Minivan Over Convertible Fun? - 2011 Toyota Sienna SE Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Minivan Over Convertible Fun?

April 11, 2011

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A few weeks ago I picked up a book called Secret Stairs, a walking guide detailing over 40 short hikes around Los Angeles. Thought it would be good fun to explore new neighborhoods, get some exercise, spend a little quality time with the family, you get the idea.

Our friends who were coming along on our first secret walk just bought a new Mustang convertible and offered to drive the four of us to Pasadena. It was a choice between the Mustang and the long-term Toyota Sienna that I was driving for the weekend.

The two kids immediately vetoed the Ford.

"What?" I asked. "You crazy kids would rather ride in a minivan, with no DVD player, mind you, than in a brand new Mustang convertible? What are you, girls?!

Yes, they replied, adding that they preferred having a lot of open space in the car to the "fun" of a convertible.

We eventually left in the Sienna. After the "fun" three-mile hike, I surveyed the damage done to the Toyota's interior.

Shoes, two jackets, water bottles, a DS player, hats were all left inside, even a pair of shorts in the far back where one girl changed clothes.

Looks like the need for all that space around them was mostly for their junk.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 9,464 miles

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