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Empty Nesters' Favorite
By Gr8WhiteNortherner on
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
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 .
Silky-smooth flawless transmission shifting and quiet ride. Luxury-car feel. Open, airy cabin. Pleasing and functional dash layout. Bluetooth wireless audio streaming from iPhone. Generous driver legroom. Ease of entry (large seat to roof opening distance). Great gas mileage (for a mini-van).
Several relatively minor niggles: Why an old-fashioned antenna? - Satellite radio fade is similar to my '10 Prius with mini antenna. Auto-on HID headlights should be included on XLE. Relatively cheap-looking, un-padded plastic dash (Do North Americans really want fake wood? - None that I know!)