Eight Passengers in a Pinch - 2011 Toyota Sienna SE Long-Term Road Test

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Eight Passengers in a Pinch

January 31, 2011

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I went to Vegas over the weekend with 6 other people, and our long-term 2011 Toyota Sienna SE can be configured to seat either 7 or 8 passengers. The Sienna has a clever 8th seat that fits between the 2nd row Captain's chairs, and when removed stores conveniently in the cargo area.

Instructions printed on the removable seat make installation pretty easy: just unfold and snap in the bottom and the seatback (you also have to pull 2 small straps.)

I didn't have a scale handy, but would estimate that 8th seat weighs about 15~20 lb.

You can see...

You can see that the 8th seat bottom doesn't match perfectly with the 2nd row seats due to their slight bolstering. So that center position isn't very comfortable. We left that seat out for our Vegas trip and sat three in the back, instead of 3 in the 2nd row. Everybody back there was OK.

The 2nd row Captain's chairs, however, were road trip bliss.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 6,200 miles

2011 Toyota Sienna SE 2nd row console.jpg

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2011 Toyota Sienna SE 8th seat instructions.jpg

2011 Toyota Sienna 8th seat stored.jpg

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