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2011 Toyota Sienna SE: And Another Thing

September 12, 2011

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Perhaps you read last week's diatribe on why I prefer the Sienna's powertrain over the Odyssey's engine and transmission. Well, here's one more reason: The ability to pick the gear you want. As you can see above, it's only a tap away in the Sienna.

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In the Odyssey (above) you can select L, which gives you some measure of control, but it's a far cry from the pick-your-own-gear setup in the Sienna. There's also the button on the side of the shifter (D4) to avoid overdrive gearing.

Also, lest this blog be free of controversy, I feel the need to point out that Toyota gets its shift logic wrong by using a push forward motion for upshifts. I'm not the only one who thinks so. Despite this, it's the superior setup.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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