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#7329 of 11429 Need help choosing between 4Runner & Sequoia
Aug 25, 2003 (3:04 am)
I've been planning on buying a '04' 4Runner within the next couple of months.
However I have noticed the lack of head and leg room in the new model. I'm 6'1" tall and approx. 200lbs. I think I'm about average height for this area (maybe a little on the tall/big side) but shouldn't the redesigned 4Runner have more headroom & legroom?
In order for me to get comfortable I have to lower the seat all the way to the bottom and move the seat all the way back to it's farthest postion. This leaves me about 2 1/2" headroom and no adjustment room for my legs (but the seat is in the spot I current want).
While this does make it easier to remember the settings if they get changed I don't think I want a new vehicle that has no room for adjustments.
What happens during the winter when I have a large, heavy coat on? What about when I wear boots?
All of this has got me thinking about another choice for the replacement of my 1996 Blazer. I want to stay with Toyota for their quality and reliabilty. The only other choice (within my price range) is the Sequoia.
The problem I have is that I already decided against a Chevy Tahoe because it is too big and I want something that is fairly "nibble" in the handling and parking department (I back into parking spots 99% of the time).
I drove a Sequoia today for the first time and it drives alot better that a Tahoe but it isn't small by any means.
The Lexus GX470 has the added headroom I need but it is BUTT ugly and overpriced IMHO.
Can anyone here give me any info on how the Sequoia compares to the 4Runner for everyday driving, handling, and parking?
This would be my everyday vehicle BTW.
Aug 25, 2003 (4:31 am)
Its rather surprising that you would complain about the room in 4Runner with 55.3" of hip room and 58" of shoulder room coming from a Blazer with 52" of hip room and 57.2" of shoulder room. They both have 39.7" of head room. Yeah, the legroom is 0.7" less but should be hardly noticeable. How do you deal with the small space of the Blazer? How much room do you have with a winter coat in the Blazer? You should have even more room in the 4Runner. Were you unhappy with the room in your Blazer and deciding to make sure that your new ride had more room? It looks like the 4Runner has the same to a little more room than the '96 Blazer.
Aug 25, 2003 (4:48 am)
Take a test drive in both back to back again. See how you feel.
If you think the Sequoia might be too big, it probably will be. Maybe ask on the sequoia section of Town Hall for their opinions.
If you're not off-roading, the Highlander might have more headroom.
Aug 25, 2003 (5:24 am)
You might consider a special order of a 4Runner without the sunroof. Eliminating that would give you additional headroom.
#7333 of 11429 Re: terrafirma & rogers12 (headroom in 4Runner vs Blazer)
Aug 25, 2003 (6:32 am)
I don't know where Toyota gets their specs from but there is less headroom in the 4Runner than in my Blazer for sure.
In my blazer the seats are much higher off the deck and I can adjust them to their upper limit and still have plenty of headroom.
On the 4Runner I have to do the opposite and position the seat close to if not on the floor in order to get a similar amount of headroom.
In the Blazer I have the seat about 3/4 of the way towards the rear. I still have about 3 inches of rearward travel left in it (I checked just now).
In the 4Runner I have to have the seat ALL the way back in order to position the seat where I want it.
These limits are with the Limited w/Sunroof. I know this is the model with the LEAST available headroom but it is unfortunetly the one I'm most interested in.
I might be willing to settle for one without a sunroof but darn it... that was one feature I've never had and I want it in my next upper scale vehicle!
As I said, there IS enough room for me in the 4Runner; it just that there isn't any real additional "wiggle" room for future adjustments.
Not that I plan or growing or anything....
BTW, I'm single so I really don't need all the passenger room of the Sequoia. And the 4Runner is EXACTLY what I've been looking for in overall size, price, and performance.
Aug 25, 2003 (6:42 am)
I have a sunroof and never use it. Wish I had bought my 4Runner new. I would have deleted it. Adds weight and no functionality for me.
Aug 25, 2003 (7:14 am)
There was someone else that commented on the headroom issue.
I suggested simply going to an auto upolstery shop and have them slice the seat bottom cushion a couple inches or replace with a firmer, thinner cushion. An easy job that won't affect the look of the seat at all.
Without the sunroof you are looking at an additional few inches of headroom. The sunroof steals alot of space.
If the seat is the only thing holding you back, and is "perfect" with no wiggle room. Consider the slight after-sale alteration. Or ask the dealer if they will do it- dealers have relationships with shops to install leather, etc.
#7336 of 11429 brake warping?
Aug 25, 2003 (7:21 am)
I have a 'new' 3k miles 03 V6 SE 4runner and have experienced a 'pulsing' or brake shudder at 35mph when braking. is it possible this is brake rotor warping? have only driven this most sedately since new, most miles around town smooth/gradual stops with two long trips consitituing around 2k of the miles-
Aug 25, 2003 (7:47 am)
I have the same truck as you and no shudder when braking.
Is it a true shuddering felt in the truck and steering or is it only in the pedal?
Aug 25, 2003 (7:52 am)
I'm with rogers12. I had a sunroof in my previous car. About the only times that I used it was on a hot day in the summer I would tilt it open for about 10 minutes to help cool down the car. After that, I would close the sunroof and pull the shade forward.
I've got a sunroof on my 03 V8 LTD, but only because that was all that was on the lot and I was too impatient to order one. I'd rather not have the sunroof. It adds cost and complexity. They can leak, or stop working, or rattle. YMMV.