• Dec 2, 2009

2011 Toyota Sienna live in LA - Click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota finally took the wraps off their new 2011 Sienna minivan and we have to say, it looks pretty good in person. Although Toyota sent out some teaser shots this morning, we just got back from the official unveiling at the LA Auto Show and have a whole batch of live shots and quite a few more media pics for you to browse. We were quite shocked by the size of the crowd at this press conference, perhaps showing that even though the minivan market may be shrinking, it still meets a sizable need.

We were also a bit surprised to run into Ford's J. Mays and Mark Fields, and they reminded us that you have to stay abreast of the competition lest you die. They would neither confirm nor deny the return of the Aerostar. Besides the top-level Limited model on stage, Toyota also showed off a pre-production SE, which sits a little lower on a stiffened suspension and 19-inch alloys. It also sports a body kit, a revised grille and carbon fiber in place of wood inside.

Also make sure you check out the 2011 Sienna's trick 16-inch LCD monitor for rear seat passengers and the reclining seats with extendable footrests, two features we've never seen in this segment before.




Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      R.I.P., Chrysler minivans. You're TOAST, and so is the Ford Flex and Chevy Traverse, and even the Buick Traverse and Lincoln Flex (given that the Sienna Limited is more high end than those supposed "luxury" vehicles from Detroit).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, Toyota's La-Z-Boy captain chairs will probably be an expensive option, whereas stow_N_go is standard on every model, except the base.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know about that. I'm still waiting for the specifications about the 2nd row. At moment, all they appear to have a 2 bucket seats that have to be removed out of the car to make space for larger items beyond the 3rd row.

        Although Chrysler's minivan's are certainly boxy looking, they at the moment still are more practical than either the Honda or the new Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this. I will be looking at this when my Yukon Denali lease is up in 8 months. As a guy who is considered strange by his friends for my love of Wagons and Mini Vans this could be the van that finally pulls me away from my SUV. Unless of course BMW offers a 335 Wagon finally...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rock Star? Huh? Anyways, other than the SE, this is a bloated Highlander yawnmobile. The SE though, in a darker color, hides the bore and bigger wheels give it a nice stance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dang- a whole ground up remodel and NO stow-n-go competition? Duh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rock Star??????????
        • 5 Years Ago
        There can be large crowds of people around lots of different things.

        Rubberneckers around accidents, for instance.

        does that mean that a car wreck is a rock concert?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you read the article it's a rock star because it was popular at the unveiling.

        "We were quite shocked by the size of the crowd at this press conference"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly my sentiments.

        How can a "rock-star" make me sleepy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was a little shocked and stunned when I saw the mesh grill on the SE. But looking at the live shots, it's growing on me.

      This thing could actually be, dare I say, Cool. For a minivan anyway.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally agree.


        Its not bland or bad looking! It has a very nice design and it stand out...looks 100x better then every other mini van in its class.

        • 5 Years Ago
        wtb MINIvan
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a

      nice

      big

      juicy

      van.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In a few years, I'm going to be in the market for a minivan. I can't deny their practicality. But I'm still uncertain about these Limited and SE models that Toyota released. I'd like to see the mid-level and base vehicles and their specifications. One thing that does bother me is that Toyota has yet to make their own 2nd row Stow-n-Go ala Chrysler magic wagons. If I need to haul something in the car, say a table on the left side of the car (behind the driver), it would be nice to keep the right 2nd and 3rd row buckets up so that I can still have 2-additional passengers with me. In the new Sienna, they appear to be oriented more for luxury transport of adults, not kids and their stuff.

      I will admit that the 2nd row Stow-n-Go buckets are exactly the most comfortable seats, but I'm not going to purchase a Limited version of the Sienna so that when my son is 10-years old, he will be nice and comfy with the seats up.

      Besides the 2nd row, I like the new Sienna and hope that they retain the "touch" navigation screen instead of the mouse/joystick of the new generation of Lexus vehicles. I've driven the HS250h and was disappointed with the interface and prefer the quick "touch" capability of my IS350.

      Let's see what the next Honda's Odyssey has up it's sleeve, as it's almost ready for a redesign (I believe for 2011?). The same for Kia's aging Sedona...
        • 5 Years Ago
        BTW... I do want to point out that it was a bad move for both Ford and GM to move out of the minivan market. As nice as their CUV's are (Flex and Traverse), they are not the practical vehicles that parents with young kids want.

        I also forgot about Nissan... with their jelly-bean quest that completely fell off my radar. Maybe their next-gen will look more like a minivan?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I find it disturbing that I love the looks of the new Sienna MINIVAN (especially the SE), but hate the new 4Runner. I have always been an off-road truck/suv kind of guy and love older 4Runners, but hate the new 2010 redesign. Toyota clearly did not cut any corners or cheapen the new Sienna at all by looking at the design, features and materials. So why Toyota did you do a half-a** redesign for the new 4Runner? This Sienna has LED taillights, HID headlights, leather on the steering wheel and doesn't have a cheap poll/mast antenna...to name only a few. I think the same love/attention to detail that clearly went into the new Sienna should have been put forth into the recently introduced fifth gen. 4Runner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rock star? Are you sure? That's more like a trash star, this car is hideous compared to the old version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it. I like the SE also, but would actually be more interested in all the SE suspension changes without the body kit.
      Will you be able to get an XLE with the ten-speaker stereo WITHOUT the video junk? Don't need it, don't want it, and blu-ray won't play on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait, Ford might be reviving the Aerostar name? I've only seen the Transit Connect, but why don't they use that as a minivan, then extend the wheelbase and let it replace the econoline? (or replace it with whatever Euro-Ford competes with the Dodge Sprinter)
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