2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Moving (On Many Levels)
June 27, 2011
If there's one thing I hate more than math, it's moving. I despise relocating, truly, I do. For that reason, I've only moved twice in my life (rent control, FTW). My girlfriend, however, seems to make a sport out of moving, as she's changed addresses three times in three years. Like Kelly, James and Dan, I benefitted from having two minivans in our long-term lot. I managed to snag the keys to the Sienna for the move and I came away impressed, on many levels.
The Sienna can hold a lot of stuff. Duh, thanks for that breaking news, Captain Obvious. But I was still quite impressed, since we made the move in only three trips (and the last one was barely loaded). But what I really enjoyed was the amount of power our Sienna has. It pulls away from a stoplight with plenty of oomph, and doesn't sound half bad doing it. Handling and maneuverability also receive high marks, especially when dashing for, then having to parallel park in whatever opened on the street.
I've been recommending the Odyssey as the minivan of choice for quite some time, but now, I think I'll be telling people to look at the Sienna, too. Now if only it could do burnouts.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor