2011 Toyota Sienna

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  • Strong and refined V6 engine
  • 7 or 8 passenger seating
  • available all-wheel drive
  • Impressive road handling for a minivan
  • Upper trims get expensive
  • Interior has sub-par build quality
Ruling: The redesigned 2011 Toyota Sienna is pleasant and easy to drive. The interior scores high marks for its comfortable seats and high-tech options. For those who desire more sportiness from a minivan, there is the sport-tuned Sienna SE models for parents who like carving corners when hauling the family to Applebees.

There are five trims available on the 2011 Sienna: base, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. The Limited is the most luxurious and the most expensive. The new model gets a thrifty four-cylinder engine on the base LE trim, but keeps its time-tested 3.5-liter V6 for buyers who put power before fuel economy.

CarReview's opinion of the 2011 Toyota Sienna

  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Star Safety System is standard on all Sienna models
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Dual power sliding side doors with power lift gate
  • Front/rear parking sonar
  • Dual view widescreen with split-screen capability
  • Many, many convenient storage bins and cupholders strategically placed
  • Navigation screen defaults to displaying map view and no option for "night" view when headlights are switched on
  • Plastic dashboard materials look and feel cheap
  • Second-row seats don't stow or swivel, and removing them requires muscle
  • Top-line versions get pricey

Verdict: Those in the market for a larger family van will generally be pleased with the 2011 Toyota Sienna. The vehicle offers a 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission to briskly carry seven or eight people inside. New for 2011 is the economical 187hp 2.-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Inside, the plastics and touch-points are improved compared to the old Sienna. The biggest additions are the second-row party seats that slide, flip, fold and come out with minimal effort. But they don't fold into the floor like the Dodge seats. In top-level XLE and Limited, those second-row seats also recline and include an extendable ottoman foot stool, which provides enough space for six-footers to stretch out in style.

Cargo room behind the third row is rated at 39.1 cu.-ft. and expands to 87.1 cu.-ft. with the third row folded flat. Toyota claims a total of 150 cu.-ft. of cargo room, but as you have to remove the seats entirely, that's a bit misleading. Chrysler's Town & Country gets 140 cu.-ft. with the second row seats folding right into the floor.

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Review Date
March 25, 2011

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2011 8 passengers v6 le

Smooth handling

Gas milage

Had A lot of problems with this vehicle
OIl Pan leak
soft plug leak
defective engine block (had to replace)
Oil pressure switch leak
Timing chain gaskit replace
Engine blew up due water pump leak
Vehicle was in the shop for 38days in the first year 6300miles driven

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September 14, 2010

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2011 Toyota Sienna XLE

So many wonderful things about this vehicle. Exterior styling Rocks! Lots of room, easy access to the back row, convenience of 7 passenger seating when 8 isn't needed. Love the powerful engine and smooth ride yet you can still feel the road. Power doors and liftgate operated from the fobs are necessary features, as well as auto up/down windows in all positions. Very quiet interior and the leather is great, though I would prefer a shade or two darker. The back-up camera is a nice feature, though I would prefer an integrated touch interface for the base radio/CD/MP3 (with no GPS/Nav required to do so) and make use of that larger area for a back-up camera. Wonderful fit and finish.

Things that should be standard across the entire model line-up: Turn signal with a "3-blink lane-change" feature. 2008+ base Dodge Caravan has this standard. Mast antenna? Really? Should be shorter or a "shark fin" attached to the roof. Center console tray inesrt to keep smaller items better managed. USB/Aux port locations should be re-thought, made to work with more MP3 players, not iPod only. Integrate better with voice command, like Ford's/Microsoft SYNC. Integrate the key into the fob. This is 2010...... XLE specific: Radio needs 8 speakers min. Kids in the 2nd row are constantly asking me to turn up the stereo while front and rear passengers are just fine.

While I noted several cons, they're more like suggestions for improvement to current features or features that don't exist at all for this model. These additions or improvements would keep this vehicle ahead of the competition for a long time, not just until the next generation Honda Odyssey launches Fall 2010. A personal preference would include headlight switchery moved from the turn-signal stalk to the dash w/automatic headlight setting. Toyota also needs to start offering more "stand alone" options. i.e., my "base" XLE (no added premium, entertainment, or nav package) won't allow for push-button start and auto start. I'd have paid extra just for that, but I don't want the rest of the nav or premium package. In addition, some options need streamlining. For example a single "touch" type interface for radio control would work, with 3-4 different versions of the operating software depending on radio, entertainment and/or nav package selected. We love this mini-van!

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