We use the minivan largely for road trips with the family, dog, and gear. The good - very nice looking, quiet and comfortable. Build quality/reliability should be excellent, everything fine so far. Powerful engine, cavernous interior, very nice steering wheel! The bad - the cheap dash plastic and faux-wood trim are horrible. Climate controls are awkward, dash layout is pretty poor, radio controls hard to reach from driver seat. The front cup holders are huge-good luck using them for cups that normal size. Amazing that all these simple things are so poorly executed. The van handles like a boat-it's soft and floaty even for a minivan, Honda and Chrysler both drive better.
As above - quiet, powerful, and comfortable. It seems/feels bigger inside than the competitors, even though they're all roughly the same size. I believe that's a function of window size, shortened hood/forward seating position. Easy to drive for a minivan.
Dash layout and materials mostly. All the Siennas should have the SE's sport suspension. I don't know anyone who wants to drive a barcalounger. I don't know how anybody can rate any minivan as fun to drive, esp. the Sienna. The mast antenna is a bit of an eyesore on an otherwise good-looking van.
We bought our Sienna as a replacement for our 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L. Our Honda was a great van, and with a large family (5 kids) it was time to find another mini-van. We looked at the upcoming 2011 Honda Odyssey and felt it was a "step backward" in it's design, not very appealing. We liked the way the 2011 Sienna looked and once we test drove it, we knew this was it. At that point it was just a matter of which trim level to buy. Since my wife would only compromise on one color (Blizzard Pearl White), we had to buy the Limited FWD. What Mommy wants, Mommy gets. And I have to keep Mommy happy. If you do the research, you can save A LOT of cash on a purchase. Do your homework!
Navigation, BlueTooth, DVD RES. Smooth quiet ride, and EASY steering. Great acceleration and nice brakes. The cabin is VERY spacious (5 kids and a dog = no problem). The Blizzard Pearl paint is VERY nice and we get A LOT of compliments. Also liked the 2 years FREE maintenance.
We have only had the van a couple of weeks and can't really think of anything major, however, maybe Toyota could have used a little less plastic within the interior.
We've owned this vehicle for about a month and have put 1,600 miles on the car. Although it's still weird for us to acknowledge that we're mini-van owners, we have come to love the van (and so have our kids) in the short time that we've had it. The car is a delight to drive. Its steering is a little light, but otherwise has excellent handling and gets decent highway mileage for a big vehicle (averaging 24-26 mpg doing about 70-75 mph). Perhaps most importantly, our young boys love their separate captain's chairs, rear entertainment system, and ease of getting in and out of the car. Will update the review in several months, but right now can't say enough about this van!
Stylish inside and out; Handling; Rear Entertainment System; Good gas mileage for a van; Automatic sliding doors and rear hatch; Tri-zone A/C and heating
Steering is too light. I don't expect a German sports car, but it should be improved; Key should be single fob with auto start; Exterior hood antenna needs to go.
First, lets get the good out of the way. The van is very good to look at, has ample power and is relatively comfortable. However, there are some decisions made by Toyota that boggles the mind. Though the sunroof glass is 20 inches, you only get an 8 inch opening when it's FULLY retracted! Ridiculous!! Unless you are a small person, the armrests are not long enough and are too thin. The footrest for your left leg is once again extremely small. My size 10 feet would not fit flatly without touching a bulge down there somewhere. General quality is also not what i expect from a Toyota. A couple of interior panels are not lined up correctly. There is also cheap looking plastic parts everywhere.
Power from a strong engine, good exterior looks (unlike the abomination that is the 2011 Odyssey), bluetooth audio, Removable 2nd row middle seat
Radio RDS only displays about 10 characters. There is enough space to display at least 25 characters. Wind noise is as described by consumer reports. More sound deadening is sorely needed. On the XLE trim, the front passenger seat should really be powered. Foot rest area needs a redesign.
Been a loyal Toyota fan and currently have a 2006 Sienna XLE. Went to check out the 2011 Limited and have mixed feelings. The exterior is nice and the technology offerings is up with the times. The interior though is very cheap from the leather, stitching, and most of all the front dashboard. I will probably stick with my current Sienna which feels very luxurious or switch to a different maker. Feels like Toyota just released a superficial vehicle hoping no one would notice the low quality inside. Makes me wonder where else they did cost savings.