2011 Toyota Sienna SE: It's Huge!
April 28, 2011
The alley behind my house, which leads to my garage, is decorated with slashes, gouges and torn paint remnants from delivery vehicles. As I lumbered down the alley in the 2011 Toyota Sienna SE, I was afraid I was going to make a new contribution to this gallery of woe. The rearview mirrors cleared by inches. Once I was safely in the parking area (forget about putting this baby in the garage) I saw that our new Sienna has an assortment of damage including a door ding, curb rash and the right front fender has been flexed so that the gaps are now uneven. All because this is bigger than expected and harder to safely pilot.
I thought it was only my impressions until my son came along for a ride and, without prompting, commented: "This is like being in the cockpit of an A380." I asked him what that was and he said, "They slapped a pair of wings on a hotel and called it a jet." I feel a little like that in this not-so-minivan. I float around inside it without much feeling of belonging. Of course, if you lug around a lot of stuff, and people, this is just the ticket. But before you buy it, ask the dealer for an extended test drive, take it home and make sure it fits in your garage. It didn't in mine.
Philip Reed, Edmunds senior consumer advice editor @10,843 miles