About the Toyota Sienna
The Toyota Sienna is known as a dependable and safe family vehicle. The Sienna has performed well for several years in front and side crash tests. The current Sienna models have a powerful engine that makes for a smooth ride. The V-6 engine is surprisingly economic regarding its fuel.
The vehicle has a spacious inside. The large captains seats in the back are somewhat pushed together to give the feel of a bench seat like traditional minivans. This gives the back seat passengers a lot of room to lounge, even if legroom is somewhat squashed for taller passengers.Toyota Sienna Features
The 2012 Toyota Sienna is available in five trim lines: the base Sienna, the Sienna LE, the Sienna Limited, LE, XLE, and SE. Two different engine models are available on the Sienna. A 2.7-liter DOHC, 16-valve engine produces 187 horsepower at 5800 rpm. A 3.5-liter V-6 is also available that produces 266 horsepower at 4700 rpm.
Front-wheel and all-wheel drive options are available on the Sienna. Seven- or eight-passenger vehicles are also offered. The XLE even provides a special mobility auto access option for families who have loved ones with limited mobility.
The exteriors of the vehicles differ between trim levels. All Sienna vehicles offer projector halogen lamps, but the base model does not have an auto on/off feature. The Sienna SE has smoked sport trim around the lights. The grille is black on the base levels with a chrome surround on the top models. Again, the SE offers a sport smoked surround on the grille. The 17-inch wheels come standard on most models, while 18-inch wheels are available on the Limited model, and 19-inch sport wheels are available on the SE.
Except the base model, the Sienna offers three-zone climate control. The entertainment package is great on all the models, familiar to anyone who has seen a recent Toyota vehicle. Sirius XM satellite radio is available standard on all vehicles, as well as iPod audio jacks, and Bluetooth capability. JBL speakers are standard on the Limited model. A voice-activated touch-screen DVD system is available as a package option on the Limited and XLE models. All models, except the base Sienna, offer a 3.5-inch multi-informational display with an integrated backup camera. The steering wheel is telescopic and has integrated Bluetooth, climate, and audio controls depending on the trim level.
Like all Sienna models of the past, the current Sienna model has the best of safety features. Traction control, stability control, and electronic brake force distribution is standard on all models as well as front, side, and curtain airbags. Crumple zones are located at the front of the vehicle to absorb blows during an accident. Emergency assistance locators are also available on the Limited and XLE models.
The price is right for all these options. The base Sienna model starts at $25,060 and rises to $39,300 for the top level Limited. Toyota Sienna Evolution
The first generation Sienna was introduced in 1998 and ran until 2003. The first generation vehicles were a lot smaller than the newer ones, a trend throughout almost all Toyota lines. It had the capacity for seven passengers like the current models, but was narrower and had a smaller wheelbase. The first generation vehicles are still a great value for the used car buyer. The 3.0-liter V-6 produces 210 horsepower and is very reliable. Even at this early stage, the Sienna performed well in crash tests. If you are a safety buff, you might want to look for a 2001 model, when the front seat side airbags were introduced. Power sliding doors debuted in 1999.
The second generation Sienna models were introduced in 2004 and ran until 2010. Early models were a bit weak in the side structure, making them less safe than its predecessors. Side support was introduced to the vehicles in 2005. Side impact airbags were added as a standard feature in 2006. Look for 2005 models and later for the best safety possible. You might wish to wait until 2006 as well to take advantage of the newly introduced 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This little gem produced 266 horsepower.
Four trim levels were available including the CE, LE, XLE, and the top of the line XLE Limited. A three person 40/20/40 seat was introduced to the back row for either seven- or eight-passenger seating. All-wheel drive, cruise control, and a power folding third row were also available as options. The third generation models were introduced in 2011. Few changes have been made so far.