Torque

327 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm

335 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

335 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

365 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm

0-60(mph)

8.6 secs

6.9 secs

8.0 secs

8.5 secs

Quarter-mile

14.8 secs

15.5 secs 

16.0 secs

14.7 secs

Top Speed(mph)

109 mph

108 mph

110 mph

N/A

The Suburban and Yukon are more powerful options in the comparison. However, they come with larger engines and accelerate faster than the Sequoia. The Sequoia comes with the smallest engine in its base trim, yet it offers similar power figures as that of the rivals. The Expedition comes with the largest engine in terms of cubic capacity and offers the same power output as that of the Sequoia. 

2012 Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2012 Sequoia is a giant and a fuel guzzling one for sure. It offers 14 mpg, 20 mpg and 16 mpg, in the city, on the highway and in combined driving conditions respectively. With a fuel tank capacity of 26.4 gallons, it can travel up to 370 miles, 528 miles and 422 miles, in the city, on the highway and in combined driving conditions respectively. The efficiency is less compared to its rivals with a bigger engine. 

Models(2012)

Toyota Sequoia

Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS

GMC Yukon SLE

Ford Expedition XLT

MPG (City) (mpg)

14

15

15

14

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

20

21

21

20

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

16

17

17

16

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

26.4 gal

31.0 gal

26.0 gal

28.0 gal

Range (City/Hwy)

370 / 528 miles

465 / 651 miles

390 / 546 miles

392 / 560 miles

The Expedition offers the same efficiency as that of the Sequoia but owing to a larger fuel tank of 28 gallons, it can travel upto 448 miles on a full tank of gas in combined driving conditions. The Suburban is equipped with a fuel tank of 31.0 gallons and can travel up to 527 miles on a full tank in mixed conditions. The Yukon can travel only 442 miles owing to a smaller fuel tank capacity. 

2012 Toyota Sequoia Interior

7.0/10

The 2012 Sequoia is a large SUV and that translates into better interior space too. It can seat up to eight passengers across its three rows. The dashboard is well laid out with all the necessary controls but reaching out to them might be difficult for some people. We expected the quality of the parts to be more premium but sadly that's not the case. The materials are built to last but lack the soft touch and feel. 

The seats are comfortable and wide. Even the third row seats offer decent headroom and legroom. The good thing is that It gets many features like trizone climate control system, good infotainment system, fabric trimmed or leather trimmed seats, keyless entry system, optitron instrumentation system, rear seat DVD entertainment system etc. As you climb up the trim ladder, the list of features increase and pamper you.

Models(2012)

Toyota Sequoia

Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS

GMC Yukon SLE

Ford Expedition XLT

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/66.4/42.5

41.1/65.2/41.3

40.3/65.2/41.3

39.6/63.2/41.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/65.6/40.9

38.5/65.2/39.5

39.2/65.2/39.0

39.8/63.7/39.1

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.5/65.7/35.3

38.1/64.7/34.9

37.9/61.7/25.6

38.3/51.9/37.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.9 cu. ft.

45.8 cu. ft.

16.9 cu. ft.

18.6 cu. ft.

The 2012 Sequoia is a full size SUV and offers good cargo capacity behind the third row seats. Even the legroom is decent across the second and third row seats. The Ford Expedition provides better legroom in the third row. The Suburban provides a very commendable cargo capacity of 45.8 cu-ft which is excess for most users. The GMC Yukon comes with the least cargo capacity and third row leg space. 

Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2012 Sequoia are:

  • Keyless entry system
  • Optitron instrumentation
  • Leather trimmed seats (Limited and above)
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • Leather-trimmed and heated front seats (Limited)
  • Ventilated front seats (Platinum)
  • Trizone climate control system

. How intuitive is the 2012 Sequoia’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system in the Sequoia is a pretty basic one and comes with some necessary features too. The features like AM/FM/CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, SiriusXM satellite radio, AUX input, USB port with Ipod connectivity and bluetooth hands-free phone capability and music streaming are offered as standard in the base SR5 trim.

The Limited trim is equipped with a JBL Synthesis audio system with 14-speakers including subwoofer, 6-disc changer and remaining features of the SR5 trim. The Platinum trim gets support for voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system and integrated backup camera, in addition to the features on the Limited trim. 

Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2012 Sequoia are:

  • AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability
  • SiriusXM satellite radio 
  • JBL Synthesis with 14-speaker setup (Platinum and Limited)
  • Voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system (Limited)
  • Backup camera (Limited)

2012 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

8.0/10

The 2012 Sequoia is the bigfoot of the SUV segment. It’s based on the Tundra pick-up truck and it seems very similar from its exterior dimensions too. The front fascia imbibes a bold trapezoidal grille and two subtle multi-reflector headlamps come with auto on/off feature. The front bumper incorporates fog lights for better vision in adverse weather conditions. The sides are a plain affair without any visual drama and the roof rails grant it a rugged look and it is functional as well. The rear profile looks good with a vertical opening tailgate and two well designed taillamps. 

Models(2012)

Toyota Sequoia

Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS

GMC Yukon SLE

Ford Expedition XLT

Curb Weight (lbs)

5670 lb.

5672 lb.

5448 lb.

5549 lb.

Length (in.)

205.1 in.

222.4 in.

202.0 in.

206.5 in.

Width (in.)

79.9 in.

79.1 in.

79.0 in.

78.8 in.

Height (in.)

77.0 in.

76.8 in.

76.9 in.

77.2 in.

Ground Clearance (in.)

9.9 in.

9.1 in.

9.0 in.

8.7 in.

Wheelbase (in.)

122.0 in.

130.0 in.

116.0 in

119.0 in

The 2012 Sequoia is one of the bulkiest SUVs of the lot and it comes with class leading ground clearance of 9.9-inches. However, the Suburban is the longest one and comes with the longest wheelbase in its class. As a result, it can offer better cargo capacity than its counterparts. The Yukon and the Expedition are well balanced options too with respect to ground clearance and wheelbase.

Some of the standout exterior features of the 2012 Sequoia are:

  • Roof rack
  • Running boards
  • Privacy glass
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Power liftgate with jam protection 

2012 Toyota Sequoia Safety

7.0/10

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety System, an advanced suite of driver assistance features like vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist and smart stop technology. The Toyota Sequoia also gets front and rear crumple zones and side-impact door beams surrounding the passenger cabin for added passenger protection. The available active and passive safety features work in conjunction to ensure a safe drive for you. 

Some of the standout safety features of the 2012 Sequoia are:

  • Star Safety System
  • Blind Spot Monitor (Platinum)
  • Trailer sway control 
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • LATCH system
  • Front and rear parking assist sonar (Limited and Platinum)

2012 Toyota Sequoia Final Verdict

The 2012 Sequoia is not an ordinary SUV. Be it the size, engine, performance and fuel guzzling capacity, it’s all gargantuan for the Sequoia. The Sequoia doesn't try to show-off and does exactly what it's meant to do. It provides good comfort across all the three rows, drives well and is reliable as well. However, the interiors could have been better and more premium at its price point. It is equipped with many standard safety features from Toyota and ensures your peace of mind. So, the 2012 Sequoia is worth buying in our opinion. 

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