2011 Toyota Sienna Test drive and new minivan review

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The best minivan gets

Even though I’m Guide to Minivans, I don’t a minivan lifestyle. I don’t kids or grandkids, and though happily married, I’m of a loner. But I really love and my favorites have always Toyota minivans.

So, when the to drive the redesigned Toyota minivan arose, I leapt at the The 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD a base price of $34,515 as tested), with a 3 year/36,000 basic warranty, a 5 year/60,000 powertrain warranty and EPA fuel estimates of 16 city/22 highway. drive.

First Glance

Exterior Photos: Front

Toyota didn’t invent the but they certainly pushed it From the first Toyota Van – 1989) to the ill-fated (1990 – 2000) to the two generations of Sienna (1998 2003, 2003 – Toyota vans were in design, motivation and use of interior I think that the mid-engine was the best-driving van ever built, and the Cargo Van that I owned was durable, efficient and even

Sienna’s more conventional engine/front-wheel drive or all-wheel layout has been more accepted. But sales have in the past couple of years, and it was for a new Sienna to hit the scene.

All new for 2011, the Sienna is very close in to the second-generation Sienna, but it looks and more modern than It is still a two-box design, one box housing the passenger compartment and the housing the engine in the front. But the have taken on a bit more rounded wind-swept shape before, along with of the very modern-looking Toyota with which it shares a

Park a Camry and a Sienna to each other, and it’s to spot the family resemblances. it or hate it, Sienna is not bland. I to be well on the way to loving it.

In the Driver#8217;s

The 2011 Toyota Sienna

Photo #169; Jason

Behind the wheel is where minivans have always a little better than the for me, and this new Sienna continues the The driving position is more SUV school bus. I don’t the dash-mounted shifter on any minivan, but I get it.

It up center console space, and the transmission tunnel that make modularity more of a At least Sienna’s shifter in conflict with the steering as it is on some other minivans.

The driver’s seat in Sienna is central, and there are a few nifty that make the experience better. In particular, I like the screen at the top center of the dash gives climate control time and external temp. touch.

My test vehicle was with the whopping $6,225 XLE Package, which included DVD navigation, dual view center, Bluetooth audio iPod connectivity, keyless with push button and more. Power leather for the driver, power seating for the seat passenger, heated seats and a 60/40 split and third row were standard, not with the XLE trim level.

So was the of awesome lounge chairs in the row, complete with pop up footrests. I’ll bet some big battles will be waged the rights to those two perches.

On the Road

Which brings us to the biggest strength: Driving It starts with a very engine, the 3.5-liter V6 that 265 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque. Base can be ordered with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, but 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of isn’t enough for the Sienna, can weigh from 4,275 4,750 lbs, depending on

My test vehicle’s V6, along its standard 6-speed automatic and optional all-wheel drive, sprightly performance. And the MacPherson independent front suspension/torsion rear suspension combined stabilizer bars front and made for a very controlled, ride. Sienna’s center of is sufficiently low that whipping snaky passes is almost without the stomach-churning sway and that some other produce (I’m talking to Dodge Grand Caravan !).

Sienna passes the parking lot with flying colors, a tight 36.9′ turning compliant shocks and decent – 6.7) ground to step over speed Cargo space is extremely and flexible, with 39.1 feet of luggage space. cubic feet behind the row with the third row stowed, and a 150.0 cubic feet if you the second row entirely.

Journey#8217;s End

Sienna for 2011, seen the rear.

Photo #169; Fogelson

Even though I have a minivan lifestyle, a week in the new Sienna, I found thinking, Hey, I could use this minivan. Taking for a ride was a pleasure, and everyone about their comfort. The went a step beyond all the way to almost cool, and I actually had fun the wheel. I got a slight case of shock at $41,997 as tested, and I probably seek out a Sienna the complete package of options.

I’d skip the rear-seat system, because it is expensive and it blocks the view from the mirror when it is folded from the roof. I’d off as many of the passenger amenities as while still keeping the seat as a control center. that’s how I roll.

The 2011 Sienna is my benchmark minivan for I look forward to seeing everyone else does, as the hits its stride for 2011.

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