The Toyota Sienna is a minivan sold only with a four-door body style. It has a front engine design combined with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive. Toyota has continued to add trim levels and optional equipment, making the Sienna suitable for a variety of roles. While the minivan has an impressive list of features, the additional packages can be pricey. In addition, the Sienna faces stiff competition in the minivan market.
Depending upon the trim level, the Sienna has a four-cylinder engine producing 187 horsepower, or a V6 with 265 horsepower. The four-cylinder averages 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. The V6 with front-wheel drive should earn 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. The V6 with four-wheel drive is expected to get 16 miles per gallon under city conditions and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. The Sienna's trim levels allow the minivan to seat seven or eight people. Designed by Toyota in Japan, the Sienna is manufactured in Princeton, Indiana.
Toyota initially introduced the Sienna for the 1998 model year. Sales were respectable, but the Sienna was smaller and offered less cargo space than competing minivans. The first generation had impressive safety features for the class, but sales were modest at best. The larger second generation went into production for the 2004 model year. The Sienna continued to add to its options list. The second generation was the most successful version of the minivan to date. Toyota released a completely redesigned Sienna for the 2011 model year. Sales for the third generation have been average.
The Sienna is currently offered in base, LE, SE, XLE, or Limited trims. The base trim has standard 17-inch alloy wheels, dual sliding doors, and powered accessories. The LE trim brings privacy glass, audio controls on the steering wheel, and additional consoles. The SE upgrades to 19-inch alloy wheels, changes exterior styling, and includes leatherette upholstery. The XLE has heated front seats, three zone climate control, and leather upholstery. The Limited trim has 18-inch alloy wheels, a pair of sunroofs, and a powered folding seat in the third row. Various optional packages are available to most trims. These include xenon headlights, a navigation system, or a DVD entertainment system.
The Sienna won Editor's Most Wanted Van and Consumer's Most Wanted Van awards from Edmunds in 2004. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced the Sienna was a Top Safety Pick for 2011. Kelley Blue Book says the 2011 Sienna has the Best Resale Value for the minivan class. Independent automotive reviewers have enjoyed the Sienna's options versatility, but cited the expense of upgrading as a negative.
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