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Old 08-03-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Toyota Sequoia MPG?

We're considering a new Toyota Sequoia (5.7L) for our next tow vehicle. I'd appreciate any frank (private if you prefer) feedback on the fuel economy, performance, towing stability etc. from current owners who tow a similar load to our FC23FB (5673 lbs loaded).
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:42 PM   #2
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I have had one since 2008. I live at 7000 feet and drive down the mountain and up again , 2000 feet. Not much city driving but up and down I get 17 mpg. Highway I have gotten up to 22 mpg. Now towing I am at 10.6 mpg at 1600 miles on the trip I am on. Are friends have a suburban and even he admits the sequoia is more comfortable and has more passenger room. It doesn't have much room behind the third row but with four kids it works out great.


We love ours and just have the SR5. I put air bladders in the springs and run 10 psi and it rides better than without them.

It has more power than you need, I have. Ever lacked on any pass and tow at 70 mph, when the speed limit allows.
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My cousin has a Toyata pu with that engine and once he road with me in my Dodge Tradesman 4x4 seeing it get 21.2 mpg at 72 mph he fell in love.. Hemi,, 6 speed,, 3.96 gears and 390hp when you want it.. He fell over backwards when he found out I got my new Dodge for $14,000 cheaper. Now dealing on a new Dodge,.

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Old 08-04-2012, 12:10 AM   #4
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I have the 4.10 rear end in mine with the row package. It's kind of hard to compare trucks and An SUV. Trucks won't carry all the people and are a little lighter.
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purman, that's pretty impressive mpg. A whole lot better than I would have expected. Significantly better than my 5.7 Tundra. You are talking about the new body style 5.7L Sequoia right?

That's about the gas mileage we get in my wife's new 4Runner. I would expect to get better in my truck then the Sequoia due to weight.

Toyotas website shows 14/20 for the 4.6L and 13/18 for the 5.7L.

Guess its all in how you drive it. Maybe I'm too rough on mine.

But to the original post we test drove the sequoia when we bought my wife's 4Runner. I loved it and it got my vote but the 4Runner ended up winning out because my wife works and has to park in downtown Houston so the smaller vehicle was her choice. Saved a good bit of money so I wasn't complaining.

Plus the Sequoia was made for towing an AS. Don't you remember the commercials when they first came out with the new body style all showed it towing an AS?
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:19 AM   #6
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I've got a 2008 Platinum with the 5.7l... loafing along I get 25 to 27 on the highway (imperial gallons) and loaded with a 5000lb 22' Intl 13 to 16. This roughly matches purman in US gallons.

Lots of torque... great programming on the 6 speed for towing... love everything about it and there are some good deals on barely used ones if you look around.
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purman, that's pretty impressive mpg. A whole lot better than I would have expected. Significantly better than my 5.7 Tundra. You are talking about the new body style 5.7L Sequoia right?

That's about the gas mileage we get in my wife's new 4Runner. I would expect to get better in my truck then the Sequoia due to weight.

Toyotas website shows 14/20 for the 4.6L and 13/18 for the 5.7L.

Guess its all in how you drive it. Maybe I'm too rough on mine.

But to the original post we test drove the sequoia when we bought my wife's 4Runner. I loved it and it got my vote but the 4Runner ended up winning out because my wife works and has to park in downtown Houston so the smaller vehicle was her choice. Saved a good bit of money so I wasn't complaining.

Plus the Sequoia was made for towing an AS. Don't you remember the commercials when they first came out with the new body style all showed it towing an AS?
Yep that the new style and engine. I have even towed a 9000# mini excavator on a 2000# trailer up to my house and back down the 2000 feet , just to see how it did 55 mph up hill with plenty left, and no problem back down.

Now that's what the computer says. I have never Checked that with calculating miles with how much gas I put in.

It gets better mpg than our 01 4runner. And like I say, I live in the country so no real city driving. I love the six speed transmission. Going down hill you can manually go through all the gears. Because of this I spend a lot less time with my foot on the break.

My friend has the 8.2 litter in his surbuban, and gets 8mpg towing. Also can only put the transmission in 1 st 2 nd or 3 rd, he rides his breaks twice as much as i do. I think more and more are going to the 6 speed transmission. It's a great set up.
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My cousin has a Toyata pu with that engine and once he road with me in my Dodge Tradesman 4x4 seeing it get 21.2 mpg at 72 mph he fell in love.. Hemi,, 6 speed,, 3.96 gears and 390hp when you want it.. He fell over backwards when he found out I got my new Dodge for $14,000 cheaper. Now dealing on a new Dodge,.

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We're considering a new Toyota Sequoia (5.7L) for our next tow vehicle. I'd appreciate any frank (private if you prefer) feedback on the fuel economy, performance, towing stability etc. from current owners who tow a similar load to our FC23FB (5673 lbs loaded).
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As a followup to the thoughts of a pickup truck -- and as the TT is the one which is the permanent acquisition, not the TV -- a 23' A/S at under 7k can have quite a few TVs which would do a good job of pulling it. Read Andrew T's posts & threads, for example. Nothing wrong with a Sequoia, nor with a pickup (although there are better by design: fully independent suspension and low center of gravity). But it's a lot of money between all the possible choices as Sodbust points out with the example of the truck . . and that pays for all differences in fuel mileage, plus changes to the trailer in re wheels, tires, brakes, VPP hitch, etc. The OP might well ask: is this vehicle a good choice? For this size TT there are few bad ones . . . the differences that matter are elsewhere.

Good luck in your eventual choice. Hard to go wrong, IMO.

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We're considering a new Toyota Sequoia (5.7L) for our next tow vehicle. I'd appreciate any frank (private if you prefer) feedback on the fuel economy, performance, towing stability etc. from current owners who tow a similar load to our FC23FB (5673 lbs loaded).
Though you did not state the year, your Sequoia will be somewhat like a Tundra in towing -- provided you have towing package. I strongly suggest contacting Andy Tomson of CanAm RV in London, Ontario, Canada. Andy will guide you on towing and specific hitch solutions unique to YOUR needs. He's THE guru on towing!! Google his You Tube videos -- you can tow a 31' AS with a Taurus. He personally set up my Tundra to SAFELY tow my PanAm.
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I definitely don't question the power and abilities of the Sequoia. The 5.7L has more than enough power and easily tows my 25' FC. Wish I got that kind of mpg in my tundra. Maybe I could of I stayed out of the pedal but that motor just begs to go.

When I've double checked actual mileage versus the computer, the computer was always high by 1mpg or so. So pretty close.
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We're considering a new Toyota Sequoia (5.7L) for our next tow vehicle. I'd appreciate any frank (private if you prefer) feedback on the fuel economy, performance, towing stability etc. from current owners who tow a similar load to our FC23FB (5673 lbs loaded).
One major point for everyone: It is hard to fairly discuss mileage because of multiple factors being different in everyone driving style, location and elevation, and trans/differential combo. Not to mention not properly resetting the mileage computer. Further, the Sequoia and Tundra packages are available at different trim levels. A major point also is longevity and resale value of each vehicle relative to each other. Some on this thread are driving "work" trucks -- a Sequoia is MUCH more luxury, in general, than a 4-Runner. In closing, it's like art -- buy what you like -- and can afford -- to feed. Tow with safety in mind, because STOPPING is vastly more important than brute force off the line! Stay safe!!
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:29 PM   #12
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2008 Toyota Sequioa 5.7 with towing package

We bought our 2008 Toyota Sequioa used, specifically to tow our 25' FB. Love the Sequioa! Easily tows the Airstream (we have a Hensley hitch) however, we are Florida based and haven't done big mountains. About 15 trips through the southeast with about 11 MPG towing 14 MPG in the city and 18-19 MPG on the highway. We have two kids and a boxer and there is plenty of room for everyone. It is very comfortable!
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Joe,

A Sequoia should easily tow your trailer. We have a Tundra with the same running gear (5.7 L engine, 6 speed transmission, 4wd) and it easily tows our 25'. A pickup allows you to put a lot of dirty stuff in the bed (extra gas, sewer stuff, hitch parts, generator, etc.) that you may not want to put in the back of an SUV. The Sequoia is luxury, but you can get a Tundra similarly set up, though it may not be quite as comfy. The Tundra rides very smoothly and though the SR5 seats aren't great, sheepskins solved that (a lot cheaper than the lux trim lines).

The gas read out in ours runs 1 to 2 mpg higher than reality (same in our '06 4Runner). We get 10.5 towing, 16-17 not. We live at the other end of the same county as Jason at 6,800', so mileage is roughly similar except I've never gotten over 18 anywhere. Your trailer is lighter than ours, but heavier than Jason's, so you might come out in the middle.

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A Sequoia should easily tow your trailer. We have a Tundra with the same running gear (5.7 L engine, 6 speed transmission, 4wd) and it easily tows our 25'. A pickup allows you to put a lot of dirty stuff in the bed (extra gas, sewer stuff, hitch parts, generator, etc.) that you may not want to put in the back of an SUV. The Sequoia is luxury, but you can get a Tundra similarly set up, though it may not be quite as comfy. The Tundra rides very smoothly and though the SR5 seats aren't great, sheepskins solved that (a lot cheaper than the lux trim lines).

The gas read out in ours runs 1 to 2 mpg higher than reality (same in our '06 4Runner). We get 10.5 towing, 16-17 not. We live at the other end of the same county as Jason at 6,800', so mileage is roughly similar except I've never gotten over 18 anywhere. Your trailer is lighter than ours, but heavier than Jason's, so you might come out in the middle.

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That's because you don't have that 2000 foot drop in 11 miles. . The kids push the sequoia back up.
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