2011 Toyota Sienna
Manufacturer: Toyota Part number: 101273303
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CNET editors' review
price range: $38,500.00
- Reviewed by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 06/17/2010
The good: The 2011 Toyota Sienna Limited breaks new ground with a 16.4-inch rear-seat entertainment system. Adaptive cruise control and a dial-by-name Bluetooth phone system contribute to this minivan's advanced features.
The bad: The iPod interface immediately plays any music shown, and the stereo does not mute for navigation voice prompts. Adaptive cruise control cannot stop the car, and blind-spot detection would be nice.
The bottom line: The 2011 Toyota Sienna Limited offers comfort and entertainment for rear-seat passengers, and a reasonably tech-filled driving experience, with some limitations.
Sienna's uninspiring redesign is all show, no go.
by dolomitibettega on January 17, 2011
Pros: For an XLE AWD costing $38,000, there is little to like. At first the Sienna superficially charms with its features and styling. However, the lousy fit/finish, poor ergonomics, and lackluster chassis wear on you fast.
Cons: Engine/transmission combination, lack of passenger room, seats awkward for tall passengers for a car of this price range, poor ergonomics, slap/dash engineering, uninspiring handling, multiple blind spots, trunk difficult to load, plenty more...
Summary: After the disappointment of having an overpriced 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD for 9 months, I thought it would be worthwhile to mention that this car is vastly overhyped without ...
Summary: After the disappointment of having an overpriced 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD for 9 months, I thought it would be worthwhile to mention that this car is vastly overhyped without the proper design or engineering.
It's not an awful vehicle, but I find that most of the redesign elements have been geared towards styling, presentation and giving an impression of luxury, refinement or room without actually delivering these qualities at all. Whenyou scratch the surface, it feels and drives like a bigger yet mediocre 25,000 dollar car. I find this relevant because I recently also test drove an outgoing 2010 version of lower trim level (I believe LE FWD) which was more bland and less superficially attractive, yet found the 2011 to actually be inferior in both driving experience and practicality.
My biggest gripe is that the Sienna seems built for obese women that are 5'6" or less. Wide, but squat accomodations are the norm . I am 6'5"; it is my expectation that when you pay 38,000 dollars for a vehicle of much above average size to the point where its handling and drivability suffer greatly, you would at least have some room. You have room to your sides, because Toyota removed extra seats and allowed only two in the front, and two in the middle rows instead of bench seats. The dashboard was also designed to "look big" and angled so it appears exclusive to both driver an passenger. This gives the perception of space, but does nothing to keep my feet from being flat against the firewall. I don't mind this that much because I usually favor small cars, but this extra bit of comfort, practicality and people moving that a larger car could offer simply is not there. Interestingly, this Sienna only scored 2 stars for the frontal offset crash: I am not surprised. Simple physics will dictate the occupant in this position will sustain injuries to the lower body. The middle row seats offer enough leg room to completely extend my 36 length pant legs forward. Unfortunately, when I do so, I isolate myself socially from those in the front, and render the rear seat unusable except for all but the smallest of children. Furthermore, no matter how I try to adjust the middle row seats, I feel like they are tilted backwards. This does improve access and carrying of child seats, which is in the role of the vehicle, but for adults over 5'6" the legroom is a tragic irony because sitting like you have your knees between your chin renders long trips tiring, uncomfortable, and onerous.
Loading the rear is OK. It holds plenty of stuff, boxes, suitcases or trays of muffins. The problem occurs when you put the rear sets down. Because the AWD driveshaft takes away significant floor room, the top of the rear seat when completely folded is NOT even with the rest of the floor. This not only makes it a chore to load and unload large cargos (take note those thinking of buying for commercial useage!), but it rendrs it difficult to stack items one on top of the other because the higher items will tend to fall off more easily no matter how carefully you load.
The driving experience is probably the greatest chore. While the backup camera is a SMALL consolation, the fact of the matter is that basically anything not in front or immediately to your side is for all intents and purposes invisible due to being blocked by some part of the car. Seats, swagger wagon styling curves and DVD screen all conspire to create a 180 degree blind spot behind you. Not knowing what's around you mixes poorly with its ponderous handling where you never know where you quite are. Despite being an attentive, alert driver, this is the first time I find myself weaving lanes in the road; it is terrifying to drive in any kind of traffic. Only off the line is power aplenty, once going the sluggish transmission hunts so indecisively to the point of being unusable. The motor is not bad at maintaining speed, you have to floor it all the time to get any real pep out of it, much more so than the outgoing 5 speed. Unfortunately, doing so results in the motor screaming in protest and vibrating as if overwhelmed, not what you'd expect out of a large V-6 in a 38,000 dollar car. What's more, the overall demeanor leaves you feeling so out of control that you have the impression you are going much faster, and are less safe than you are. For short trips it's not a big deal, but on long highway trips it becomes a chore. Once nice thing is that you can let go of the steering wheel and the car does track straight for what seems like eons. This is nice for reaching back to pacify screaming kids, but sadly necessary because the TERRIBLE ergonomics of the HVAC system means you will be hitting buttons whose meaning and location is as random as it is illogical, whilst having to look in a tiny, busy, hard to read screen in yet another location to check what your command actually was.
For all its glitz, the 1st Gen Honda Pilot actually drove and felt much better put together. Enough said.
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Enjoying the Sienna
by txag02 on March 24, 2011
Pros: Room for the size of the vehicle
Cons: Nothing to speak of
Summary: My wife and I have always been avid SUV drivers. We never thought that we would purchase a minivan, and have recieved lots of flack for buying it! After a ...
Summary: My wife and I have always been avid SUV drivers. We never thought that we would purchase a minivan, and have recieved lots of flack for buying it! After a recent trip where our only option was to rent a minivan, and then we were hooked. We realized that it was twice as easy to load the kiddos and all of the stuff that goes with them in the van. I cannot believe the amount of space these vehicles have. I can fit more stuff in here along with our entire family better than I could in a Suburban! We looked at all of the vans before settling on the Sienna...although it was a close race with the Odyssey. We liked all the little features in the Sienna, especially the center row seating that slides back and forth. I am 6'6" so having my daughter far enough away to not kick the back of my seat is priceless. Overall, we haven't found anything we don't like about our Sienna. We opted for the Limited package which seems to take away some of the "cheapness" found in the lower base models. I think Toyota has done a great job with this redesign, and I really like the Toyota Care maintenance.
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I real want to drive it?
by atwtrading on June 22, 2010
Pros: Design and engine
Cons: Price and extras
Summary: Im thinking in buying it next year.
Summary: Im thinking in buying it next year.
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- Manufacturer: Toyota
- Part number: 101273303
- Bottom Line: The 2011 Toyota Sienna Limited offers comfort and entertainment for rear-seat passengers, and a reasonably tech-filled driving experience, with some limitations.
Basic car properties
- Body style Minivan
- Available Engine Gas
- Smart airbags Standard
- Antilock brakes Standard
- Traction control Standard
- Stability control Standard
- Back-up cameras Standard
- Roadside assistance Standard
- Adaptive cruise control Standard
- Satellite radio Standard
- Video entertainment system Optional
- Connection for portable MP3 sound system Standard
- MP3 CD-enabled sound system Standard
- USB connection Standard
- Multizone climate control Standard
- Heated/cooled seats Standard
- Keyless start Standard
- Two-way security system Standard
- 12V power outlet Standard
- Drivetrain available Front-drive
- Trip computer Standard
- Live traffic data Standard
- Touchscreen navigation Optional
- Voice activated navigation Optional
- DVD navigation system (non-GPS) Optional
- Bluetooth phone interface Standard
- OnStar or other roadside assistance system Standard
- Home automation integration Standard
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