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Toyota already had a full size SUV in its lineup, the Land Cruiser, but the introduction of the Toyota Sequoia in 2001 brought a slightly larger vehicle with a more comfortable interior to the market.

First-year sales of the Toyota Sequoia were impressive, at 68,574 units, but sales declined to just 16,387 units by 2009.

The 2008 through 2010 Sequoia models were recalled in 2010 due to concerns that a small percentage of vehicles may have faulty accelerator pedals.

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Pricing for the 2011 Toyota Sequoia

The SR5 is the base model Toyota Sequoia. Priced at $40,930 without options, it comes equipped with a 4.6 liter V8 engine, a CD/MP3 player, and dual zone A/C.

The Sequoia Limited trim has a starting MSRP of $51,040. For that price, you get a 5.7 liter V8 engine that generates 346 horsepower–that’s 65 more than the base model.

You also get heated mirrors, a rear parking aid, and a premium audio system. An entertainment system with rear-seat controls is optional for this trim.

The highest-level trim available for the 2011 Toyota Sequoia is the Platinum. Starting at $58,080, it features the same engine as the Sequoia Limited, but it is equipped with keyless entry, a backup camera, and a power liftgate.

It also comes standard with a garage door opener, an entertainment/navigation system, and heated and cooled front seats.

Auto Insurance Rates for the Toyota Sequoia

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the base model Toyota Sequoia SR5 will cost $1,073 per year to insure for the average driver.

The NADA estimates that rates for the Sequoia Limited will be slightly higher than those for the SR5, at about $1,153 per year, and expected auto insurance rates for the Sequoia Platinum are around $1,188 per year.

Auto insurance rates for the 2011 Sequoia are low compared to the NADA-estimated rates for competing full size SUVs like the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Chevrolet Tahoe.

Suburban drivers can anticipate paying about $1,182 annually for car insurance, which is about $100 more than drivers of the base model Sequoia will pay. It is about the same as the expected auto insurance rates that the NADA reports for the Sequoia Platinum.

GMC Yukon drivers will pay an estimated $1,191 for auto insurance annually, the NADA reports. Rates for insuring a Chevy Tahoe are slightly lower than those for the Yukon and Suburban, at $1,145 per year.

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Toyota Sequoia Maintenance Expenses

The NADA anticipates that the 2-wheel drive Sequoia SR5 will incur $2,330 in routine maintenance bills by the time it hits its fifth year in operation. No maintenance costs are expected during the SR5’s first year in operation, and they should total less than $150 during the second year.

The third-year tune-up for the Sequoia SR5 will cost just over $1,500, and fourth- and fifth-year routine maintenance bills will add up to less than $700.

Interestingly, the NADA reports that 5-year maintenance costs for the 2-wheel drive Toyota Sequoia Limited are slightly less than those for the base model SR5. This difference is due mainly to a slightly lower bill for the vehicle’s third-year tune-up.

The NADA reports that estimated 5-year scheduled maintenance rates for the 2011 Sequoia Platinum trim are identical to those for the 2011 Sequoia Limited.

Repairs for the 2011 Toyota Sequoia

The Sequoia Platinum is not expected to incur any repair costs until the third year it is on the road. The NADA expects an average bill of $409 during the third year of operation, and repair bills averaging $682 for the fourth and fifth years of operation.

This SUV’s five-year repair bill should total $1,774. Estimated repair bills for the Toyota Sequoia Limited and SR5 trims are expected to be identical to that for the Platinum Sequoia.

Toyota Sequoia Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is definitely a weak point for the Toyota Sequoia. If you opt for a 2-wheel drive model with the smaller 4.6 liter engine, you’ll get 14 city mpg and 20 highway mpg. If you pair the 4.6 liter V8 with 4-wheel drive, highway fuel economy drops to 19 mpg.

With the 5.7 liter engine that comes standard on the Limited and Platinum trims, you get just 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway if you select 2-wheel drive. Pairing 4-wheel drive with this engine further reduces the Sequoia’s city fuel economy to 13 mpg.

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If fuel efficiency is a concern for you, but you need a large, capable SUV, the Yukon, Suburban, and Tahoe all offer better gas mileage than the Sequoia, at 15 city mpg/20 highway mpg. Their highway gas mileage is the same as the 2-wheel drive Sequoia SR5’s, but they get an additional mile per gallon in city driving.

The Tahoe and Yukon both offer hybrid options that get 23 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.

Safety Ratings for the Sequoia SUV

Neither the federal government nor the insurance industry has tested the 2011 Toyota Sequoia yet. Very few tests have been conducted on the 2010 Sequoia, either.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did administer a rollover test, and the 2010 Sequoia earned four of five possible stars in this evaluation. This is an impressive result, considering that most other large affordable SUVs only earned three stars in rollover testing.

The NHTSA has also evaluated the 2009 Sequoia’s performance in front-end collisions. It awarded the Sequoia five stars for protecting the driver, and four for protecting the front passenger.

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