Great van for a growing family.
By Robert Cartland on
2008 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
We are expecting our third child soon and needed a larger vehicle. We chose the Sienna primarily because it is the only van to offer eight useful seats -- the 8th seat offered by the Odyssey is too small to be useful. We also like how the center seat can be moved forward for easy access to our expected baby. Add Toyota's powerful V6 (with a timing chain versus a belt) and better real life gas millage and the Sienna was for us. We have been enjoying our van, including a trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. It was great being able to bring along the kid's bikes by just putting them in the back of the van (no need for a bike rack). The van was a gift for my wife and so far she loves it!
We love the front-and-center 8th seat; this is great for an infant car seat. Also love the room, the ride quality and the STAR safety features.
Add a backup camera to all models - this should be required for all large vehicles. We added an after-market back-up camera and parking sensor system to out Sienna. I would also like to see an eight seat option in the upper trim lines.