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2013 Toyota Sienna

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Here#8217;s something bucks the trend: Toyota announced the 2013 Sienna will no longer be offered a four-cylinder engine.

The formerly V-6 is now standard in all trims.

It#8217;s because across the industry, are divesting themselves of gas-hungry V-6 and like Waffen SS soldiers their uniforms back in May of #8211; on account of political and (in the case of bigger engines) the need to pass snuff the new 35.5 MPG fuel economy that goes into beginning with model 2016 vehicles.

In theory . the formerly available 2.7 liter ought to be an asset, efficiency-wise. In real-world fact, its MPGs (19 24 highway) were virtually the as the now-standard V-6#8242;s (17 city, 23 The problem wasn#8217;t with the cylinder engine #8211; an that does deliver economy in other Toyota

It#8217;s just too small to with a bus like the Sienna which even in FWD form in at a qaudruple Oprah-esque 4,275

The downside is the otherwise-unchanged 2013 is about $1,400 more to $26,435 vs. $25,060 last (still this calendar 2012, at the time of this

But on the upside, the Sienna still all-wheel-drive, a feature that#8217;s no offered in  other traditional And the price uptick notwithstanding, still a deal relative to its rivals, the $28,575 to start front-wheel-drive only ) Honda #8211; and the also front-drive-only $29,995) Chrysler Town

Also, it can take as many as #8211; which the recently Nissan Quest can#8217;t.

The is a full-size, traditional minivan. available in either 7 or 8 passenger configurations #8211; and with or AWD.

Base price for the passenger, front-drive LE is $26,435. The LE version of the Sienna starts at

A top-of-the-line AWD Limited has an MSRP of

Toyota also sells a access#8221; version of the Sienna to accommodate handicapped users. price for this version is


The big news for 2013 is V-6 power across the board. LE trims also now come with three-zone climate while Limited and XLE trims get a Spot Warning system as of their standard equipment Limited and XLE trims can be equipped an optional accoustic glass that helps reduce noise at speed.


Still a relative to Odyssey and TC.

Full-size capacity.

Available AWD.

just about everything a split-screen LCD DVD entertainment system).

high resale value.


Higher price of

Almost SUV fuel economy.

a bus .


Now that the 2.7 four has been retired, all come standard with the 3.5 V-6 that was formerly optional in the trims. It#8217;s the same as last year, making 266 hp which is still more the Honda Odyssey#8217;s standard 248 hp 3.5 V-6 and also edges out the Nissan#8217;s 260 hp 3.5 liter V-6. The recently Chrysler Town Country#8217;s 283 hp 3.6 liter V-6 is the most powerful on paper #8211; of all current engines. But wait a minute for the on that .

The Sienna#8217;s V-6 is paired a standard six-speed automatic, has a manual shift #8220;sport#8221;

Buyers can choose either FWD or go a full-time AWD system #8211; a not offered in any other minivan on the market.

This is a pretty bus, too: Zero to 60 in 7.8 seconds with FWD. best-in-class.

Honda#8217;s Odyssey can match that performance but only if you buy the extra-cost six-speed The 2013 Odyssey still standard with a five-speed #8211; and when saddled that transmission,  the Odyssey#8217;s time climbs to 8.8 seconds. behind it is the Nissan Quest, hobbled somewhat by its standard variable (CVT) automatic which is there for fuel reasons more than any reason #8211; including

Interestingly, the most powerful-on-paper of vans, the Chrysler  TC #8211; also has the benefit of a standard automatic –  is also a bit of a It needs 8.3 seconds to get to 60. This is given the Chrysler#8217;s only slightly heavier than the quicker Toyota: 4,371 vs. 4,275 lbs.

Something doesn#8217;t quite add up. Toyota is under-rating the output of the V-6.

Or perhaps Chrysler#8217;s the output of its V-6.

The Chrysler van has the widest turning circle of the #8211; by a not-small margin: feet vs. 37.4 for the Toyota, for the Honda and 36.1 for the Nissan.

Gas the Sienna comes out ok #8211; to all the others, which are all gas-guzzlers: It 18 city, 25 highway for the FWD version and and 17 23 highway when equipped the optional AWD system.

Chrysler#8217;s TC the standard 3.6 liter V-6 registers 17 25 highway. The #8217;13 Honda with its standard 3.5 liter V-6 and automatic comes in at 18 city, 27 The Quest gets 19/24.

these numbers are a bit better the Toyota#8217;s, the truth is they all

Time gives perspective and appreciation #8211; for the engineering Leaps Forward made the past 25 years. The first-generation of the early-mid 1980s (the vans)  were basically economy cars (K-cars) a box bolted on top of them. They cheap, they looked #8211; and they drove

They had just enough to get where you needed to go #8211; and you going to have a good getting there. There was not to like about them their cheapness #8211; and practicality as family-mobiles.

A modern like the Sienna is a completely animal. It is huge #8211; and Powerful, quiet and luxurious,

Even the formerly available cylinder was making about as horsepower as mass-market V-8s back in the 1980s.

And the V-6 belts out hp than a V-8 Corvette was putting back around #8217;85.

how far #8211; and fast #8211; come in 25-something years.

stock provides another of the changes. Even the base FWD Sienna LE comes standard 17 inch alloy wheels and if you you can order a Sport package ups that to 19 inches. This offers a more aggressive package than a mid-#8217;80s

Of course, stamped steel 16 wheels and low-cost all-season would seem like the choice for a utilitarian family-hauler. But like the Sienna and its main aren#8217;t basic transpo anymore. Haven#8217;t been for They#8217;re more like conversion vans were in the day: As much for adults as for kids hauling.

In fact, the buyer demographic for like the Sienna has shifted. The buyer is older #8211; and affluent. More likely, in to be an affluent empty-nester and so less about how many juice box the thing has than what the of the DVD entertainment system is.

People who buy things expect more so Toyota gives them


The Sienna is big .

200.2 long and 78.1 inches It rides on a 119.3 inch #8211; two inches longer a Lincoln Town Car#8217;s. The two chief competitors are similarly

The Chrysler TC is actually two inches overall and rides on a Rolls-Royce-like inch wheelbase.

But despite its the Sienna is very manageable to It doesn#8217;t feel as big as it really is probably because most of the is behind you. There#8217;s about three feet of from the windshield forward. The end is very stubby #8211; and makes it easier to judge how of a margin you#8217;ve got available parking maneuvers.

The #8220;one-finger power steering helps close-quarters docking maneuvers,

As mentioned above, the Sienna has has a pretty tight turning #8211; nearly two feet than the TC#8217;s.

So, it#8217;s notwithstanding, the Sienna is #8211; #8211; an easy driver.

The Large Marge proportions become hard not to notice you#8217;re backing up #8211; and you slide the thing into garage. The rearview is pretty due to the high seatbacks and relatively rear glass area. like peering through a with daylight far, far

The back-up camera helps, but too small, has limited peripheral and it#8217;s two-D nature is not as helpful as the three-D perspective by a human eye. So, be careful backing-up #8211; and also easing it into the garage. The eats up about as much as a full-sized SUV.

Speaking of The Sienna#8217;s 17 city, 23 highway AWD) is exactly the same as the 4WD Grand Cherokee I reviewed week #8211; and only a better than the V-8 version of the Cherokee (13 city, 20 highway).

That#8217;s a hungry, hungry

Back in the day (#8217;80s) K-car minivans were capable of 35 MPG on the #8211; or even better that. I expect those to return as a result of Uncle#8217;s MPG fuel economy fatwa . like the Sienna are going on a Either in terms of their weight #8211; or their hp. likely get smaller #8211; and Just like the good days.

Either that or stay as they are #8211; for price. They#8217;ll become low volume vehicles, which allow them to not depress respective manufacturer#8217;s CAFE (which are based on #8220;fleet so much. Just as I expect happen with V-8 SUVs.

All big hawgs are going away or going to be for rich folks

Well, it#8217;s a minivan . are you gonna do?

Even though major car companies #8211; and GM #8211; have entirely traditional minivans from product portfolios, they dropped because the concept is The GM and Ford vans were crappy vans. The Sienna (neither is the Odyssey #8211; or the new Sure, it#8217;s basically a bus.

But it can also be a luxury if you move up the trim line.

The Sienna is family-ready as it sits: sliding doors, three-zone power windows, locks, control and a better-than-decent AM/FM with CD player and MP3 hook-up. At $26.5k, sticker, this of the Sienna is affordable compared the Odyssey, Chrysler TC and even the value leader in this the Kia Sedona #8211; which is about the same but which is an older design that #8211; and feels #8211; Blue Light Special the upmarket, uptown Sienna. Sedona#8217;s getting ready to the white canoe, too. Kia recently that 2012 be the final year for this

And for  a minivan, it#8217;s not a bad In fact, if you look at it from a angle (like above) see at least a few interesting angles more like sweeps and actually.

It#8217;s trying . at least.

But makes the new Sienna really is that you can upgrade to eight-passenger order AWD (both unavailable in the appealing and affordably priced toss in some very luxury/convenience features on top of that and still come in well the pushing $40k (and $40k) price of an equivalently but still FWD-only Odyssey or TC.

are some other things to about the Sienna, too.

One is the SE Sport package #8211; in addition to huge 19 inch also includes a snarkier-looking clip with fog lights, plastic tail-lights and mesh inserts. The package gives Odyssey and TC buyers another #8220;plus#8221; they can#8217;t in the Honda and Chrysler vans.

You can get a pair of super-nice second row chairs in the Sienna that their own fold-out footrests just like your TV-watching chair at home. ride in long-travel tracks allow the chairs to be pushed so far that you can#8217;t touch the of the front seats with feets. On Limited trims, the row seats power fold into the floor at the touch of a

And there#8217;s that factory package which preps the to handle a wheelchair or scooter.

The rear-seat DVD system has an unusual unique) and definitely useful screen display monitor lets users watch two things at the same time. You can Lexus-esque features such as wipers and Adaptive Cruise that automatically adjust the following speed in relation to the ebb and of traffic, keeps it from faster than your speed when going a steep grade #8211; and so on.

The TC and Odyssey also offer high-end luxury amenities, but cost more when equipped #8211; and remember: AWD available in those two at any price.

wins on cargo space, 150 cubic feet (with the row seats out and the third row folded) vs. in the Honda and #8211; surprisingly 143.8 in the TC. That#8217;s surprising, the TC is physically a little bigger both the Sienna and the Odyssey.

Another surprise is how little you get in the new Nissan Quest #8211; is also larger overall the Sienna (200.8 inches, to stern, vs. 200.2) but which has less cargo capacity: a 108.4 cubic feet

odd that Nissan upsized the #8211; ostensibly to make it competitive with the Sienna, and TC #8211; but ended up with a van still a lot smaller on the inside. On top of the new Quest has lost its formerly personality. Well, its sportier-than-other-vans

Now it#8217;s just a big van with space than other big

Go figure.

It#8217;s strange #8211; so far #8211; no one has built a minivan. The platform #8211; and #8211; would seem to be Here you have a large (plenty of room for batteries/motors) generally used for lower-speed, A to B Vans make for great too.

People who buy vans are more concerned about gas than performance #8211; or at they#8217;re probably as concerned as who buy crossover SUVs #8211; of there a dozen hybrid currently on the market.

But so far #8211; Other than heavy gas

A diesel engine would like the ticket, too. But no joy.

Something #8211; #8211; to crutch the god- gas mileage of these things. leaving aside the CAFE I mean, if you get to have a rumbly V-8 or SUV or muscle car #8211; and the ability to lay a pair of stripes on the pavement the urge arises #8211; maybe 17 MPGs isn#8217;t so

But 17 MPG in a. minivan ?

That#8217;s my main with the Sienna #8211; all of them. For what they are and what they#8217;re for #8211; far too hungry.


Its aside, the Sienna still a winning hand: Eight-passenger – and available AWD. If got to have those things, the Sienna#8217;s the van you#8217;ve got to have.

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