2011 Toyota Sienna – Test drive and new minivan review – 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan

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The Bottom Line


power with four-cylinder

Base model comes everything a family needs

car-like handling


fuel economy isn’t better than V6

8th seat (LE not really usable

Firm, ride


Base $25,270; Price as tested:

Engine: 2.4 liter I4, 3.5 liter V6

187 @ 5,800 rpm (2.7 I4); 265 @ rpm (3.5 V6)

Torque: 186 @ 4,100 rpm I4); 245 @ 4,700 rpm (3.5 V6)

Transmission: 6-speed automatic FWD or AWD

Wheelbase: 119.3 Vehicle 200.2 Width: 78.2 68.9 (70.7 with rack)

Cargo: 39.1 cu. ft. rear seat; 87.1 second row; 117.8 2nd row seats folded; 150.0 2nd row seats removed

Curb 4,275 – 4,490 lbs

economy: 19 MPG city/24 MPG highway FWD), 18/24 (V6 FWD), (V6 AWD)

Warranty: 3 years/36,000 basic; 5 years/60,000 miles

Guide Review – Toyota Sienna LE

Let’s cut to the chase: The four-cylinder Sienna thanks to a big (2.7 liter) that puts out 182 hp and 186 lb-ft of — almost V6 territory and a six-speed automatic transmission. you, the Sienna isn’t a seven-passenger rocket ship, but it along better than I I was able to zip onto the freeway sweat-free palms, even six well-fed passengers and a trunk of luggage. Very surprising.

In fact, the four-cylinder engine is a bit too eager, because a slight on the accelerator brings on a lot of power. a trick automakers use to make vehicles feel quicker they are, but in the Sienna, difficult to accelerate from a without jerking your necks.

But adequate power comes at the of fuel economy. The four-cylinder’s EPA economy estimates — 19 MPG MPG highway — aren’t better than the front-drive V6, is rated at 18 city/24 highway. said, the four-cylinder is $1,300 than the V6.

And had I been driving the V6, I know that I would been able to restrain enough to match the 23.2 MPG I with the four-cylinder.

The four-cylinder is only available in two versions of the The base-model Sienna is a bargain at because it includes all has all the minivan Seven (cloth-covered) seats, and rear air conditioning, cruise and a third row seat that and folds flat into the plus more cupholders, and coat hooks than you can The only real downsides are there are no available options, and models can be difficult to find at

I drove the $26,355 Sienna LE, adds stain-resistant fabric, windows, and ups the seating count to 8. But the seat (I use that term is a small removable perch fits between the second-row chairs. and it’s too narrow for human posteriors. And speaking of the seats. they’re very for adults, but the angle of the seat makes it difficult to install a child seat properly.

The LE does have a (small) list, and my test van had power doors, power front a backup camera with a display. side-window sunshades. and a trip computer, all bundled for $2,735.

The 2011 Sienna is an design, and it isn’t anywhere as van-like as the outgoing Sienna. The windshield doesn’t give the view I expect from a and the ride is firm, like a car almost a bit too firm. But the upside is the Sienna drives like a whereas the old one drove like a

Overall, I thought the four-cylinder did the job well enough, but I wish the savings over the V6 were significant. Perhaps if consumers enough interest, Toyota bring us an even more version. — Aaron

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