The 2000 Toyota Sienna might not turn many heads with its unexciting design and family-friendly features. But the humble minivan still manages to make a name for itself with a competent engine, comfortable interior, and impressive safety record.
The 2000 Toyota Sienna carries seven passengers and is available in three trim levels: a base CE, mid-level LE, and slightly more luxurious XLE. Most significantly, the LE adds power accessories and a sliding door, while the XLE tacks on leather trim and fancier options. All models come equipped with a three-liter V-6 engine good for 194 horsepower and 209 lb-ft of torque and teamed up with a four-speed automatic transmission. While its driving dynamics are about as interesting as its minivan styling cues, the five-star crash-test ratings, smooth ride, and generous passenger capacity make it a top pick for families.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Sienna CE, Toyota Sienna LE, Toyota Sienna XLE
The 2000 Toyota Sienna receives a few minor updates. Most notably, all trim levels now come with an AM/FM radio and cassette audio system, while top-of-the-line XLE adds a standard CD player and the option of a six-disc CD changer. Additionally, it's now available in two new exterior colors.
The 2000 Toyota Sienna appears more car-like than many of its rival minivans. In spite of a rather dull design, it boasts a lightweight yet rigid body based on a modified version of the Camry’s platform. The base CE comes equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, tinted glass, a fixed rear window, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear window wiper. The LE gains a sliding driver’s-side door, privacy glass, and a rear window defroster, while the XLE trim adds alloy wheels, a keyless entry system, and a roof rack. Options available on the CE include a trailer hitch, towing package, runningboards, roof rack, sliding side door, and privacy glass. The LE can also be upgraded with keyless entry and a rear spoiler. The XLE is eligible for a power sunroof, power-sliding door, and garage opener. It measures 193.5 inches long, 67.3 inches tall, and 73.4 inches wide with has a curb weight of 3825 pounds.
The 2000 Toyota Sienna features a plain but functional interior reminiscent of the Camry sedan, which the minivan is based. Room for seven people is standard in the first two trims thanks to second-row captain’s chairs and a third-row bench seat. Rear captain’s chairs, which are optional on the CE and LE and standard on the XLE, decrease seating capacity to six. The modular captain’s chairs and benches can be folded, removed, or rearranged into different configurations to increase storage space.
The 2000 Toyota Sienna base CE trim level include cloth upholstery, front air-conditioning, power steering, a tilt steering wheel with audio controls, a rear heater, remote trunk release, and an overhead console. The LE adds rear air-conditioning, cruise control, a tachometer, power windows, power locks, and power mirrors, and the XLE comes with a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Many amenities on the upper trim levels are optional on the CE including a center console, power heated mirrors, power windows, power locks, and cruise control. Add-ons for the LE include rear-seat captain’s chairs, a child seat, and a CD changer, while the XLE is eligible for leather seating. In terms of space, its front occupants are given 40.6 inches of headroom and 41.9 inches of legroom, while rear passengers receive 37.7 inches of headroom and 32.8 inches of legroom.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Toyota Sienna is offered with just one engine, a three-liter V-6 producing 194 horsepower and 209 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard. While not the strongest engine, the quiet V-6 is good for adequate acceleration. Steering is reliable, if not sharp. Its suspension is praised for smoothing out bumps in the road without feeling too soft, which offers impressive driving dynamics for a basic family vehicle.
The 2000 Toyota Sienna comes standard with anti-lock brakes, front airbags, side impact bars, front seat belt pretensioners, daytime running lights, and warnings for oil pressure, tire pressure, and fuel level. However, side airbags are not offered. Renowned for its performance in crash tests, it earns a perfect five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for driver and front-passenger protection. It also receives five stars for its performance in rear-side collisions and four stars for front-side crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded its top rating in every category.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Sienna: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- Smooth engine
- Stellar safety scores
- Quality build
- Comfortable cabin
You Won't Like
- Dull design
- Limited space
Minivan’s bland design belies impressive performance.
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