Pixie Party Rental Pickup - 2011 Toyota Sienna SE Long-Term Road Test

2011 Toyota Sienna Long Term Road Test

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Pixie Party Rental Pickup

March 07, 2011

sienna rentals rear hatchWhat do you do when you're expecting five diminutive fairies for a tea party and none of the furniture you own will suffice? You rent. And when you have a minivan like our 2011 Toyota Sienna, you pick up the rentals yourself.

That's a 6-foot by 30-inch banquet table (with cute short legs, cuz fairies are little, right?) and six child-size wooden folding chairs (again, fairies = tiny). As you can see, there's plenty of room for even more stuff on either side of the table, and I didn't have to fold or remove the second-row seats (a big plus, because that would have also meant removing the kid/baby seats installed therein and I hate having to re-install those seats when I don't have to).

This was the first time I'd stowed the third-row seats in the Sienna, and I found it to be fairly easy, though it took me two tries to get it right. I'm gonna have to get some time in our LT Odyssey and play with the third row seat, to see how they compare.

sienna rentals side door This is how far forward the table comes in the cabin when it's pretty much flush with the rear hatch. It had a few inches of forward travel before it touched the center console, so I stuffed a blanket I had in the car in the space there to prevent any slams.

The fairies were pleased with their teeny accomodations, and even I managed to keep the pixie dust out of the Sienna. Fairies require a buttload of pixie dust for a proper tea party.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 7,136 miles

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