2011 Toyota Sienna SE: If This Van's A Rockin'....That's Perfectly Normal
May 05, 2011
I hadn't driven our Long Term 2011 Toyota Sienna SE since the epic 2011 5-minivan comparison. Minivans tend to get a lot of love in our office because we have (we in general, I certainly do not) kids and dogs and stuff to move around and minivans are great at that. So when I saw the van open, I snagged it quick. What I didn't notice during the comparison was how much this vehicle rocks like a dinghy in the bow-wave from passing vehicles.
There's a left-hand-turn on my way home that has me stopped while cars fly by at a maximum of 30 mph. The van is super-quiet and you can't hear them go by, but MAN can you feel it. The Sienna doesn't shake, it just floats around on the suspension for a few seconds until the next car sends it into motion again. Not a deal breaker, but annoying and something I'd have to deal with every day.
I just figured the "sporty" version wouldn't be as willowy as a normal Toyota.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor @ 11,080 miles