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#907 of 1954 Platinum 2nd Row Center Console
Jan 17, 2008 (8:30 am)
According to Toyota Customer Service and posts I've read here, the console is not removable on the platinum models. I find this amusing as I have a 2006 with 2nd row buckets and removed the console from the beginning to ease access to the third row. In fact, I rarely see a Sequoia with 2nd row buckets with the console in place. And Toyota's media release said engineers lived with families to see how they used the current model. What a joke. Now my question as I have not seen a platinum in person yet. Can someone out there with a platinum tell me whether the console can be unbolted and the heated seat wires tucked away? I can't imagine they are supplying two different carpet layouts underneath for the limited and platinum. I'm trying to avoid giving up the driver memory seats by going with a limited as my wife and I switch vehicles often. If memory seats aren't on the limited as I've also read, maybe this engineer was sitting on a couch for 6 months watching Tivo as the families were out in their Sequoia.
#908 of 1954 Re: Platinum 2nd Row Center Console [glpmedia]
Jan 17, 2008 (8:38 am)
On a similar note, could someone help me figure out, in regards to the 2nd row, what is standard and what is optional for each of the 3 trim levels?
I went to a dealer this week, and they had a few of each trim level. All where the same.
SR5 had bench seating. Limited had bucket seats with no center console. Platinum had captains chairs with center console.
I do have to say, the Limited look lind of odd. THey may not have had the center arm rests down, but it looked kind of like a bench seat, with just the center removed. They weren't really what I would consider captains chairs.
#909 of 1954 Re: 2009 Sequoia [toddhm]
Jan 17, 2008 (9:00 am)
In my 10 years selling Toyotas the only minor change I recall was to the 2003 4Runner SR5. This came with the gray plastic overfenders as opposed to the painted ones like on the Limited. Toyota received numerous complaints about them and in mid model year they changed them to color key like the Limiteds.
The 2009 will be the same as the 08. I have heard rumors about an extended lenght Sequoia but nothing concrete. Maybe a diesel or hybrid in the future
Anything I find I will post here first.
Jan 17, 2008 (9:01 am)
[quote] According to Toyota Customer Service and posts I've read here, the console is not removable on the platinum models. [/quote]
This is CONTRARY to everything I have heard... It defeates the purpose of the second row captains chairs folding flat... I have always heard that the center console in the second row is removable...
Now if the DAMN AUTO TRANSPORTER would ASSIGN a truck driver to my PLATINUM sitting on the EAST COAST for 4 weeks now, I might actually be able to drive it!!!! I'm STILL waiting for a truck driver to pick up my vehicle posted on the national auto transport board for 4 weeks!!!
#911 of 1954 Re: Platinum 2nd Row Center Console [amheck1]
Jan 17, 2008 (9:02 am)
You have it down. SR5 bench, Limited buckets no console, Platinum buckets and center console.
#912 of 1954 Re: Platinum 2nd Row Center Console [mackabee]
Jan 17, 2008 (9:19 am)
Thanks as always Mack. So that's the "no if's, and's, or but's" answer. i.e. no additional options on any trim level.
#913 of 1954 Re: Platinum 2nd Row Center Console [amheck1]
Jan 17, 2008 (9:21 am)
Aaron, I don't know if I understand the question. You mean as far as the center console and bucket seats are concerned? If it's just the center console issue then it's as I posted in the last message.
#914 of 1954 Re: Platinum 2nd Row Center Console [glpmedia]
Jan 17, 2008 (9:59 am)
I've been inside several Platinums and test driven one. I've also been inside several Limiteds but none with 2nd row captain's chairs. I currently have a Platinum on order for delivery in Feb.
The Captain's chair option in the Limited does not include a center console (it also does not include 2nd row heated seats). The seats do fold flat and level with the 3rd row seat when it is retracted. There is however a gap in the floor between the 2nd row captain's seats when they are folded flat.
The captain's chairs with center console in the Platinum also fold flat and level with the 3rd row when retracted. The center console is not considered a removable unit as it incorporates the wiring for the heated seats. The console has both a hinge on the front and the rear of the console. The upper rear hinge allows the console to be opened from the front to expose a compartment. The front hinge is lower on the console. The purpose of this hinge is to allow the console to "clamshell" open. This action results in the console being level with the 2 captain's chairs when they are folded down giving the Platinum Sequoia a reasonably flat surface from the rear hatch to the front seats, unlike the captain's chair option in the Limited which leaves a large gap.
Here's an article that describes the console operation: "The Platinum has an optional center-row console that opens 180 degrees to create a tray for passengers and also allows for a flat cargo floor."
A picture is worth a thousand words...if you carefully at this picture you'll be able to see how it clamshells' forward to become flat when the 2nd chairs are folded down. (FYI, this is the Red Rock interior with black carpeting and black lower door panels.)
#915 of 1954 Re: Platinum 2nd Row Center Console [hdfatboy]
Jan 17, 2008 (10:50 am)
I just came from the local dealer ( NY Metro Area) and got a first hand look at the new Sequoia. They did not have any Platinum editions but my impression of the vehicle was mixed. Overall I like it and feel it is a big improvement over the previous model. I did not drive it today , I plan to return another day for a drive.
When looking at this SUV from the front I think of a big massive masculine truck. It is very imposing to look at. From the rear, I think it looks more feminine and I am reminded of the Highlander. It doesn't match. From the side, its nice but something is missing. I can't put my finger on it. The dealer said the Platinum will not have anything on its body to differentiate itself from the other models. I find this a bit disappointing.
As far as the interior, I like the fold flat design for the third row ( almost flat) and it is wider than my Yukon Denali XL for storage. I can't believe the Platinum can not be ordered with a bench. I need the combination of fold flat design to carry things and the bench for carpooling kids. I am very disappointed and hope they change this.
The overall look of the dashboard I felt was inferior for a vehicle of this price. It has a cheap feeling to it. The redesigned Escalade/Yukon has a much more refined and elegant look and feel. I am anxious to see the slate color and cassis red color.
I am looking forward to the test drive and expect the transmission to be very very smooth and strong.
#916 of 1954 Re: Platinum 2nd Row Center Console [reggie6]
Jan 17, 2008 (12:41 pm)
I think your perspective is spot-on regarding the new Sequoia (or at least it matches my view). The interior look is better in the GM products (I actually like the interior look & feel of my 5 yr old Denali XL better than the new Sequoia). However the interior design of the new Sequoia is far better than the GM products.
More leg room and seat adjustments in both the 2nd & 3rd rows of the Sequoia vs the Yukon or Yukon XL. Its quite a shame that GM has a larger vehicle in the Suburban/Yukon XL/Denali XL yet the interior space is so much less than the Sequoia. Even though the Sub has a greater volume it really is unuseable since the second row seats do not fold level with the floor once you've gone to the trouble of lugging the 3rd row seat out of the vehicle.
This last point was the deciding factor for me to go with the Sequoia. Also the fact that the Sequoia has a more flexible drivetrain, higher tow rating and Bluetooth helped in my decision. Most everything else is a wash (including price). If the interior design, drivetrain, tow rating and bluetooth are non factors for you, these 2 vehicles would be a coin toss or would be decided by the aesthetics which are different for everybody.