Toyota Sienna Minivans | Wagons

Sienna

Pros:

  • Strong and refined V6 engine
  • 7 or 8 passenger seating
  • available all-wheel drive
  • Impressive road handling for a minivan
Cons:
  • 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.

User Reviews (2)

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SHERIFF   [Mar 25, 2011]
Model Reviewed: 8 passengers v6 le
Strength:

Smooth handling

Weakness:

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
WHAT A LEMON

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
MCIbusfan   [Sep 14, 2010]
Model Reviewed: Toyota Sienna XLE
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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!

Similar Products Used: Dodge Caravan
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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