Toyota’s 2013 Sequoia’s will only be available with the 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 engine, which was previously offered as an option. Toyota has eliminated the SUV’s base 310-hp, 4.6-liter V-8. In the latest test conducted on a 5.7-liter-equipped, four-wheel-drive Sequoia, the powerful V-8 enabled the 6100-pound car to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 6.6 seconds. Fuel economy is slightly compromised. For the 5.7-liter, the rear-drive models give up 1 mpg in the city and 2 on the highway compared to the previous 4.6 engine. Toyota hasn’t officially released the pricing but it’s believed that the rig’s base sticker will climb to about the same level as what’s required to get a 5.7-liter 2012 model. The 2013 Sienna minivan’s price was increased too. This model had let go of its base four-cylinder this year. It is therefore implied that the 5.7-liter rear-drive Sequoia could have a starting price of $42,540.
Gallery: 2012 Toyota Sequoia