The Toyota Sienna is a minivan built in the United States for the North American market, and shares its platform and engine with the Toyota Camry. It replaced the Previa in 1998 as a more conventional front wheel drive van, and was updated for 2004 with a larger model.
The 2006 Sienna minivan is the gold standard for the family set. The main Toyota attributes of value, practicality, reliability and just enough style not to be boring brings this to the top of the class. The recently redesigned Honda Odyssey is the other van that gets high grades. The Toyota Sienna has plenty of room, can carry most of a hockey team and has no significant flaws.
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- The 2009 LA Auto Show played host to the unveiling of the Third Generation Sienna. The minivan will come in five (5) trim variants: Sienna grade, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. Two powerplants will provide motivation: a 2.7 litre VVT-i Inline-4 with 187 hp and 19/26 mpg fuel economy and a 3.5 litre Dual VVT-i V6 with 266 hp, 3500 lb. towing capacity and 18/24 mpg figures. Power will be routed to the front wheels but the LE, XLE and Limited models may be had with AWD optional. Inside, the new Sienna's party piece, arguably, is the 16 inch dual view LCD entertainment screen for rear passengers.
In July 2005, changes for the 2006 model year were announced. The front fascia, side molding, and rear taillights were redesigned. The measurements for horsepower and torque were changed to the Society of Automotive Engineeer's (SAE) new specifications (to 215 hp and 222 ft·lbf.). Optitron gauges were added to LE, XLE, and Limited trims. The "XLE" prefix in "XLE Limited" was cut off. Power driver's seat memory option was also added to XLE and Limited trims. Bluetooth capability and power-folding third row seats were also added as options. Side and curtain airbags were changed to standard for all models. The optional rear seat audio system has been discontinued. Full list of changes are available at SiennaClub.org.
- Engine: 3.3 L DOHC 24-valve VVT-i V6
- Output: 215 hp (160 kW) at 5600 RPM and 222 ft·lbf (301 N·m) at 3600 RPM (SAE Net)
- Transmission: 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
- Drivetrain: Front wheel drive, all wheel drive available on LE, XLE, XLE Limited (CE in Canada)
- Turning Diameter: 36.8 ft (11.2 m)
- Brakes: Power-assisted ventilated front disc, rear drum with anti-lock braking system (ABS), with 4-wheel disc brakes on XLE Limited, all wheel drive models or with available Vehicle Stability Control system and Brake Assist
For the 2007 model year, the Sienna gets the 3.5 L DOHC 24-valve VVT-i V6 engine from the used in many Toyota models, in order to compete with Honda and Nissan's 3.5 L V-6's. The V-6 makes 266 hp @ 6200 rpm and 245 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm. The Sienna also gets an upgraded 5-speed transmission using electronically controlled automatic overdrive with intelligence (ECT-i).
Styles and Major OptionsEdit
The Toyota Sienna offers a wide array of of trim levels – and a mind numbing set of variations within trim levels. The list of available options and features is extensive and complicated. Understanding the world of Sienna packages is in the critical path of evaluating which trim is best and can be quite difficult.
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As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:
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Engine and TransmissionEdit
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Toyota reliability has a long and storied reputation. The Sienna, however, has been plagued with a number of issues to put at least a slight dent in that vaunted record. The first few model years since the last redesign were marred by more than the usual number of recalls, especially regarding the transmission. Also, there has been a lot of noise about excessive tire wear, especially on the AWD variant.
RECALL ALERT: On December 14, 2010 Toyota announced a recall affecting approximately 94,000 2011MY Siennas built before early November 2010 due to a potential problem with the brake light switch bracket. According to Toyota, the proximity with the parking brake could cause the stop lamp switch bracket to be deformed by the driver’s foot during parking brake operation. Depending how deformed the bracket becomes, the brake lights may remain on or, if the deformation is significant, the brakes could become partially engaged due to contact from the bracket, resulting in brake drag with associated brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light.
The Sienna has the key features that any caring parent would look for: good crash test ratings along with the critical side curtain airbags, which have become a must have feature these days. Some versions have Vehicle Stability Control – an underrated and undermarketed feature that is another must have.
Other safety features on the Sienna include:
- Dynamic Laser Cruise Control
- Front and rear Intuitive Parking Assist
- Xenon Headlights
- Front Energy-Absorbing Crumple Zone
- Available Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control
- Available AWD with Run-Flat Tires
- Windsheild Wiper De-Icer Grid
- Energy Absorbing Steering-Wheel Column
- Advanced Airbag System
- Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Side Impact Door Beams
- Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags
- Three-point Seatbelts in all seating positions
- Rear Energy-Absorbing Crumple Zone
- Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Tire Pressure Monitor System
- Available Back-up Camera
A complete list of safety features can be found here. 
The Toyota Sienna is available in the following exterior colors:
- Silver Shadow Pearl
- Blue Mirage Metallic
- Natural White (not available on the XLE or Limited trims)
- Arctic Frost (not available on the CE or LE trims)
- Slate Metallic
- Silver Pine Mica
- Salsa Red Pearl
- Nautical Blue Metallic
- Desert Sand Mica
The interior colors available on the Sienna are:
- Honda Odyssey
- Nissan Quest
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Nissan Micra
- Hyundai Getz
- Mitsubishi Colt
- Toyota Yaris
- Honda Fit/Jazz
- Chevrolet Aveo
- Kia Sedona
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Resale Values for the Toyota Sienna are approximately as follows (can vary because of trim):
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As noted by Car and Driver, the outboard seats are burly and weigh roughly 48 pounds each. The narrower center seat weighed in at 54 pounds, because it is reinforced to carry shoulder-belt loads in a crash.
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Current Generation: (2011–present)Edit
Second Generation (2004 - 2010)Edit
In January 2003, the second generation Sienna was shown at the Detroit Auto Show. Production shifted to Princeton, Indiana, and the Georgetown plant was retooled to build the second generation Camry Solara. The new Sienna had a 3.3L engine from the V6 Camry. The new Sienna offered innovative features such as a fold-flat 60/40 third-row seat, up to eight passenger seating, backup sensors, rear view camera, kid view mirror, available all wheel drive, a navigation system, and a more luxurious XLE Limited model. This model is currently one of the top-selling minivans. Fuel economy is 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
First Generation (1998-2003)Edit
In late 1997, Toyota discontinued its much-criticized Toyota Previa with a more conventional design, the 1998 Toyota Sienna. The 1998 Toyota Sienna had a 3.0L V6 engine rated at 145 kW and 284 Nm of torque. Built on an extended Toyota Camry platform, the Sienna was initially billed as the "Camry of minivans". The first generation Sienna exhibited great driving dynamics making it one of the best handling minivans on the market. The Sienna was better-suited to compete with the highly-acclaimed Chrysler minivans, but still lacked the size and features such as traction control, a DVD navigation system, and backup sensors of the market leaders, including the redesigned Honda Odyssey which followed a year after. The first generation Sienna was the first minivan to earn a "best pick" from the [Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]. Fuel economy was 18 MPG (City) and 24 MPG (Highway). It was built in Georgetown, Kentucky.
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Design quirks and odditiesEdit
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- The Sienna won the Car and Driver Five Best Trucks "Van" award
- Edmunds Editor's Most Wanted Van and Edmunds Consumer's Most Wanted Van
- The Sienna was the first minivan to receive a "Double Best Pick" designation from the IIHS.
News & References
- LA 2009: 2011 Toyota Sienna could wear a Lexus badge
- LA 2009: Third-Gen 2011 Toyota Sienna is a rock star
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