Some good, some bad
By random1 on
2011 Toyota Sienna XLE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
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.