2001 Toyota Sequoia 4x4 owners review, let's look at the issues and the weird cool things about the first generation Toyota Sequoia. The best used SUV to buy is important because you don't want to spend all of your money on something that will give you problems, so here is what to look out for on the 1st generation Toyota Sequoias. The 1st generation Toyota Sequoia started in 2001 and ended in 2007, they all had the million mile v8, in the later years they were upgraded with higher horsepower vvti engines and 5 speed transmissions along with more technology for the interior, better nav and dash accessories. The limited trim also has leather with more luxurious pieces inside. This is the best SUV you can buy on a budget, it is reliable and the best value on the market. What a great budget overland vehicle too!