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Really don't like this car...
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By shallhb
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2011 Toyota Sienna Limited 7-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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After really studying min-vans and SUVs, I decided on the Sienna, based partly on friends' recommendations, based partly on experience with Lexus (a near Toyota).
Purchased a limited in April.
What a disappointment!.
We paid for a aftermarket navigational device.
It never arrived, and we got our money back in August.
In September, I hit our gate and damaged a door.
the car was in the shop for 5 weeks because Toyota didn't have the parts available (according to the body shop, at least).
It's noisy, big and a rough ride.
Mine is once again in the shop.
Brake trouble this time.


Best Features

Auto brights, auto windshield wipers, heated seats, good turn radius, accelerates well.


Worst Features

Noisy and rough. Reliability and repair appear to be pretty bad, based on current experience. Cute design


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Still gives the biggest bang for the buck
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By stabler1
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2011 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Just bought a LE V6 FWD. This is my 2nd Sienna following the 04 and my 4th mini van in total.
Considered Highlander and Pilot also.
Pilot is high maintenace with the short timing belt change cycle nonsense plus the guzzling yet weak engine.
Highland is good over all but it is simply more money for a less car compared to Sienna.
The new Odyssey is simply too ugly in my taste.

The new van drives good feels very stable on free way speed. like the LE's backup camera and XM radio. Like the front floor pad area which is a perfect place for putting a lady hand bag or something.
The power driver's seat is very supportive and comfortable.
2nd row seats have more than enough lag room for most


Best Features

Hidden rear wiper, backup camera, XM, spaciousness


Worst Features

Why cut the rear power vents? Bring the power lift gate to LEs also. MPG info shows bogus info. to LEs also.


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Solid Car - Beware of Bluetooth on LE
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By aschreiber1
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2011 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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When comparing the different versions of the Toyota Sienna 2011 if Bluetooth is an important feature then you really don't have much of a choice. The reason is that the Bluetooth with Navigation package is much more advanced than the standard Bluetooth that comes with the Limited Edition and it is only available for the XLE model. Three of the top five most critical Bluetooth profiles are absent from the standard Bluetooth package on the LE and they are Phone Book Address Profile (PBAP), Synchronization (SYNC) and Object Push Profile (OPP). Of these three profiles the fact that PBAP was left out is an atrocity!!! Aside from the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and the Hands Free Profile (HFP), PBAP is undeniably the most important profile as far as making phone calls is concerned. It boggles my mind why Toyota would have left this out!!! Instead, owners are forced to manually add a MAXIMUM of 20 entries into a "Phone Book" which is merely a lookup table that tries to pull up a phone number based on how "you the owner" decided to record the matching voice tag. For those people who might actually bother taking the time to add any entries into the "Phone Book", limiting the number of entries to 20 only adds insult to injury! Considering most people on average have at least 3 phone numbers per contact (i.e. home, work, cell) Toyota is really limiting you to only 7 contacts.

A true and correct implementation of Bluetooth would have (at the very least) included the HFP for voice dialing in conjunction with A2DP, PBAP and SYNC. Using this "industry standard" approach results in a seamless experience instead of the excruciatingly painful and ultimately futile one that users will have to endure.

Unfortunately I don't see many complaints on the Internet regarding this shortcoming and I believe it's for good reason. Bluetooth is still a very new concept for most people -especially in cars and especially for the Sienna's target demographic which is still soccer moms. For most moms this will be their first encounter with a Bluetooth equipped car and they therefore have nothing to compare it to. For them, not having to look at their phones to dial, put them up to their ear or take their eyes off the road is a fabulous thing and since they don't know how things "should be" they don't care because as the old saying goes, "ignorance is bliss". But this is actually what angers me the most because it doesn't have to be like this and it shouldn't have to be like this. I just paid $30,000 for a brand spanking new Sienna 2011 and it can't perform the simple task of synching my wife's address book from her iPhone to the car so she can can simply hold the talk button and say "Call Steve Smith on mobile/home/work etc.".

SHAME ON YOU TOYOTA!!!

For more information on Bluetooth profiles you can check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth_profile.

Toyota, I think you guys should seriously consider going through the list and reading it over very carefully. Then have one of your engineers pair his/her cell phone with the current system installed in the 2011 Sienna LE ($30,000) versus a 2010 Kia Forte ($13,000) and tell me which experience is more pleasant.


Worst Features

Bluetooth address book transfer!!! Bluetooth address book transfer!!! Bluetooth address book transfer!!!


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Best MiniVan ever - Period
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By samtheman10
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2011 Toyota Sienna XLE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Just can't get over the fact how good this van is despite bad publicity on Toyota vehicles. Test drove the 2011 Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town and Country etc. They are no match.

Excellent price! well worth it. I will buy Toyota's from now on! Heck with the media!


Best Features

Love everything. We got the premium package. Well worth it.


Worst Features

Wish it had power folding side mirrors and memory for seat settings.


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I love minvans
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Anonymous
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2011 Toyota Sienna SE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I purchased the SE due to it's awesome looks. Chose the color White. We live in snow county so I was concerned about the 19" low profile performance tires for traction in the snow. Much to my delight this is a tank in the snow even with these very sharp hi-tech tires. What a relief. Same traction as my 08 Odyssey which was quite good. Also had 4 Suburban vehicles prior and traction for the minivan is comparable. Minivans are quite, more room than Suburbans, handle much better, much easier in and out, much better gas mileage. Most guys I know love them but the wives still feel they don't want them yet. I hope this will change. Minivans are the greatest. What a way to Tour. SE is a WOW !!!


Best Features

Handling. Room. Visibility. We installed a PS3 and Movie screen. Can watch Blurays and play Madden. Installed a JVC KW-NT3HDT Nav radio. Fantastic radio and real simple to run. Real sharp. Also installed remote starter. Middle seats slide way back when no one is in the third seat.


Worst Features

I have not had time to try the mini 8th seat. Jump seat I would say. Maybe it is going to be great. Can't say yet. The fact you can store it is great.


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