Full Size SUV Showdown

In Motor Trend’s Full-Size SUV Showdown, they’ve pitted the Toyota Sequoia against the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition. These beasts on the road generate major profits for automakers, so it was only a matter of time before Toyota got in the game.

Toyota’s the new kid on the block with the Sequoia, a big, powerful SUV with a V8 engine. Following the pattern set by Chevy and Ford, it’s based on the Tundra pickup, which was named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year in 2000. Toyota’s banking on the Sequoia spiriting away 60,000 in sales from Ford, GMC and Chevy.

With faster stopping times than its competitors, the Sequoia was beat in acceleration only by the Chevy, and was a half second faster accelerating from zero to 60 than the Ford Expedition. The Sequoia has the lowest towing capacity of the bunch as well, coming in at 6,200 lb compared to 8,100 lb for Chevy and 7,400 lb for Ford.

A thoughtful touches by Toyota include storing the jack in the Sequoia below the right centre seat, which is less likely to be covered with gear. It falls in the middle of the pack in terms of off-road performance, switching easily from 2WD to 4WD, and offers the best outward visibility.

Read the full report here: http://motortrend.com