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#704 of 1954 Re: XM [trebor129]
Dec 31, 2007 (7:38 am)
My brother just bought a new Sequoia, trading in his 2004. He, too, thought it was fully equipped with a XM-ready radio, but it's not. He had to buy the receiver. He's really not happy with this, especially since my much lesser 2008 Honda Element (I know, it's weird, but very practical) at 1/3 the price came with a fully-capable XM-ready radio. Just push the XM button, and scan the channels. Toyota should have made it that easy, especially at the price of the Sequoia.
#705 of 1954 Re: Sequoia vs Infiniti [keg97]
Dec 31, 2007 (9:39 am)
I've been reading these forums for some time, as I'm halfway through replacing a '04 Lexus GX470 and a '04 Escalade for me and the wife...so I thought I would relay my experience so far...
We replaced my Escalade with an '08 MB GL450 which the wife now drives..net it priced out at $62k loaded with premium package, 19" wheels, hitch- everything but rear DVD. It is a solid SUV with great performance- at least a half second better 0-60 and better stopping power than the Land Cruiser, LX 570, Escalade or Sequoia.
In addition to owning the GL, I have driven the '08 Sequoia, '08 Land Crusier, '08 Lexus GX470, Audi Q7 and '08 Escalade. The best value out there is the GX470 that can be bought loaded for about $50k- unfortunately it's too small for my needs (and the wife wanted the MB). While loaded with great features, the Sequoia is nice but does not have the interior finish of the Lexus, LC, Escalade or MB- nor will it provide a similar warranty or service experience as MB or Lexus (lexus is 2nd to none). While I like the size and features of the Sequoia, the ride/performance is OK, but the dash layout and quality of materials in the interior are pushing me to either the LC or another Mercedes...noting that the Mecedes is $3k cheaper than the LC when similarly equiped (net price offered by local dealers), and they are approximately the same size (one's longer, the other wider). I would really like the LX570, but don't ant to pay $77k+ for a new SUV. The best price I got on the Sequoia Platinum was $56k- only $6k different than the MB. What makes chosing one more difficult is that the Platinum has more/better features than the LC like 20" wheels, heated/cooled seats, and a functioning 3rd row seat.
At this point it looks like a toss up between the LC and the MB for me, unless I want to save $6-10k and buy the Platinum. I wish the GX was bigger, as then I'd have an easy choice. In closing, I would definietly buy the Sequoia if the dash was a similar layout and finish as the LC- but right now I don't think I would ever feel good sitting behind the wheel of a Platinum when there are some premium vehicles priced fairly close to it. I'd be interested if the readers are coming to similar conclusions when evaluating the Sequoia & other premium full size SUVs.
Dec 31, 2007 (10:59 am)
"The best price I got on the Sequoia Platinum was $56k- only $6k different than the MB"
Rear DVD on the Mercedes is $2670. And really, the Sequoia 5.7 engine should be compared to the GL550 as they are within 2 HP of each other.
#707 of 1954 Re: Sequoia vs Infiniti [awj123]
Dec 31, 2007 (11:01 am)
I'm with you awj123. When I first saw the 08 Platinum on the lot with a 57k sticker I almost choked. I too am looking at the Mercedes GL450.. I test drove the Lexus GX470 and BMW X5- both a bit too small. I would normally say reliability wise Toyota wins but Consumer Reports no longer says that. I have an '01 Limited now and have loved it. 120k miles and still going strong. What possessed them to make the Sequoia engine BIGGER?? I never thought it lacked power- although I don't tow. I guess I'm just struggling to pay close to 60k for a Toyota that isn't even recomended by Consumer Reports.
Dec 31, 2007 (11:11 am)
There is evidence that the Toyota pricing models breaks down as you go further up the line. I could debate it both ways. On one hand I have made the point that a LX570 is still $20K more than a Platinum, so that is a fair amount to explain the difference in interior quality. On the other hand, in the end, I gave up on the Platinum and got a $43,000 ($48,000 sticker) SR5 with basically all options. It is a lot easier to rationalize away the non-perfect luxury details when you are in the lower $40K range. Yes I gave up ride height control, electronic suspension, ventilated seats, power moving steering wheel and folding mirror, etc... All I really miss is the sonar and power rear gate. I do have power folding rear leather seats and stuff.
#709 of 1954 Re: d [trebor129]
Dec 31, 2007 (11:29 am)
Is the power rear gate an option on the SR5? I'm assuming so, right?
Dec 31, 2007 (11:42 am)
No, it is not. Sonar is though. I am not sure if a dealer could add the sonar. Even if they could, they would probably charge me 2x what it is from the factory.
I could add the electrochromic mirror though pretty easily.
I cannot find a way to get a leather-wrapped steering wheel in an SR5, but mine came with one. It is listed on the Limited.
Dec 31, 2007 (11:45 am)
CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THE DRIVERS SEAT ADJUSTABLE THIGH SUPPORTS ARE AVAILABLE ON ANY MODEL EXCEPT THE PLATINUM.
#712 of 1954 Re: d [trebor129]
Dec 31, 2007 (11:48 am)
HP/torque is NOT the only way to compare engines. Performance is. The GL450 gets 13/18 MPG (same as Sequoia) and runs to 60 in 6.5- faster than the Sequoia. It also has a 7 speed auto...does that make it better than the Sequoia since it has that extra gear?
Cliff Notes....not a bad powertrain.
Oh yeah...it was also Motor Trend SUV of the Year last year.
#713 of 1954 Re: Sequoia vs Infiniti [awj123]
Dec 31, 2007 (11:58 am)
Funny but my wife said this to the Toyota sales person and me-
"Put the Land Cruiser interior in the Sequoia and we're buying one right now".
Trebor is right though....the Sequoia loses the value equation when it gets close to 50K. The SR5 well optioned is probably the best value, but then you lose some important option availablity.