2016 Toyota Sequoia Driving Impressions

The 5.7-liter V8 seriously rumbles, and 90 percent of its 401 foot-pounds of torque are available at 2200 rpm. That makes it a tractor, a beautiful monster for towing. We’ll stop short of saying it’s maneuverable or friendly in the city, but we will commend the Sequoia for its tight 38-foot turning circle, and for the lack of road noise in the cabin.

Its ride is good for a truck thanks to the independent rear suspension. The Platinum’s active variable air suspension is more composed. Without that, we’d say the Highlander, or the Ford Flex or Honda Pilot are more composed than the Sequoia, though they are not in the same size class.

Four-wheel-drive models have a two-speed transfer case with Torsen limited-slip differential that splits the power between the front and rear wheels as needed. There’s also A-TRAC active traction control.

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