I purchased the 2003 LE Synphony
with 0% financing after getting tired of
dealing with Honda. I really liked the
Odyssey but since there is such a
demand for the Odyssey, Honda
doesn't budge on price. At 0% the
Odyssey lost out.
I got a good deal on the Sienna -
traded 92 accord. I had lot of buyers
remorse for a couple of weeks after
giving up my accord. The Van rides
higher up and gives a better view of
the road. But since you sit higher the
vehicle drives different then a sedan.
This difference was hard to get use
to for me. Now I love the van. I love
being higher up and having the extra
- Power side door (right side only)
- Split 3rd row seat - don't have to
give up the whole 3rd seat to get a
little extra storage.
- Roof rack cross bars are standard
(unlike the Odyssey)
-Spare tire is under the rear of th car
and is easy to access (Honda's is
- 3rd row seat reading lights
- Center console is a big waste of
space I would rather have a
- Wish there was dual siding doors
- 16" tires would make van ride even
After 8 months of research and debate
between Honda, Mazda and Toyota settled
on the T despite initial distaste with
the exterior appearance (98 percent of
the time you're inside it, right?). The
$2,500 rebate from Toyota to move
the '03s before the updated and
admittedly superior '04 hits, sealed
the deal. So ended up with a top of
the line XLE for the same price as the
Honda and with way better reliability
and more features than the Mazda.
Sunroof is a big deal (not available on
H). Power doors. The drop down center
tray would be nice (on the 04). Being
able to use a portion of the rear seat
(No use it or lose it rear seat).
Quietness...no fuel slosh like the
Honda, no 4 noise rating like the
editors gave the Mazda.
Split fold and stow rear seat, power
rear door, drop down center table.
These are all on the horizon with
the '04 but bear in mind that the top
of the '04 is an XLE Limited and you
are not going to touch that for less
than 35 large I suspect.
I decided to get rid of my Isuzu Rodeo
because I was tired of the truck like
ride. I came into the dealership to
buy a Camry. I drove the Sienna just
because, and I feel in love with it.
Smooth ride, extreme confort. Prior to
driving, and ultimately purchasing, I
would hyperventilate just thinking
about owning a minivan. Forget the
stigma, this minivan drives/rides like
I wish the passenger windows could be
rolled down (ala Mazda MPV). Center
console should be standard on all
models. The radio is not very good,
and I have the upgraded JBL. Sound
quality could be better. I looked, but
could not locate an LE with the in dash
6 cd changer.
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