2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Bought our "swagger wagon" after much research this past April. We tried every competitive minivan and even a few SUVs, but we need 7-passenger seating so the field is limited.
We've had two Dodge Caravans and they began to fall apart after about five years. The Kia is junk IMO. So, it cams down to the Odyssey and the Sienna.
The Sienna won for three reasons: 1. Price beats the Honda by a few thousand, 2. Consumer Reports show Toyota reliability is unbeaten by anyone in the long run (and we hope to keep this van for many years) 3. The Honda is just plain ugly on the outside (looks like a hearse). IMO, the 2011 Sienna is the best looking minivan ever.
- Packed with safety features. rated by CR as the safest minivan.
- Unquestionable Toyota quality.
- Awesome styling.
- Incredible power plant - 266 HP, tons of torque and easier on gas than our old gutless 3.0 L Caravan.
- Unmatched interior space.
- Very quiet on the road (much more so than the Honda).
- Exceptional handling.
- Tight steering radius - very maneuverable for a long vehicle.
- Awesome engine sound. The V6 has a growl that this former muscle-car owner been missing.
All very minor:
- No single switch to turn on all interior lights at once. A small thing but a strange omission.
- Extra fob for the remote door locks makes for a pocketful. Even Ford can put the remote buttons on the key.
- No alarm/buzzer when you get out and leave the headlights turned on. Auto-off looks after this, but it's still unnerving.
- No way to check/refill transmission fluid. I've had no need for this, but it just seems odd. (Perhaps it's paranoia from owning Dodges with notoriously bad transmissions).
- Front seat belts are very "grabby" when you lean forward or when pulling them out to buckle up. They lock unless you pull them very gently.
We love our Sienna. Weve had it for approximately 4 months and have put almost 5,000 trouble-free miles on it, including several long road trips.
The Vehicle Quiet, roomy, comfortable, attractive, safe, and reliable. Very agile steering -- this huge vehicle is very nimble in parking lots and tight corners. I think the base XLE is a very good value, especially with an after-market DVD player. In my opinion the premium package and limited versions are too expensive, and the AWD version seems to have some disadvantages.
The Competition There are lots of great minivans on the market but the Sienna was an easy choice for us. Weve always found Hondas to be uncomfortable, and Ive never been impressed by the Odysseys consumer reviews. The Kia is nice, but we thought the Sienna was much more attractive and we were surprised how little difference there is in the price. The Quests styling is polarizing and controversial (once again) and the limited cargo situation was an issue for us despite its beautiful interior. Finally, I just dont trust Chrysler/Dodge quality (whether thats fair or not).
Final words I think the cheap interior controversy is a little over-hyped. The 2011 XLE cabin is much more attractive than the 2010 Sienna or the 2011 Sedona.
Additionally, since there is absolutely no center column, this interior just feels much more spacious then most other vehicles. Being a practical, price-conscious consumer, I would have loved to have saved money by buying a used Sienna, but the used Siennas are so bizarrely expensive its just not worth it. Bottom Line: Highly recommended. We are very happy with our 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE.
Nimble maneuvering, spacious interior, satellite radio (how did we live without it).
Bisque interior looks great.
Power doors seem prone to occassional glitches.
Wish the front passenger seat was a power seat.
It's too easy for the kids to leave one of the reading lights on in the back--those should be extinguished when the car is locked.
After much debate, we sold our 2005 Sienna XLE and found a great deal on a 2011 Sienna Limited ($2200 under invoice!). The ride is superior to our 2005; I would describe it as more "plush". The interior cabin noise is much improved over the '05 as well. Overall, in our mind, the Sienna beats the honda and the nissan hands down. The ability to move the second row so far back was what sold us on the Sienna. Overall, we are really happy with the purchase.
Second row seats slide wayyyyy back, love that feature.
Sound system is far superior to our 2005's.
Interior is almost as quite as my Lexus GX 470.
Seats are comfortable, especially the second row.
Exterior styling is superior to competitors.
Plastic is cheap looking, especially in gray color.
The LCD on the navigation is outdated:
terrible resolution and is lesser quality than the smaller information LCD above it.
Pleather seating trim, especially in third row.
Front seat arm rests do not articulate like the second row.
Too much plastic in the rear cabin area, needs leather accents.
The dual screen LCD could be thinner.
We purchased the Sienna XLE a few weeks ago. We spent good money on a high end vehicle expecting great quality, unfortunately we've been very disappointed. All the back seats are squeaking and rattling. It started with the 3rd row seat, then the pilot chair seats. We brought it into the dealership to have it looked and they said Toyota was aware of the issues on some of the Siennas and that there was no fix. They said they are working a redesign! Why did they let this go out the door. Furthermore, when we asked the dealership to help us out and resolve the issue, they said it's not their problem (there exact words). I will never buy a Toyota again!!
Fix the squeaky seats.
I feel like i'm driving in a rusty 1990 ford pickup truck.
Toyota needs to improve their customer relations.
Dealerships should not be telling customers that have known issues that Toyota has admitted to that it's not there problem.