2011 Toyota Sienna SE: The Whip Antenna
February 16, 2011
Our long-term 2011 Toyota Sienna SE is a great value. It rings up at just under $34,700, not bad considering that includes pretty much everything you need, except Navi. But something had to give to get to that price.
On all Sienna trim levels (including SE and XLE) except the Limited, Toyota has included a mast radio antenna instead of a glass-embedded unit. I don't like it.
These whip antennas are fine on El Cheapo-mobiles, but certainly not on something over $30K.
Our expectations have changed.
Toyota is the king of smart cost cutting, eliminating items they believe the customer won't miss anyway. But sometimes they go too far, and customers do indeed miss them.
And you? Would you care if ended up with a whip antenna on your ride?
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~6,700 miles