2011 Toyota Sienna – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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2011 Toyota Sienna

adds more versatility and to its family shuttle.

Toyota claims to have beaten minivans of 1984 to market by a few with its creatively named Van. But it would take 20 years and the second-generation Sienna for to directly compete with the Caravan and Chrysler Town Starting in 2004, Toyota#x2019;s hauler finally had enough horsepower, and practical features to be a serious contender in the minivan

In our last minivan comparison the Sienna, despite being a design, placed second, out the current-generation Dodge Grand and falling behind the Honda We marveled at the Sienna#x2019;s luxurious but leveled criticism at its flaccid and boring, anonymous character.

It Toyota may have heard our because the redesigned 2011 Sienna has upped the sportiness in driving dynamics and looks.

A Highly Adaptive Living

Built on the same platform as its and riding on the same 119.3-inch the new Sienna is marginally wider but an inch shorter overall. styling is all-new and far less than before; we might go so far as to call it attractive. The shape is slippery, too; Toyota a low 0.31coefficient of drag.

The newfound continues inside, where lines look more and modern than the upright and design of the previous Sienna. plastics are pleasing to the eye, but them reveals a hard and cheap-feeling texture.

As one would in a minivan, storage space glove boxes, massive pockets, more cup holders there are seats (12 on eight-passenger and 10 on seven-passenger versions), a sliding console between the front and even a place to store purse (or European carryall) on the A 60/40 split third-row collapses easily into the and only requires one hand to or deploy.

Second-row captain#x2019;s chairs, don#x2019;t fold into the like Chrysler#x2019;s Stow Go setup, which may turn off buyers. Eight-passenger versions of the come with a tiny seat#x201D; that fits the second-row seats. Uncomfortable, and perhaps only suitable for a the center seat is#x2014;thankfully#x2014;easily and stores in the wall of the cargo

The good news is that the second-row seats are well have adjustable backrests, can be fore-and-aft, and are quite comfortable. space and comfort are also enough for adults, as long as the occupants don#x2019;t slide seats all the way back. Top-of-the-line models come with adjustable #x201C;recliner style#x201D; seats that have

For an …-sized person to take of the seat#x2019;s reclining and footrest the passenger-side front seat slide forward toward the Basically, no one will be able to fit in of or behind the reclined second-row

Passenger comfort also to the optional rear-seat entertainment Toyota has fitted a wide, screen that can display two images from two separate For example, the right side of the can be showing a movie while the portion of the screen displays a game. If only one input is the image can be stretched across the screen or displayed on the left or of the screen.

Unlike the Chrysler however, Toyota does not satellite television.


Toyota offers five levels (base, LE, SE, XLE, and on the Sienna. Base and LE versions standard with a 187-hp, four-cylinder mated to a six-speed that returns 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the Powerful enough for most the four-cylinder does make a few noises under acceleration, but is enough torque (186 to move the Sienna smartly.

Those who regularly carry a load of passengers might to opt for the 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 266 hp and 245 of torque. The V-6 is available in every level (standard on SE, XLE, and and carries over from the model. The only new part of the is the six-speed automatic that last year#x2019;s five-speed

Compared with the previous V-6 fuel economy increases by 1 mpg in the and highway cycles, to 18 and 24 mpg, Toyota continues to offer all-wheel drive, and the Sienna is the minivan that still Paired only with the all-wheel-drive Siennas return economy of 16 city and 22 highway, an of 1 mpg in the highway cycle.

The Sienna#x2019;s chief engineer, Mori, tells us that he hard to improve the handling and a sportier feel while the quietness and refinement of the previous Immediately noticeable is higher-effort that gives the Sienna it never has had#x2014;some semblance of feel. No one will confuse the at the helm with that of a but it#x2019;s a useful improvement.

the chassis layout#x2014;front struts and rear axle#x2014;carries over the previous model, Mori retuned the suspension to give a and more controlled feel. is firmer, body roll is pronounced, and the floaty, flaccid of the previous Sienna is gone.

behind the wheel, the Sienna feels larger than the Odyssey#x2014;which is our minivan handling and the most carlike in the segment#x2014;but the resistance to roll and the supple-yet-controlled are on par with the Honda. For those who more sportiness in their Toyota offers the SE trim that comes with an more aggressively tuned

Pricing Holds Steady

The Sienna goes on sale in with a base price less than the previous at $25,010. We expect Toyota to prices for the rest of the trim close to those of the 2010 A fully loaded Sienna with all-wheel drive approach $45,000. Regardless of Toyota actually was the first player, the Japanese automaker is bent on staying in the segment the new Sienna.

And with better and more equipment for the same we have no problem with

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