We narrowed our search for a good big family car down to the Toyota Sienna XLE or the Honda Odyssey equivalent level. We bought the Toyota, and in the first 6 months had to have the CD changer replaced 3 times! One tire won't hold air steadily, the paint chips very easy, the key transmitter needs replaced and no matter how and where we drive we can't average better than 18 mpg. Our dealer takes care of the problems under the warranty, but we loose much time having to go there and wait for repairs on a new car. Our conclusion is the building quality for the price does not match and we are now considering trading in for a Honda Odyssey.
The overall design is good both inside and out.
The construction quality of our 2007 XLE is not up to par for the price or reputation of Toyota automobiles!!!
Bought the Sienna XLE Pkg #6 (nav, DVD, etc) in May. Have 9.5K on it now. Took 3,000 mile road trip in September. Very comfortable. Mileage averaging 18 mpg. Not one problem. New 3.5L V6 is great,. The Sienna's not as cool as the Odyssey and is a bit boring to look at, but it's reliable, comfortable, quick, and my wife is happy (after all, what else really matters?).
Powerful engine (for a minivan), high grade interior materials, built-in window shades, turn signals in the mirrors, perfect fit and finish, nav system, plenty of interior room, power rear liftgate, memory driver seat/mirrors, back up camera.
Make nav available in some of the lower priced option packages. Although I like all the bells and whistles that came with our van, it had to be special ordered. AWD with a spare (no runflats). I would have bought AWD w/this configuration.
If you have to move people, cargo or even your pet goldfish, why would anyone buy anything but a minivan? SUVs play to the ego but minivans play to the practicality. I use my minivans for business and have found nothing better to move equipment and people. I've also owned many kinds of minivans and until now thought they were pretty much all the same. But not this time. Toyota tops them all. It drives with incredible stability, small turning radius, smooth riding and super easy to drive. If you own a minivan now and it's not a Toyota, it will be well worth your time to drive this around.
The ride, the disappearing seats, comfortable seating, lots of storage, the large area inside the car, all the bells and whistles (they are fun!), terrific radio, auto temp. controls (3 way), neat DVD, plenty of pep and of course...Toyota workmanship.
I would like to be able to completely remove the rear seats. There's lots more storage under. I cut a masonite board to cover the entire rear area. Toyota should sell one. A place to store the first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
The third minivan we've owned: a 1990 Dodge Caravan, a 2001 Honda Odyssey, now a 2007 Sienna. Each was best on market at the time. This year it was between Odyssey and Sienna. The Sienna had more comfortable seating and the XLE package #5 had all features we wanted without requiring navigation.
Yes, this is the Lexus of minivans. Smooth, comfortable and quiet (for a van) and visibility is best. Gearshift positioned well. Great steering adjustments; side sun screens a bonus. Instrumentation generally accessible but reading manual is a must.
Computer controlled tranny feels "funky" at first; NEEDS more tilt range in 8-way driver's seat and a manual or power 8-way passenger seat; better calibrated and accessible cruise; low volume turbo to boost pick-up and mileage; standard turn arrows on external mirrors.