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2008 Toyota Sienna

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2008 Toyota Sienna Review

A good choice for drivers looking for a reliable and affordable family car .

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If you want an efficient, roomy, comfortable, family-style car, then a Toyota Sienna would be a great selection. This car seats eight passengers and there is a hint of luxury in the interior, adding a slight touch of sophistication. However, the 2008 Toyota Sienna is not the car to get you’re looking for a top-notch driving experience.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: five-speed transmission
Models: CE, LE, XLE, XLE Limited

What's New

No additions have been made to the 2008 Toyota Sienna.


The 2008 Toyota Sienna’s exterior is 77.4 inches in width, 68.9 inches in height, and 201 inches in length. The front track is 65.6 inches, and rear track is 66.9 inches. The wheelbase is 119 inches and towing capacity is 3500 pounds. The curb weight is 4177 pounds. Sienna drivers are pleased with the car’s style and color options. Other customers enjoy the roof rack because it allows them to transport extra cargo.


The 2008 Toyota Sienna comes in four styles of trims: CE, LE, XLE, and XLE Limited. The CE version comes with sliding rear doors, power windows, CD player, and air-conditioner. The LE version comes with climate control and solar energy glass windows. The XLE version comes with adjustable front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control. The front head room is 42 and front hip room is 58.4 inches. The front leg room is 42.9 inches and front shoulder room is 63.8 inches. The rear hip room is 67.5 inches and rear head room is 40.2 inches. The rear leg room is 39.6 inches and rear shoulder room is 64.9 inches. The interior also has cup holders, overhead console, and power steering.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Toyota Sienna has excellent engine power and acceleration, and the transmission does a good job with assisting shifting between gears. However, the gas tank doesn’t always work properly and other customers reported A/C coolant problems. Overall, customers were pleased with the performance of this car. Some feel that the brake pads could’ve been built better and others said they weren’t too impressed with the horsepower, but in general, there weren’t many complaints concerning the engine’s power. Some customers mentioned that the 2008 Toyota Sienna can be tough when driving on hilly or bumpy roads, and there are times when the tires go flat within weeks of purchasing the car. The keyless entry sometimes stops working and some drivers reported trouble with the transmission. Most reviews stated that the 2008 Toyota Siena was excellent for parents who need an economic car to transport their children. However, it’s not too great for adventurous driving.


The safety features in the 2008 Toyota Sienna include airbags, child seat anchors, child safety locks, brake assist, headrests, traction control, and stability control. Customers who purchased the 2008 Toyota Sienna said they were pleased with the safety features in this car. Some customer reviews were happy with how sturdy the child seat anchors were, while other customers talked about the stability of the airbags. Many reviewers mentioned that they particularly liked the operation of the brake assist and how this prevented possible accidents from happening. Other customers said they liked the anti-theft protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Sienna: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Gas mileage
  • Sporty look of car
  • Efficient for large families
  • Decent audio player

You Won't Like

  • Occasional malfunctioning of transmission
  • Minor issues with AC coolant
  • Gas tank leakage

Sum Up

A good choice for drivers looking for a reliable and affordable family car .

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