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Why I bought a 2012 Toyota Sienna
By vanperson on
Vehicle2012 Toyota Sienna SE 8-Passenger 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
ReviewI have driven vans since 1976, starting with a Ford Econoline 150 followed by a string of 5 Chrysler minivans. In 2006, I purchased an new Oddesey EX-L . It was by far the best minivan I had ever owned. After posting nearly 90,000 mi of mostly trouble-free driving, some periodic transmission slippage prompted me to go shopping. I loved the Oddesey styling except its face that resembled a 2001 Oddesey. I also liked the style of Siennas.
In short, Honda wouldn't deal and Toyota was eager. Still leary of the Sienna, I took a long test drive in both an XLE and a SE.
The SE drove much like the Honda. The dealer added a light grey leather interior, awesome! Happy at 20K miles and 0% financing.
Best FeaturesLess road noise than Honda. Solid feeling brakes that don't fade like my 2006 Honda. Seat belts that retract without encouragement. Color coordinated outside rearview mirrors and spoiler, not basic black like 2012 Honda. Rear window wiper hidden under spoiler. Rear sliding door track just below rear side window so it is invisible. Dual glove compartments. Great radio and sound system. Comfortable front seats with great lumbar support. 2nd row seats that slide forward for easy rear access and mucho leg room when back. The SE is fun to drive just like Oddy. User friendly A/C and speed controls. Storage compartment for extra second row middle seat. A vastly improved exterior styling from 2010
Worst FeaturesOffer factory leather interior on SE. Get rid of outside radio antenna and put in window or with XM receiver like Lexus SUV. Bigger or adjustable cup holders for driver to accommodate a mug. Bigger screen for back-up camera. Softer plastics on dash. SE steering and suspension for all Siennas. Hooks on front of center counsel to attach a liter bag.
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