2012 Toyota Sienna Consumer Review: Sienna 5K

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Sienna 5K
By jbing123 on


2012 Toyota Sienna XLE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


Approaching the first 5000 miles in our 2012 Sienna XLE - very pleased overall with the purchase.
Averaging 20.2 MPG in mixed driving.
Got as good as 23 on a recent road trip - fully loaded.
Family is very pleased with the entertainment system and overall comfort.
Bluetooth and XM/Sirius are fun.
Only issue so far was a screw in one of the tires - no issues with van so far.
Only real disappointment- Toyota autostart was installed at purchase- not so great- system only works if the car is locked and shuts off if you unlock - Autostart on my last vehicle would stay on until you put the key in the ignition which gives flexibility and doesn't require you to restart the car.

Best Features

Most definitely the extra wide video screen. With kids ranging from 2-10, it was great on a recent road trip to play a movie on one side of the screen while our playstation was playing on the other side. Seats are comfortable. Also it was smart design that you can still see out the rear view mirror with the widescreen open - nice touch! Bluetooth for phone and audio is nice and works well once it was set up (set up took a while). Lots of cup holders! Dual glove boxes are very helpful. Seats are comfortable. Engine is powerful and smooth.

Worst Features

More luxurious feel for this price point would be nice - lots of plastic - dash does not hide marks well. Disappointed that the Entertainment package does not get the JBL sound upgrade but the Nav package does - seems backwards - but sound in the van is generally good. Would like to see some items like turn signal indicators in the mirrors and some softer 'pin' lights for seeing at night without turning on the interior lights. Driver leg room could be better. Smaller back up camera screen needs to be higher on the dash. Would like the low tire indicator to say which tire and not make me guess. Rear wiper is nice coming from the top but needs about 3 more inches of travel.
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