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PROJECT CAR> First Gen Sequoia: 4×4 V8 Beast

Twenty three years after it was first introduced, is the 2001 Toyota Sequoia still a solid purchase as a used vehicle? Most Toyota truck owners would tell you YES! Anyone looking for a used SUV that blends legendary Toyota reliability with spacious comfort and capable performance should really consider the 2001 Toyota Sequoia, and here’s why.

Bro. It’s a TOYOTA

Toyota’s reputation for rock-solid reliability precedes it, and the 2001 Sequoia exemplifies this. Its powerful 4.7L V8 engine, known for its longevity, delivers ample power for towing adventures or navigating challenging terrain. The simple, well-built mechanics translate to minimal maintenance costs and fewer trips to the shop, making it a smart choice for budget-conscious drivers.

If you become homeless, you could sleep in it super comfortably

Need room for the whole crew and their gear? The Sequoia delivers. Its cavernous interior boasts comfortable seating for eight passengers, and the impressive cargo space swallows luggage, camping gear, or sporting equipment with ease. Whether it’s a family road trip or a weekend getaway with friends, the Sequoia offers the flexibility and comfort to accommodate any adventure.

Off-Road Prowess

Don’t let its size fool you; the Sequoia isn’t afraid to get dirty. Available with four-wheel drive and a capable suspension, it tackles rough roads and light trails with confidence. While not a dedicated rock crawler, it offers enough capability to handle weekend excursions beyond the pavement, opening up new possibilities for exploration. Let’s face it – 90% of the offroad builds you see aren’t doing any hard core rock climbing either. If you have a first gen Big Tree, you got this.

Timeless Value

As a used vehicle, the 2001 Sequoia offers exceptional value for the money. Depreciation has brought its price down significantly, making it an affordable option compared to newer models. With its legendary reliability and low maintenance costs, the Sequoia promises years of dependable service without breaking the bank.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to think about

  • Fuel Economy: The V8 engine isn’t exactly a fuel sipper, so expect much MUCH lower gas mileage compared to modern SUVs. (Whatever. At least they don’t spontaneously catch on fire… and you won’t need to waste 2+ hrs waiting in line for a charge while you’re roadtripping on your weekend vacation.)
  • Technology: The 2001 model lacks the advanced tech features found in newer vehicles. (That also means less things will break. Think about all the electrical/electronic problems in newer vehicles that won’t apply to YOU.)
  • Safety Features: While meeting safety standards for its time, it may not have the latest driver-assistance features available today. (Whatever, it’s a tank. If someone runs into you while you’re driving your Sequoia, it’s likely going to total THEIR car but only slightly damage the Big Tree.)

For those who prioritize reliability, spaciousness, and capability over cutting-edge tech and fuel efficiency, the 2001 Toyota Sequoia remains a compelling choice. It’s a used SUV that embodies the Toyota spirit – a vehicle built to conquer time and terrain, offering years of adventure and memories for its owners. So, if you’re seeking a used SUV that blends practicality, durability, and a touch of off-road spirit, the 2001 Toyota Sequoia might just be your perfect match.

Oh, also… if you end up buying a Sequoia with over 100K miles (MOST of them have over 100K/200K at this point, make sure you get a TOYOTA High Mileage Window Cling FREE while it’s still available from TOYOTA. You have to upload a photo of your odometer to the website in the link above. They have them available for odometer readings from 100K – 700K miles!

Oh, what a feeling. I love what you do for me, TOYOTA. Let’s go places!

:: Antonio Alvendia

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