2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Carbon Fiber-Inspired Trim Keeps Me Sane
February 21, 2011
There's a definite half-hearted feel to the interior plastics in our long-term 2011 Toyota Sienna SE. Now, I wouldn't necessarily want really nice, tactile, delicate surfaces in a minivan cabin anyway, since I'm probably not going to have the time to appreciate them before they get all coated in kid goo. Still, I feel like Toyota could have gone farther (as Nissan, Honda and Chrysler all have) to cover up the inevitable cost-cutting.
Oddly, it's the carbon fiber-inspired strips that accent the Sienna SE's dash, door panels and shifter that keep me from feeling depressed when I drive this van. Do they look authentic? Not a bit, but these strips brighten up this gray-upon-gray-upon-gray cabin without creating annoying glare in bright sunlight. And they keep my eyes off the thin, corrugated-looking plastic to either side.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor