• May 6, 2009
The Toyota Sienna minivan already shares a lot of the Camry's yeoman components, and for 2011 the two vehicles are going to converge even more. A mule's been snapped by The Detroit News' sharpshooters, and it doesn't look too different from the van you can buy in your local Toyota showroom. Don't be deceived, though. Toyota's simmering away on the next Sienna, with plans to move its all-conquering van to the MC platform that Toyota uses for the Camry, Highlander, RAV4, Venza and even the Prius. Platform engineering doesn't have to stink, and it's going to save Toyota money to build so much of its line-up off the same basic list of ingredients. New styling, or at least a revision, should be expected to ride atop the newly appropriated bones when the updated Sienna drops. We're guessing it'll look pretty much like a box with a Toyota-family nose, though the F3R concept has been mentioned as a potential look, so who knows?
[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen conflicting posts that the re-vamp will either occur in 2010 or 2011, I held off on my Sienna purchase partially on seeing if the re-vamp would occur in 2010. Is this confirmation that it won't happen until 2011?

      The Sienna won out for me for sheer convenience factor. With twins on the way in August the availability of a true 8 passengers (the honda's 8th seat is a joke and doesn't even fit one butt-cheek). It provides LATCH in all 3 middle seats allowing me to have 2 car seats side by side with the 3rd seat for pass through to the rear seat or to leave the middle seat open for mom to sit amongst the 2 kids comfortably.

      Though I am dissapointed that the 8 seat option is only available on the lower trim levels I will be adding on the higher trim features I require as aftermarket (except I miss out on AWD).



        • 5 Years Ago
        Production starts in January. So it's 2010.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Correction: The Sienna restyling is for the 2011 model and won't be out until mid to late 2010. The Sienna 2010's are already on some Toyota lots. (They came out in May 09) I know this because we've been test driving them (2009's and 2010's). There is no real discernible difference between the 2009 and 2010. Toyota really screwed up on the AWD for Sienna. AWD on Sienna only comes with RFT's (run-flat tires). Run flats on average last about half the mileage of a regular tire. Here's the reason for run flats on Sienna. Toyota didn't want to compromise space so they store the spare underneath the passenger side sliding door. The AWD mechanism is in that very spot so there's no place for a spare on the AWD Sienna...the reason they are using run flats on the vehicle. (With run flats you don't need a spare) But you will have to replace run flats in some cases 20,000 miles sooner than regular tires. Please Google RFT's on Sienna and read all the consumer problems with them before going with a AWD Sienna. Toyota will tell you they've worked out the kinks with run flats and that they get better mileage now but I did some checking with some tire manufacturers of RFT's. They say this is not true. I'm waiting for the 2011 model hoping Sienna will have resolved the AWD spare tire situation. I want the AWD version but not if it comes with run flats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just don't put the Venza grille on it....UGLY
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be interesting if they went the direction of the F3R, as that would pit it as more a competitor to the Ford Flex, in appearance anyway. I've been seeing a ton of those on the road lately, so perhaps the early slow sales have picked up. It's a cool vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because the Ford Flex is such a success?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad. My wife has an Odyssey Touring now, and we'll trade it on this if it turns out right. Well, and if the 2010 Ody doesn't appeal to either of us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "its all-conquering van" Huh? Unless something has changed that I don't know about, the one and only "all-conquering" minivan is and always has been the Dodge Caravan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If not the Caravan particularly (in terms of sales), then the Chrysler minivans in general -- which are basically twins. I believe the Chrysler has surpassed the Dodge in sales in some months. But, since they're twins, it doesn't really matter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Come on Toyota give us the Estima / Previa, its a van Id be proud to own, the Sienna has never looked good, in fact the present Sienna looks like the ugliest product you make, at the very least give us that Estima front end styling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing needs a lower floor. They use them for taxis sometimes, and the second row is pretty uncomfortable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the original Sienna based off the Avalon, which was a stretched Camry?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Using common/modular platforms for mainstream cars seems like a no-brainer to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The K platform underpins the venza, camry, sienna etc not the MC
      • 5 Years Ago
      And... I still won't want one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Give me a Flex over these piles of hideous garbage any day of the week.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Sea Urchin
      Yeah the Mazda5 has 3 rows but with the 3rd row up there is not enough storage space to go on a road trip. So if you have more than 2 kids, it is not really a viable option, especially if those kids are small and you need to haul strollers and things like that. But i agree the Mazda5 is a great car, especially with the manual. Now if they would only make a MazdaSpeed5 :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        What about a Caravan SRT?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Car and Driver built a Mazdaspeed5, I think it's time Mazda did the same.
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