2011 Toyota Sienna: So Slightly Boy Racer
December 22, 2010
I'm gonna see Erin's wager, and raise it a couple of nitpicks. So, not only do you have to lean far over to tune the radio, there's also no real feedback from the dial. You more or less twist and hope you land in the ballpark of your desired station. Not a huge deal, but it does pull your eyes from the road to see where you are on the dial.
Climate control: Credit to Toyota for at least doing a different design, offering some visual interest. But not feeling the quasi-Red Wing layout here, nor, again, the extended reach of some of the controls. Granted, the driver won't need much occasion to adjust passenger temp, but even the Sync button is just outta reach from the captain's chair.
And I know this is an SE, and the black nickel-look on the wheels is cool and all. But the carbon-fauxber trim treatment is a little much. That was another era, Toyota. When people still had money, homes and jobs, and historians had not yet weighed in on Vin Diesel's cinematic legacy. Let it go.
And so as to rebuff claims that I'm just a Nitpicky Peter, this van so far rules in the ways that truly count: underhood, underfoot and under traction.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor