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9 of 12 people found this review helpful
Solid Car - Beware of Bluetooth on LE
By aschreiber1 on 12/21/10 16:23 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan LE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

When comparing the different versions of the Toyota Sienna 2011 if Bluetooth is an important feature then you really don't have much of a choice. The reason is that the Bluetooth with Navigation package is much more advanced than the standard Bluetooth that comes with the Limited Edition and it is only available for the XLE model. Three of the top five most critical Bluetooth profiles are absent from the standard Bluetooth package on the LE and they are Phone Book Address Profile (PBAP), Synchronization (SYNC) and Object Push Profile (OPP). Of these three profiles the fact that PBAP was left out is an atrocity!!! Aside from the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and the Hands Free Profile (HFP), PBAP is undeniably the most important profile as far as making phone calls is concerned. It boggles my mind why Toyota would have left this out!!! Instead, owners are forced to manually add a MAXIMUM of 20 entries into a "Phone Book" which is merely a lookup table that tries to pull up a phone number based on how "you the owner" decided to record the matching voice tag. For those people who might actually bother taking the time to add any entries into the "Phone Book", limiting the number of entries to 20 only adds insult to injury! Considering most people on average have at least 3 phone numbers per contact (i.e. home, work, cell) Toyota is really limiting you to only 7 contacts. A true and correct implementation of Bluetooth would have (at the very least) included the HFP for voice dialing in conjunction with A2DP, PBAP and SYNC. Using this "industry standard" approach results in a seamless experience instead of the excruciatingly painful and ultimately futile one that users will have to endure. Unfortunately I don't see many complaints on the Internet regarding this shortcoming and I believe it's for good reason. Bluetooth is still a very new concept for most people -especially in cars and especially for the Sienna's target demographic which is still soccer moms. For most moms this will be their first encounter with a Bluetooth equipped car and they therefore have nothing to compare it to. For them, not having to look at their phones to dial, put them up to their ear or take their eyes off the road is a fabulous thing and since they don't know how things "should be" they don't care because as the old saying goes, "ignorance is bliss". But this is actually what angers me the most because it doesn't have to be like this and it shouldn't have to be like this. I just paid $30,000 for a brand spanking new Sienna 2011 and it can't perform the simple task of synching my wife's address book from her iPhone to the car so she can can simply hold the talk button and say "Call Steve Smith on mobile/home/work etc.". SHAME ON YOU TOYOTA!!! For more information on Bluetooth profiles you can check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_profile. Toyota, I think you guys should seriously consider going through the list and reading it over very carefully. Then have one of your engineers pair his/her cell phone with the current system installed in the 2011 Sienna LE ($30,000) versus a 2010 Kia Forte ($13,000) and tell me which experience is more pleasant.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Best MiniVan ever - Period
By samtheman10 on 12/11/10 22:31 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

Just can't get over the fact how good this van is despite bad publicity on Toyota vehicles. Test drove the 2011 Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town and Country etc. They are no match. Excellent price! well worth it. I will buy Toyota's from now on! Heck with the media!
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love minvans
By Anonymous on 12/08/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan SE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

I purchased the SE due to it's awesome looks. Chose the color White. We live in snow county so I was concerned about the 19" low profile performance tires for traction in the snow. Much to my delight this is a tank in the snow even with these very sharp hi-tech tires. What a relief. Same traction as my 08 Odyssey which was quite good. Also had 4 Suburban vehicles prior and traction for the minivan is comparable. Minivans are quite, more room than Suburbans, handle much better, much easier in and out, much better gas mileage. Most guys I know love them but the wives still feel they don't want them yet. I hope this will change. Minivans are the greatest. What a way to Tour. SE is a WOW !!!
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Excellent buy
By nice van on 12/03/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

Bought our van in April and have 8k on it. Build quality is excellent and we have had absolutely no problems. We have 3 young children and avoided a minivan at all costs, but love the functionality of this van. It has made our lives easier. Interior is a very nice place to spend time, and it is by far the best looking minivan. The new Honda does not even compare and we looked when it came out. Great gas mileage especially considering the power this van has. Major bang for the buck if you avoid silly and pricey options.
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2011 Pre-Dawn Grey Limited AWD
By krispykreme on 11/30/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan Limited 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

Performance- Excellent engine and transmission combination. Shift smoothly and always find right gear. Interior- The 2011 version take a step back in the interior material as compare to my 04/08 limited. Too much hard plastic. Loved the lounge seat. Gas Mileage- Only getting slightly above 17 mpg. Drive and Ride- Handling is much better than previous generation. While the steering is numb, handling is about as good as 2011 Odyssey. Ride is silky smooth. Unlike the 2011 odyssey we later test drove, Sienna is smooth with better body control. Brake- Excellent brake. Firm and does not fade.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Satisfied so far
By sunbomb on 11/29/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

3-year lease on an XLE. Did not bother to get it with nav or entertainment. Since we have smartphones, this seems like a good choice even a month on. Good looking van. Some questionable exterior design choices (like the presence of a quite visible panel at the lower end of the sliding doors.) Wife loves the black color. Interior is (like many people mentioned) a bit cheap looking, but hey if that bothers you so much, you should not buy it at all. Design of the cabin lights is really bad. The back of the 3rd row along with the appearance of the cargo well is not as polished as the Odyssey. Comm Technology is not good at all. Bluetooth is a hit-or-miss affair.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Winter experience
By Dmitry on 11/26/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan LE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

The first winter blast has changed my excitement to disappointment. Heating system is a crap. There are buttons, knobs and noise but no hot airflow, especially to foot area. At -18 C (0 F) it is never warm up to comfortable temperature inside. At -30 C (-22 F) it is a disaster up to safety issue. You are thinking how to survive and not how to drive. Is it safe to steer by fists? Somebody can advice to install cardboard in font of radiator. Ok, but no room, remove grill first. I still do not know is windshield defroster installed or not on my vehicle, Toyota ca says Yes, wiper blades say No. Otherwise I like this van.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A great SUV/MiniVan with extras
By trour on 11/22/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan LE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

After 3 Ford and 1 Toyota mini-vans, here is what I think about the Sienna. First of all the $2300 down and 299/mo lease promo with 24 mo free maintenance is crazy cheap. As cheap as the numbers for my previous Sienna w 0% 48 mo (minus what it is worth afterwords). The Sienna drives different then my wives Sienna as the all electric steering seems to not be as nimble in the parking lot, but I was on some back rds in Texas yesterday and that steering was tight, easy and very accurate, all the windows are now auto down, the 4 whl dsc and traction control are std, new knee airbag makes the steering wheel not come down as far..but adj and drv seat works for me.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Swagger Wagon Rocks!
By GatorKeithB on 11/21/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan SE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

We avoided the 'minivan' like none other. But after going to the auto show we narrowed it down to either the Buick Enclave or the Sienna SE. This was as we wanted a car with three rows so as to be able to get back to the kids as well as take the grandparents. We test drove the Sienna SE 'Swagger Wagon' the day after the show, and ending up buying the day after. This is the first minivan that actually turned my head due to styling, and you just can't beat Toyo reliability vs unknown GM reliability (imo). So far, only having it for a week, we are really enjoying it. I love the styling in and out, rides great on the 19" low profile tires, and has tight steering and feel.
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Empty Nesters' Favorite
By Gr8WhiteNortherner on 11/20/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan XLE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

Review

IMHO this is the nicest-looking 2011 minivan. The front end is much more attractive than gen-2 and rear-end design (especially the taillights) is an outstanding improvement. Meanwhile successive Odyssey redesigns have become quirkier/weirder. (Did a bolt of lightning strike the rear section, causing it to sag?) Our third minivan - It is much quieter, roomier and has far more driver legroom and seat comfort than '02 Odyssey EX-L. Center console intrudes far less than '07 Entourage GLS-L. Gas mileage is significantly better than either. It handles well, very stable in cross-winds and has ample power. AND... Our ownership experience has proven Toyota to have the highest reliability .
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