2011 Toyota Sienna: Will It Fit a Treadmill?
January 06, 2011
I bought a treadmill and since its box was abso-freakin'-lutely enormous, I needed an abso-freakin'-lutely enormous vehicle to transport it. Actually, I shall be more precise -- I needed an abso-freakin'-lutely long cargo hold to transport it.
Luckily, we had just purchased our long-term Sienna (this was just after Thanksgiving before we officially announced it) so it seemed like a good vehicle for the job. Was it though?
I lowered the 3rd row, removed the second-row middle seat and then pushed one of the second-row captain's chairs as far forward on its track as it would go. Unlike the Chrysler minivan's Stow 'n Go, the Nissan Quest and big crossovers like our Chevy Traverse, you can't achieve a fully flat load floor from tailgate to front seats in the Sienna without removing the second-row seats. I wasn't going to do that, so this gigantic box was either going to fit or ... I guess I'd come up with something.
Thankfully, it was a perfect fit without a millimeter to spare. I'm not exagerating. Of course, the box had to sit atop the second-row middle floor tray and a seat belt buckle, which certainly isn't ideal. Also not ideal: Riswick and Takahashi carrying aformentioned treadmill into my house and up a flight of stairs ... but that's a different story.
As such, the Sienna isn't the best cargo-friendly minivan around. The Chryslers are still king in that regard (and the Stow 'n Go seats are now mercifully more comfortable than before).
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 200-some miles at that point
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