2011 Toyota Sienna SE: The New Man Van?
May 26, 2011
In today's post I will posit that the 2011 Toyota Sienna is the new Man Van, inheriting the title from the Dodge Grand Caravan and before it the Chevy Astro/GMC Safari twins. It's a simple three-part argument:
1) All Man Vans either have motor* or are rear-wheel drive.
2) The Toyota Sienna SE has motor.
3) Therefore, the Toyota Sienna SE is a Man Van.
But I'd press the issue even father than that by saying the Sienna looks the part of a Man Van in a big way. Just check out the monochromatic treatment going on here:
That's right, the mirrors, wheels and nearly all the trim (the only real exception is the grille) are all given a finish which matches the paint. Combine that with the fact that this machine can actually get out of its own way when its throttle is opened and I declare the 2011 Toyota Sienna SE the new Man Van.
It's something I'm not embarrassed to drive. Because Man Vans rule.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor
* The Grand Caravan, in its latest generation, offers a huffing 4.0-liter V6 which at the time we tested it made it the fastest minivan we've ever tested. Certainly a Man Van, just a bit dated.