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The 2011 Toyota Sienna folds together many passenger-friendly features including the reclining, leg-rest-equipped second row seats and an entertainment system that lets the kids watch two different programs. For those of you in inclement climes, the Sienna is the only minivan to offer the option of all-wheel drive.

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The Sienna can get pricey when compared to some of the competition like the Kia Sedona, but in terms of resale value the Sienna excels. We expect its overall ownership cost to be reasonable.

What's New

For 2011 the Sienna is completely re-engineered. Among the notable changes are the thoroughly upgraded new interior that includes optional lounge-type seating in the second row and a sport-tuned SE model with improved steering and handling. A four-cylinder-powered Sienna is also available.

Interior Features

Whatever the trim, from lightly equipped base model to decked-out Limited, the Sienna can be easily configured to meet many families’ budgets thanks to a number of options and packages. The Sienna can seat up to eight, depending on a choice of captain’s chairs or bench seating in the second row, with reasonable leg- and headroom for passengers in all seating positions. The only exception to this is when the lounge seating is deployed to its rearward extreme, which results in nearly non-existent legroom for the third-row riders. The Sienna’s third-row seat folds flush into the floor, but we found the manual stowing of the seats difficult to master. Happily, a power-stow option is available. Cargo space in the Sienna is ample and versatile. Additional space can be made by folding down one or both of the 60/40-split rear seats and by completely removing the second row.

Exterior Features

Channeling some of the looks of its Venza stablemate, the 2011 Sienna presents a sportier shape that the previous edition with nice details like the rear door slider that is hidden within the window graphic. The strong "shoulder" and well-chiseled fender flares add to the more performance-oriented look. While the new Sienna rides on the same wheelbase as the prior generation, it is wider for interior roominess and slightly shorter overall. The rear of the Sienna sits high and features sculpted sheet metal, LED tail lamps and a rear-lip spoiler – adding a sporty feel to the design.

Driving Impressions

Both of the Toyota Sienna’s engines deliver where it counts, whether you crave the fuel-sipping economy of the 2.7-liter four-cylinder or the extra punch provided by the 3.5-liter V6. The four-cylinder-equipped Sienna is surprisingly acceptable, but for serious family- and cargo-hauling, the V6 is the engine to get. Power for both engines is managed by a smooth-shifting ECT five-speed automatic transmission. The base Sienna offers a quiet, soft ride that will cocoon driver and passengers, with the suspension floating effortlessly over potholes. For those who want a more involving driving experience, however, we recommend the sporty SE trim, which offers a sport-tuned suspension and tighter steering feel.

Pricing Notes

The base Toyota Sienna’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $26,000, while the LE starts closer to $30,000, and adding all-wheel drive ups the price by about $2,000. The feature-laden XLE starts around $33,000 while the luxury-oriented all-wheel-drive Limited tops out around $46,000 with all the options. Before you buy, be sure to check the most recent Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the Sienna. Remove the luxury frills and you can find a comparably equipped van from Kia for a lot less money, while family-oriented options similar to those in the Sienna can be found on the granddaddy of all minivans, the Dodge Grand Caravan. But the Sienna is expected to have a high resale value, far better than that of rivals Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona, a few points higher than the Nissan Quest, but not quite as good as the Honda Odyssey.

Notable Equipment

The base Sienna comes with an MP3-capable CD player with auxiliary input jack, remote keyless entry, dual-sliding doors with power windows, and tri-zone manual air conditioning. Opting for the LE trim adds steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power sliding doors and a Homelink universal transceiver. The SE trim adds its own sport-tuned suspension and steering, leather-trimmed steering wheel and an eight-way power leatherette driver’s seat. Moving up to the XLE nets you a six-speaker stereo with a USB port and iPod connectivity, automatic tri-zone climate control, leather and woodgrain interior trim, and heated seats. The upscale Limited adds a JBL sound system, lounge second-row seating, and a power-folding 60/40 third row. All trims offer Toyota’s STAR Safety System, airbags for all three rows, plus the XLE features front and rear sonar, which is not for submarine chasing but a parking assist.

Notable Options

Options on the Sienna vary by trim and include all-wheel drive, roof rails, dual-power sliding doors, power seats, Bluetooth connectivity, tri-zone automatic climate control and a power rear hatch. A Dual-View Entertainment Center with wireless headphones is available on XLE and Limited models. The Limited can also be equipped with a Navigation Package, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and rain-sensing wipers.

Favorite Features

Second Row Lounge SeatingThe Toyota Sienna XLE’s Lounge Seating offers a Long-Slide feature maximizing legroom, while footrests rise up, virtually transforming the second row seats into Barcaloungers.Dual View Entertainment CenterThe Sienna’s Dual View Entertainment Center features two wireless headphones and an extra-wide screen that allows two different movies to play at once. Or in those few families in which the kids agree, one movie can play CinemaScope-style. You’ll almost feel like you’re watching your flatscreen at home.

Under the Hood

Two engines are offered in the 2011 Sienna: A new fuel-efficient 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that offers decent off-the-line acceleration and a hearty 3.5-liter V6 with plenty of torque, quiet operation and fuel economy that is remarkably similar to the four cylinder. If you want all-wheel-drive the V6 is your lone choice. 2.7-liter in-line 4187 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm186 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,100 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/243.5-liter V6265 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm245 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,700 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (FWD), 16/22 (AWD)

Editors' Notes

You can bet that the engineers at Toyota are not pleased that the Honda Odyssey is widely regarded as the best minivan in America. So they’ve done something about it. The new-for-2011 Sienna minivan offers an improved exterior design, better driving dynamics, a more accommodating interior and features that take it up several notches in the hotly competitive minivan category. With the redesign, it has certainly moved up on our list of desirable minivans.

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The Toyota sienna is a wonderful family vehicle!!

2011 Toyota Sienna Ltd

The Toyota sienna is a wonderful family vehicle. Of the 3 vehicles we own, it is the most comfortable. I love the space that is has for my child to move around in as needed. One of my favorite features is the way the third row seats go up and down. It is all at the touch of a button. When I want them up or down for more room I just press one button and it is so handy. There is not any manual labor that goes into it, which is great for me since I am so petite. I also love how large the DVD player is. My child loves watching movies on long car rides in mommy's car because of the large DVD player. Everything in the vehicle is easy to use and very accessible. I also really like how the doors are automatic and open and close at the touch of a button. I love the sliding doors... It is great for children. The only negative thing I have to say about my sienna is that the headlights and side mirrors have gotten what looks like a fog on them over the years. It makes it difficult to see out of them at times and they need to be replaced. Other than that the Toyota sienna is a great family vehicle!!

- Katie S

Toyota sienna: a wise financial choice.

2011 Toyota Sienna

My vehicle has been extremely reliable and durable. We have three children who have put it to the test. I purchased it barely used in January 2011. It had 15000 miles on it at time of purchase. Almost eight years later it is still going strong. We have kept up with the required maintenance. Besides a couple of recalls, which the manufacturer has expediently and efficiently resolved, we have never had any major issue with the car, only normal wear and tear. Truly the only reason I rated it a bit lower is because I don't really want to drive a minivan. They are unwieldy to park and, honestly, just not as much fun to drive. My current stage in life requires a minivan. While I am in this stage, this van has been a great choice: dependable and cost efficient. If we needed to purchase this kind of car again, I am confident we would go with a sienna. We only purchase Toyotas and usually keep them until they are close to 300, 000 miles before we buy a new car. Even then, every car we have had has been going strong.

- Joy V

Versatility in a manageable size.

2011 Toyota Sienna

It is spacious and great for road trips. The climate control works very well in various regions of the car and it had separate front and back seat controls. It came with run flat tires which are nice but rather pricey and it does not have a spare tire which could potentially put me in quite a jam. Easy to drive, powerful enough and peppy, with reasonable gas mileage. The inside of the front windshield is difficult for me to clean or for a car wash to clean, because it is so large and slopes a lot to the front, so it is hard to reach. Have never ever used the roof rack. The folding third row seats offer a lot of versatility. I had to take out the second row seats once to move something and they are incredibly heavy and very difficult to get back in, I was out there struggling and cussing.

- Heather A

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