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).
2013 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I bought a 2013 Toyota Sienna in January 2013. It is currently below 2000 miles. . At 60% weight load capacity, the ground clearance goes down to about 5 inches.
I get honked on highway asking me to pull over and check-out the rear. The weight load capacity specified in the Toyota User Manual is 1355lbs. Even the dealer is suggesting me go buy an aftermarket solution to fix the issue. This is a true safety issue. Dont even think about installing a tow hitch for a bicycle etc. The vans rear suspension is too weak to handle a tow hitch with the weight of bicycles.
Stronger Rear Suspension. 2nd Row seat design same as in Sienna 2006. Improved overall build Quality similar to the 2006 Sienna.