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kgrove
06-22-2013, 10:30 PM
In think of replacing my current truck and have narrowed it down to the Tundra and Sequoia. Anyone know the mechanical differences between the two? I know the Sequoia is based on the Tundra, but is the suspension and brake system identical? Whichever I get I'd be doing the 5.7 engine... Lousy gas mileage but great engine otherwise.

I'm leaning towards the Sequoia only because of the third row seats and ability to take more than just our family to the lake without taking two cars, but that wouldn't matter often enough to swing the difference if the Tundra is a better tow car.

nickespi
06-23-2013, 10:41 AM
Tundra hands down. I went from towing my 30 with a Sequoia to the Tundra. Now the Sequoia was the first gen with the 4.7 but all Sequoias have IRS and I didn't care for the feel when towing. Kinda bouncy. The Tundra handles the load much better and of course the 5.7 is decent. Still wish I had a diesel at times, but don't really regret not getting a 3/4 ton.

nickespi
06-23-2013, 10:44 AM
Oh, and seating in the Tundra is awesome...if you get CrewMax. Tons of room. Just don't ever sit in one if you're planning on going with the double cab lol. Sequoia third rows are kind of a joke and leave no storage in the back when in use. Can't beat the bed of a truck.

Grant777
06-23-2013, 11:02 AM
I've got the double cab. The back seat is big enough and you get a full size bed. And it looks better.

nickespi
06-23-2013, 11:12 AM
I've got the double cab. The back seat is big enough and you get a full size bed. And it looks better.

Oh no you didn't!!! Hahaha

Astepatatime
06-23-2013, 12:09 PM
Oh, and seating in the Tundra is awesome...if you get CrewMax.

X2. My wife prefers taking long road trips (think 8+ hours) in our Tundra over her Lexus RX330 because the seats are more comfortable.

Love my Tundra - has 5.7L. I do wish it was 4x4 at times. But great truck and get a lot of compliments on it.

Razzys Wagon
06-23-2013, 02:54 PM
tundra hands down, what year are you looking at? hit me up when you get it I can give you some gas mileage helping info........ I use to be with TRDSparks.com and I was the tundra go to guy there.......

nickespi
06-23-2013, 02:56 PM
TRDSparks is legit!

kgrove
06-23-2013, 11:24 PM
tundra hands down, what year are you looking at? hit me up when you get it I can give you some gas mileage helping info........ I use to be with TRDSparks.com and I was the tundra go to guy there.......

I haven't decided what year yet. If I go Tundra, I was leaning to new because the price gap between a 2013 and 2010 used isn't all that high (I think the 2013 quote I got was pretty good). If went Sequoia I'd look at a 2010 +/- a year as the dealers are gouging deep on Sequoias. They are nowhere near as high volume a truck for Toyota as they used to be so they appear to be price skimming where the Tundra has high volume and good competition.

What kind of tricks do you know for gas mileage?

Grant777
06-24-2013, 02:56 AM
Gas mileage tip 1: don't drive it. I get about 240miles on a full tank. Lucky gas is cheap.

A friend who owns the same truck changed the air filter and the exhaust system and claims he gets another 5-8% better fuel economy.

76S&S
06-24-2013, 09:35 AM
My wife drives an older Sequoia and the breaking is lacking for towing much of a load.

Ironhorse
06-24-2013, 10:49 AM
I have the Crewmax and love it!!

ncsone
06-24-2013, 10:58 AM
As an owner of one, I can say that the Crewmax Tundra is great. But, the 5.7 does like the gas. For whoever said they had some gas saving tips, share them on here. There are a fair amount of Tundra owners on here - I am sure we could all use the help.

I am getting ~13.5 avg in mixed city/hwy driving (Crewmax 4x4 w/ Rock Warrior package). And, I am easy on the throttle. I came from an 07 Tahoe where the exact same driving was getting me a ~17.5 mpg avg.

Dylan
06-24-2013, 11:59 AM
I have the Crewmax Tundra too, but love the Sequoias. Really depends on what your uses are. When I bought the truck I figured I'd need a trailer with the smaller bed, however I have never had an issue. I've carried several yards of rock, dirt, mulch, lumber, etc. without any issues whatsoever with the smaller bed size. Everyone loves the truck, and get complimented on it all the time!

Razzys Wagon
06-24-2013, 04:38 PM
Gas mileage tip 1: don't drive it. I get about 240miles on a full tank. Lucky gas is cheap.

A friend who owns the same truck changed the air filter and the exhaust system and claims he gets another 5-8% better fuel economy.

there is 2 of the tips, the trd cold air kit will give you the best mileage increase over the others we had seen at the time,'08-'09 when I left TRDSparks, the other is manual mode on the shifter, when you get up to cruising speed, not towing of course, slip it over in manual shift mode, what this does is it keeps the trans from needlessly down shifting to 5th and then back to 6th, also will keep the converter locked up longer, most seen 2-4 mpg improvement in steady state driving using this technique........around town your kinda stuck with what you have, you may can try some non-ethanol gas to see how it helps, should help some, the truck we had at the tundra meet in myrtle beach with the TRD supercharger on it would average 17-19 in beach traffic, this was with stock exhaust and air box.

the other is the TRD charger, but your not supposed to run a cold air intake or exhaust with it as it may throw off the TRD calibration they have to load for the charger and pop the check engine light on.......



on a side note, anyone have one without a factory alarm? but keyless entry and the 5.7?

Look here>>>>> http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/sparks-toyota/198373-how-activate-your-alarm-your-5-a/

Aric'sX15
06-24-2013, 04:45 PM
Gas mileage tip 1: don't drive it. I get about 240miles on a full tank. Lucky gas is cheap.

A friend who owns the same truck changed the air filter and the exhaust system and claims he gets another 5-8% better fuel economy.

Holy crap.. how big is the tank?! i get 400 plus in my 150

nickespi
06-24-2013, 05:06 PM
22ish gallons I believe. You definitely don't buy it for its mpg's.

Tommy1005
06-24-2013, 05:29 PM
gotta love the 36 gallon tank in my 13 F150 especially when you're towing. Drug 7000 pounds from Amarillo back to Houston getting 12.5-13mpg at 75-80. Granted not through mountains, but a lot of up and down coming through the hill country.

The 36 gallon gas tank and the Ford interior are why I have a Ford and not the Toyota. I looked really hard at both. My wife wants a Seqouia, but we're waiting for the 2014 Expeditions with Ecoboost.

That being said I don't think you can go wrong with either, we sometimes wish we had a little extra space in the truck when we have the dogs with us.

Sodar
06-24-2013, 05:42 PM
I went back and forth heavily when trying to decide on the Tundra vs. Sequoia. I had just sold my Tahoe and was really looking for another SUV, but after test driving the Tundra and seeing the room the CrewMax had in the second row, I was sold. I love the fact that with a truck everything can be thrown into the bed and you do not have to listen to it rattle and shift the whole time you are driving. As everyone has said, the 5.7 is thirsty and if it were not for my company's perks, I would not be happy about footing the fuel bill out of my own pocket. I usually get about 300 miles per tank towing my PS 197. No one has said this before, but when the low fuel light comes on, you have at LEAST 6 gallons in the tank. Even at conservative 12mpg, that is a lot left without filling up. I usually fill up 50 miles after the Low Fuel message comes up and I have never had less than a few gallons in the tank. Just food for thought.

nickespi
06-24-2013, 06:47 PM
I went back and forth heavily when trying to decide on the Tundra vs. Sequoia. I had just sold my Tahoe and was really looking for another SUV, but after test driving the Tundra and seeing the room the CrewMax had in the second row, I was sold. I love the fact that with a truck everything can be thrown into the bed and you do not have to listen to it rattle and shift the whole time you are driving. As everyone has said, the 5.7 is thirsty and if it were not for my company's perks, I would not be happy about footing the fuel bill out of my own pocket. I usually get about 300 miles per tank towing my PS 197. No one has said this before, but when the low fuel light comes on, you have at LEAST 6 gallons in the tank. Even at conservative 12mpg, that is a lot left without filling up. I usually fill up 50 miles after the Low Fuel message comes up and I have never had less than a few gallons in the tank. Just food for thought.

Yeah, the tank is actually 26 gallons, but after initial fill-up, you won't be able to pump more than 22 gallons. Something to do with a built in reserve tank. There's a thread about it on tundrasolutions.com.

Camusic X15
06-26-2013, 03:11 AM
I've been towing an X-15 with an '05 Sequoia Limited for 3 years. Never a problem and works well in the mountains. Thinking about upgrading to a new Sequoia. My '05 has air suspension and have heard that without that the new Sequoia will sag a fair bit. Only the Platinum ($$$$) has the air suspension. Anybody have any problems with the non-air Sequoia's sagging?

bzettler83
06-28-2013, 12:32 AM
You can always add rear air bags. Check out the air lift 1000 system. I have it on my 4runner and it works wonders.