The 1998 Toyota Sienna classifies a minivan produced in three different model options. All of the different models come with the same three-liter, six-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission, but have different standard and available options.
Even with the different available features, all three models of the 1998 Toyota Sienna have the same fuel efficiency rating. This lackluster rating stems not from the power produced by the engine, but from the 3891 pounds of metal and fiberglass put upon it.
Still, the 1998 Toyota Sienna has exceptional safety ratings. Ranging from good to perfect from both major vehicle safety test organizations, the 1998 Toyota Sienna makes any soccer mom feel secure.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Sienna CE, Toyota Sienna LE, Toyota Sienna XLE
Toyota includes a number of new features in the 1998 Toyota Sienna. The most advertised aspect of the new minivan, which replaces the Toyota Previa, is the inclusion of many new safety features, such as anti-lock brakes and a low tire-pressure warning system. Also, the three-liter, six-cylinder Camry engine comes standard in all models.
The 1998 Toyota Sienna measures in at 193.5 inches by 73.4 inches by 67.3 inches, making it no stranger to space. The 1998 Toyota Sienna also includes a number of exterior features, such as a rear window wiper, 15-inch wheels, and power side mirrors (for the XE and LXE). Optional features for all 1998 Toyota Siennas include a rear spoiler, a roof rack, privacy glass, and a trailer hitch.
The Toyota Sienna's interior includes a number of features that entice many drivers. For example, all models of the 1998 Toyota Sienna include an AM/FM/cassette player, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, and seven-passenger seating. The CE comes with two captain seats (with an optional four) while the XE and LXE come standard with four captain seats. All models offer an exceptional amount of rear leg room (34 inches) as well as rear head room (37.7 inches). The CE version lacks many of the features available in the XE and LXE versions in the standard, but many remain optional. Some of the optional features in the CE come standard in one of the other two models, including cruise control, alloy wheels, and an anti-theft alarm system.
Performance & Handling
Minivans do not usually excel in the performance and handling arena. While the 1998 Toyota Sienna could not win a drag race, it produces a relatively powerful 194 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque with the three-liter, six-cylinder engine. The minivan includes handling enhancing features, most notably, the four-wheel anti-lock braking system.
One of the most important aspects of the family-driven minivan remains safety, and the 1998 Toyota Sienna excels here. The number of safety features included with the 1998 Toyota Sienna, such as the front airbags and well-built safety cage, earns the Sienna all ?good? reviews from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) as well as five stars from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Sienna: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Built safe
- Relatively powerful
You Won't Like
- Low fuel efficiency rating
A minivan for the family man or woman.
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