• Dec 18, 2009

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Toyota has just released the full spec sheet for their 2011 Sienna minivan. This third-generation people hauler should be in dealerships by February with your choice of five different trim levels, the carryover 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 or a newly available 187 horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder, and front- or all-wheel drive. They ride on an updated version of the current platform but feature extensive reinforcements to increase rigidity and drastically revised suspensions. They also use a new hill-logic-equipped six-speed automatic transmission. While the Sienna hasn't grown externally, there is more space inside and the Sienna has gained about 100 pounds.

The lightest four-cylinder models weigh in at 4,275 lbs., while the V6 adds just 30 pounds to that total. With mileage ratings that are only 1-2 MPG better than the bent six and such a small weight penalty, we question how many people will opt for the four-banger. It will surely come down to pricing (which has not been announced yet). Sienna AWD buyers will pay a 200-pound penalty, but they are the only ones to get third-gen Bridgestone runflats. While no towing figures were released for the 2.7-liter, the 2011 Sienna is rated at 3,500 pounds with the V6.

Toyota has announced that they will be simplifying their vehicle combinations with the Sienna, so there are fewer individual options and more packages. Major options packages include Preferred Packages for LE and SE that add XLE-like features, and Entertainment (16-inch Dual-View rear video screen) and Premium Packages for XLE and Limited that consist of the Entertainment package plus a touch-screen navigation system and a JBL sound system. Navi can be ordered separately on XLE and Limited as well. The slick Lounge Seating equipped Limited can also be ordered with a Convenience Package (HIDs with auto-off and automatic high beams as well as rain sensing wipers) and the Advanced Technology Package, which adds such Lexus-like features as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Pre-Collision System (PCS), Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System (VDIM), and Hill Assist Control (HAC). If you can't wait, you can read all of the stats and features in the lengthy press release after the jump, or you can just wait until around 12pm Eastern time when we publish our first drive. Stay tuned.




[Source: Toyota]
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      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont drive minivans now, but I used to drive one, when kids were small.
      98 Grand Caravan and it was a great van, I put 180 000 miles on that van
      • 5 Years Ago
      We own a 2005 sienna and i have to say it has been the most reliable car ive ever owned. Even after constant kid abuse it can be cleaned up like new. And the practicality it lightyears beyond that of a large SUV. They may be dorky but no more than any car of that size.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know i was expected stuff to be breaking considering how we abuse it. We take road trips in it, remove all seats and use it like a truck, and have 87k miles on it. not a rattle to be heard.

        As for Joe, to me the SUV is like a comb over. Just admit you are at the point in life, and shave your head. That is what the mini-van is. Where the SUV drivers are the ones trying to think they still look cool, just like that comb-over.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm surprised that it's the most reliable vehicle you've ever owned. Not doubting you because it's your experience but minivans usually have very complex systems (think electric sliding/closing doors, multi zone AC, etc) and are subject to a lot of abuse (heavy loads, slow in town driving, multiple entry/exits) so I never expect great reliability with one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Should this be reminding me of the 1980s?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can you get a locker in the awd version? What about approach and departure angles? I'd like to be able to get a 35" tire on it, will they fit, any lift kit options? Have you heard anything about a long travel suspension option, I'd like to do some dune jumping at pismo. Is there aftermarket carbon fiber body panels available? I'd like to get the weight of the awd
      (rock crawler) version back in line with the fwd (pre-runner version).
      • 5 Years Ago
      the weight matters because it affects around town mileage. Those who opt for hte 4cylinder care about mileage. Minivans in terms of where they are driven the most are perfect for hybrid tech. They spend most time in the city. But in terms of their packaging, i dont see how you can hybridize one without sacrificing a good portion of the practicality (like the folding seats)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The sport version should have the shorter axle ratio of the 'awd' version.
      Toyota is just slacking off.

      Is CashCab getting an upgrade?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog seems really excited about this new minivan. Am I missing something?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Considering how many of these Toyota will sell, no.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, you are missing something, not no. (edits please!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      MPG estimates on Siennas seem conservative. We regularly get 23MPG city and 28MPG on the highway on our 2004. That was with the older less powerful and less efficient V6. I'll definitely tradeup when the hybrid model comes out.

      I agree with Otto, our van has over 135K miles and the only problem we had was with a door lock.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While breaking no new ground (wait for the Sienna Hybrid soon - that engine bay is crying for HSD), Toyota remains committed to the segment that many families rely on. Along with Honda, who I think is becoming a lesser player overall with their controversial styling, the Sienna is set to dominate the minivan market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It looks ugly. Not much different from the current one.
        It looks just like refresh of the old one
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe since model year 2008 the Honda Odyessy has been the selling minivan - three years into its latest model (but the first year of a small restyle). Styling seems to be affecting sales in a positive way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, the Dodge Caravan has been the number one seller for years upon years, and it skyrockets above if you combine the Chrysler Town and Country platform mate. It could change for 2009, but it hasn't in 2008 and earlier.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *Best* selling Minivan
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree that minivans are better choice than large SUV's for most families.
      But I think that Sienna is ugliest of the all
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ugliest? really? Uglier than a Pontiac Trans Sport? or a late 90s Caravan?
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