I especially like the crash avoidance for the front. I put a piece of plywood up on the Driveway and drove toward it. The car braked and stopped just like it was supposed to. This is one feature I was really looking for as I approach old age.
This is a great car and I was ready to buy a Red SE -- until I found out that the Red exterior color in the SE only came with a black interior. Now I'm not buying this year; hope Toyota provides a tan or light gray option with Red SE next year.
Prior to owning a Toyota sienna I owned a Honda Odyssey for 11 years. There was always one thing that bugged me about my 2005 Odyssey. There was a whistling noise that came through the front defroster vents when driving at high speeds. I learned to live with it. Other than that the car was fantastic. I am now the owner of a 2016 Toyota Sienna XLE 8 passenger. The car has been great. I like the look of the vehicle and it is comfortable and handles well. I did notice one thing on this car that bugs me and I guess I'm going to have to live with it. Every time I go over a bump there is a squeaking noise that comes from the rear drivers side seat. I assume it happens because the 8th seat is not connected although I haven't checked that out yet. 99 percent of the time I will not be using the extra seat. To be honest both the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are about the same. The reason I went with the Toyota Sienna was the outside appearance of the car and the interior layout. Plus I think the idea of putting a vacuum it the Odyssey was a stupid idea. Waste of space. In the Sienna you can store the extra seat in that space so you don't have to bring it in and out of the car when you want to use it.
Update to Review: This weekend I put the 8th seat (jump seat) in the car. Squeaking stopped. I'm not that happy that I'll have to listen to all that squeaking since I usually do not leave the extra seat in place. Anybody else have the same issue?
I'd owned an Odyssey (with the repeated brake issues) and a Pilot, but after doing a significant amount of research, decided to go with the 2016 Sienna. Nothing beats a minivan for hauling kids, dogs and everybody's associated stuff (kids and crap). Drives well, great visibility, decent acceleration, seats are comfortable, but...there's this nagging squeak from the seat behind the driver's seat. Oh my goodness, it is making me crazy. I've had the dealer check it out (of course it's "Ma'am, we couldn't duplicate it"; put the jump seat in its spot, moved the seat back and forth, adjusted it, fastened all the seat belts, removed every single piece of anything floating around the inside and, no change. I will bring it up again at the 10k maintenance visit, but I'm pretty confident I'll get the same response as the first. I know there was a problem with the 2010/11 in the third row, but everything I'd read had stated it was resolved. And, here I am. It's enough to make me want to get rid of it. Maybe I am being a princess, but I would expect that at 36k plus, that there would not be these types of issues. Wish me luck. Peace, out.
Our buying decision was largely based on the availability of AWD. Toyota is the only mini-van available with AWD. That fact aside, we've been pleased with the vehicle so far. The ride is "comfy firm" but not harsh. The noise level is quite good, even with 55 series tires. The driveability around town is nice, and it drives better than I expected on the twisty roads. Visibility is quite good. The seats are comfortable, but we haven't driven any 12 hour days yet. The interior layout in the front is good and driver ergonomics are convenient and pleasant. Second row seats are as good as the front and the fore/aft adjustment adds to the versatility when hauling a variety of people and cargo. Blind spot monitoring is a new and helpful feature for me. The navigation and bluetooth functions work well, and the voice controls worked without an extensive training procedure. The price seemed high for the level of technology included. There's no type of lane departure or radar assisted braking offered with going to a premium or signature version. Parker Toyota was excellent to deal with.