Post # 1
I’m car shopping and had narrowed it down to two choices:
Then, our sales guys let us test drive a Sequia and I LOVED it!! The only this is that I live in Houston and I drive in stop and go traffic ALL THE TIME!! 😮 (it’s maddening!!!) I’m very worried about what this SUV could do to my gas allowance! Tips? Advice?
BTW= it’s a 2wd if that means anything to you ladies. Also, I drive an average of 250 miles a week…
Post # 3
Google average miles per gallon and compare all three.
The cylinders in each vehicle is also going to largely determine the gas consumption.
Post # 4
Do they have a hybrid version of the Sequoia? My step mom has a hybrid Highlander and it is awesome on gas especially when we were driving around in Washington, DC with all the stop and go traffic. I would consider a hybrid if you can since you have a lot of traffic in your area.
Post # 5
I would say if you are really concerned about gas mileage, I would scrap the idea about getting an SUV altogether, especially if you are primarily driving it in the city. If you want the SUV for storage space, you can compromise and get a hatchback vehicle (although I recognize they are not to everyone’s taste). FI and I own a 2009 Subaru Impreza hatchback and its great. Plus the AWD (all wheel drive) is a good add on. Other great hatchback choices include cars like the Toyota Matrix, Honda Fit, and Mazda 3.
But there are lots of decisions that go into buying a car, so choose the vehicle that is best for you! My FI drove a Highlander when he went to a conference in LA and he LOVED it – said if we ever get an SUV, it would be the Highlander for sure.
Post # 6
I have a Toyota 4Runner (sized between the Highlander and Sequoia), with fulltime 4wd, which apparently decreases my mileage. If I drive like a fool (lots of use of the V8), then yeah, the gas mileage isn’t great – but if I drive nicely, the mileage is actually pretty good. Highway mileage is good too.
I would double check whether you need premium fuel on the Sequoia or can use regular fuel. Also, unless you will be traveling where there is lots of snow and ice, you might want to ask if you can get it without the fulltime 4wd, as that would help your gas mileage too.
I have to also say that Toyota support is AWESOME.
Post # 7
oops, durrr, I can read 🙂 – you’re looking at the 2wd version! Nevermind that part of my post lol
Post # 8
I think all of those would technically be considered “gas guzzlers”. You should look up the EPA but know that you will likely get WORSE mileage if you live in Houston and have to crank the AC all summer.
I also live in TX and have an Escape Hybrid. Sure, it is smaller, but I LURV it. When it isn’t crazy hot, and you are stuck in traffic, it will switch to the battery. Unfortunately, when it is VERY hot, I have to make it run on gas so I’m not soaking w/ sweat by the time I get to work, but it’s really not that bad.
I can fit everything I’ve ever needed in the car, and on a rare occassion am easily able to tie things to the luggage rack on top (furniture to move). Why do you want such a big SUV?
Post # 9
I love Toyota, but the Sequoia is their largest SUV, and will be cumbersome to drive with blind spots, especially if you are of small stature. Stop and go? Forget any quick maneuvering switching lanes- You’ll kill your gas mileage just stepping on the gas from a stopped position. I understand the majority of trucks you see in Houston are huge, but don’t give in! What do you need? Are you hauling a ton of stuff most days?
The Highlander Hybrid is a great car, comes both 2wd (and 4wd but doesn’t sound like you’d need that), plenty spacious if you are hauling a ton or have dogs, etc, and looks nice too.
If your biggest concern is stop and go and gas, also consider a Prius. It’s a hatchback too if you want to tailgate, carries more than you think because of the dome and the hatchback. Once you start getting 40-50mpg and you’re driving 250mi a week, it’ll be hard to go back to something 20+mpg. Prius’ have a great safety rating and the new ones finally offer a sunroof.
Build the Hybrid movement in Texas!
Post # 10
We currently drive an Odyssey and the mileage on it is on par to my old Focus. Gas-wise it looks like the Highlander wins between all three choices i’m looking at. The Sequoia is just so awesome! Damn that sales ma! I guess he did his job 😛 I will be strong though. It looks like the Pilot is out of our price range :[ and the Sequia just seems like a bad idea, especially since i drive 20+ miles to and from work during the week, not excluding other outings i might take. Highlander.. here i come 😀 😀
Now i’ve just gotta find one with decent miles and a good price. None of these will be brand new cars.. k.. thanks bees.. ( see, it’s why i love weddingbee!)
Post # 11
I had a Toyta Sequoia and I loved it. I was in the Dallas/Fort Worth area at the time so I understand about the stop and go traffic and heat.
I does not get great gas milage but it is WAYYYYYY better than some other large SUVs (Expedition = Gas Guzzler = BROKE).
I will forever drive a larger SUV. I got in a pretty bad car accident and the only thing that protected me from being a fatality was the fact that my SUV had a lot of bulk and I was lucky. I am not saying that large SUVs are perfect or will save you from every crash but I love mine.