Today is day three with the Sequoia and we’ll take a look at all the available options and features.
The biggest change for 2010 is the addition of a new 4.6-liter V-8 engine, which makes more power and delivers better fuel efficiency than the previous 4.7-liter V-8. The previous 4.7-liter engine made 276 horsepower and the new 4.6-liter engine makes 310 hp. The new engine is also matched with a six-speed transmission instead of the previous five-speed. More on this tomorrow when we’ll take a detailed look at the mechanical.
Also new for the 2010 Sequoia, all models now have a Cold Kit with heated side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, and daytime running lights (DRL). The Cold Kit is a must for Denver drivers. For safety, driver and front passenger knee airbags are now standard equipment. Many features and amenities that were optional last year, are now standard equipment on the 2010 models.
The Sequoia Limited with four-wheel drive ($52,365) we’ll test this week, comes standard with the 5.7-liter V-8 and adds heated, leather trimmed seats; upgrades the driver’s seat to 10-way adjustable; and adds leather trim to the steering wheel, seats, and gearshift knob. The dash is upgraded with brighter Optitron gauges and a multi-information display. Eight-passenger seating is standard with the rear 60/40 third-row seat being power operated.
Outside, the Limited adds a roof rack, fog lamps, running boards and parking sonar system. For 2010, new standard equipment for the Limited includes a power rear door with a sliding window, 20-inch alloy wheels power tilt/slide moonroof, rear spoiler, and a backup camera with a 3.5-inch display built into the rear-view mirror. For 2010, new standard equipment includes the towing package.
Optional equipment that came on this tester were the DVD Navigation system ($1,460) with backup camera, a 14-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system that includes Bluetooth capability, and subscription to XM satellite radio and NavTraffic. Also optional was a Skid plate ($425) for off-road capability, and door sill protectors ($55).
Safety features standard on all 2010 Sequoia models include advanced frontal airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front row, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
Come back tomorrow and we will take a look at the all-new more powerful 4.6-liter V-8 engine and the new six-speed transmission.