After much debate, we sold our 2005 Sienna XLE and found a great deal on a 2011 Sienna Limited ($2200 under invoice!). The ride is superior to our 2005; I would describe it as more "plush". The interior cabin noise is much improved over the '05 as well. Overall, in our mind, the Sienna beats the honda and the nissan hands down. The ability to move the second row so far back was what sold us on the Sienna. Overall, we are really happy with the purchase.
Second row seats slide wayyyyy back, love that feature.
Sound system is far superior to our 2005's.
Interior is almost as quite as my Lexus GX 470.
Seats are comfortable, especially the second row.
Exterior styling is superior to competitors.
Plastic is cheap looking, especially in gray color.
The LCD on the navigation is outdated:
terrible resolution and is lesser quality than the smaller information LCD above it.
Pleather seating trim, especially in third row.
Front seat arm rests do not articulate like the second row.
Too much plastic in the rear cabin area, needs leather accents.
The dual screen LCD could be thinner.
We purchased the Sienna XLE a few weeks ago. We spent good money on a high end vehicle expecting great quality, unfortunately we've been very disappointed. All the back seats are squeaking and rattling. It started with the 3rd row seat, then the pilot chair seats. We brought it into the dealership to have it looked and they said Toyota was aware of the issues on some of the Siennas and that there was no fix. They said they are working a redesign! Why did they let this go out the door. Furthermore, when we asked the dealership to help us out and resolve the issue, they said it's not their problem (there exact words). I will never buy a Toyota again!!
Fix the squeaky seats.
I feel like i'm driving in a rusty 1990 ford pickup truck.
Toyota needs to improve their customer relations.
Dealerships should not be telling customers that have known issues that Toyota has admitted to that it's not there problem.
2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan SE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
we choose the Sienna based on build quality (I work for a Toyota supplier). The reliability seems to be there, but Toyota went cheap on a couple of things. The interior plastics belong on a lowly Kia, they are hard to the touch and I'm guessing will be prone to sqeaking in due time. The sliding doors stick frequently.
The van is fun to drive, for a van, the steering is precise and the handling on the SE is probably the most fun of all minivans. The looks are pretty aggressive and hats off to Toyota for putting 19" rims on it, giving the van a sporty stance. Swagger wagon marketing is valid on the SE.
The steering is nicely weighted, with firm feel, unique for a Toyota.
As mentioned the wheel/tire package with suspension upgrades on the SE may be a bit over the top for some, but for those who appreciate some semblance of handling and looks, they are appropriate.
The clear LED taillights remind me of a Lexus RX.
The headlights/driving lights are some of the brighest out there.
The removable 8th seat (which stores in a small compartment in the rear) is extremely handy for hauling extra kids when needed.
The dashboard plastic needs better material.
They must be using the same hard grade of plastic as in the Yaris.
C'mon this is a $35k vehicle!
Engine noise while somewhat subdued, the engine note itself is course.
Stepping on the throttle, the engine sounds strained.
Honda definitely has Toyota beat on this.
The engine feels smooth, but the sound doesn't match.
I wish Toyota would offer the factory DVD system on the SE.
We let the dealer install a non OEM unit and it has been replaced twice.
The wireless antenna created interference and Toyota didn't have a suitable hard wire antenna replacement.
Shouldn't have to wait on parts to fix new car issues.
The driver's side door on our new Sienna does not work. We have taken it to the dealer three times. The dealer and the national Toyota repair people do not know how to fix this. Toyota will not provide a loaner.
When we called to request arbitration paperwork, we were told it would take 10-14 business days. I strongly believe this is an unethical business practice. We will continue to seek damages under state law and will never buy a Toyota again.
Tires with no traction in the snow.
Power rear door that does not work and that Toyota can't fix.
Mandatory 24 hour delay in responses from customer service.
Attempt by Toyota to delay arbitration.
Learn to fix your cars before you sell them.
I did not believe the stories about poor Toyota quality, now I do.
I also believe that Toyota is not doing it's best to address the quality issues.