Toyota Sienna was first launched in 1998 after the Toyota has decided to discontinue the manufacturing of its original, much-criticized minivan, Toyota Previa. Proofing a much bigger success than Previa, Sienna undergone a major re-design resulting in an improved second generation with innovative features such as the parental kid-view mirror, a fold-flat 60/40 third-row seating allowing more capacity than the standard seven passenger seats, navigation system, etc. Available in four models, the standard CE, LE, XLE and a more luxurious, leather-trimmed XLE Limited. Front-wheel drive is standard with the option of 4WD available in all models except CE.
Powered by Toyota’s DOHC 3.3 liter V6 features a two-stage variable-valve setup (VVT-i or Variable-Vale Timing with Intelligence) making 215-horsepower and good torque at both low rpm and high rpm while improving the gas mileage by about 3mpg over the first generation. The smooth-shifting five speed automatic transmission also adding to the good gas efficiency, achieving 19mpg in the city and 27mpg on highway.
The Toyota Sienna may not look all that sophisticated but the interior is one of its strongest points. It is not just roomy and plush-looking but this vehicle is equipped to be the most functional. The touch screen navigation system not only makes finding addresses and such easier but can also turn into the DVD screen adding to the roof-mouthed screen. You also have an option of adding the rear-view camera to the DVD system which is not only just useful for parking but it will also allow you to see if there is any little being behind you as you back up, a potentially life-saving feature. This alone can easily make the Sienna a great choice for minivan because people buy a minivan for safety and utility reason not for the speed and look.
In conclusion, the Toyota Sienna is among the best minivans available. This is a not-quite-mini van with spacious and comfortable interior. Equipped with the great safety features. Backed by Toyota’s great reputation for quality, reliability and durability. What more could you ask for in a van?