2013 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I previously owned a new 2011 Toyota Sienna LE, put 30K plus on it and traded for a new 2013 Sienna LE almost 3 years ago. I now have 54K miles on this new 2013 as of 1-29-2016. Overall, this is the BEST vehicle I have ever owned. The best features are: effortless electronic steering, fabulous turning radius, smooth ride, spacious cargo room ( I can haul full 4 x 8 sheets of plywood flat in the rear), dual front and rear climate control, blue-tooth tech for my Ipod and phone, and just plain high quality and reliability of the van. Negatives are: driver side middle seat is cumbersome to remove because of the built in cup holder and seat rail slider,and the poor quality new LIMITED MILEAGE TIRES that the only last for 30K miles is disgraceful ( both of my 2011 and current 2013 Siennas had these Michelin limited mile tires.
2013 Toyota Sienna L 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
As a mom I like this kid wagon pretty well, but have one major gripe with the design.
It's obviously meant to haul children, and almost all children are in some sort of safety restraint/seat these days.
Problem is, the 2nd and 3rd row seats have this ridiculous incline, about a 45 degree incline toward the back.
What they really need to start at is about ground level for proper installation of car seats.
I've had to roll a towel to stick under a car seat before, but this is insane.
Who thought this was a good idea??
You really have to rig it to get the child seat at the proper angle, especially for the youngest children (newborns and babies) who are rear-facing and need to be reclined.
Fix the 2nd and 3rd row seats so they're appropriate and safe for children!
2013 Toyota Sienna SE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I recently purchased 2013 Sienna SE after
careful analysis with Sienna XLE and Honda Odyssey(EX-L and Touring). Below is my verdict on who wins in each category-
Exterior - Sienna SE
Tires/Wheels - Sienna SE
Tech - Odyssey
Features - Odyssey
Seating - Odyssey
Access to 3rd row - Sienna
Dashboard - Odyssey
Cargo Space - Sienna
Mileage - Odyssey
Price - Sienna
Drive - Sienna SE
Steering/Handling - Sienna SE
Winner - Sienna SE by a margin
If looks and drive does matter to you, go with Sienna SE with Navigation pkg. If you want to opt for XLE, then Odyssey is a better choice.
Odyssey pick up is not so good.
Odyssey 2014 still looks bad when compared to Sienna.
Best Minivan looks so far, wheels, fog lights with rings, concealed rear-wipers, space for storing captain chair, moonroof
We like the seinna in general. Its comfortable, best driving minivan we tested.
Lots of space.
What we dont like is the navigation system is one of the worst I've ever used. Its voice entry is slow and error prone, it's display is cluttered and hard to get what is important, it is hard to follow in a city with close turns.
Its just bad.
My $100 garmin is much better.
Not only did I spend 15x that for this system, but they also take out the XM capable radio to do it.
Other complaints are gas mileage is only 18-21, the heated seats dont let you turn on back vs legs, and in general the seats are not as comfortable as I would expect in this class.
And the tires are expensive!
Get together with google and make a real navigation system.
The runflat tires should be optional, they are very expensive and wear very fast ( we dont think well get 25K miles at of the current set).