2000 Sienna New Car Test Drive
Toyota's Sienna offers strong power, a silky smooth transmission, and a nice ride quality. Comfortable and practical, the Sienna has been called the Toyota Camry of minivans. That's not surprising because the Toyota Sienna shares the popular Camry's chassis and smooth V6 engine. The Sienna is available with all the best features available in the minivan market: a power sliding door, modular seats, V6 engine, car-like ride and handling. Its just-right size fits in between the Chrysler Town & Country and Voyager. And the Sienna is a top performer in terms of crashworthiness.
Three trim levels are available: CE, LE and XLE. Retail prices: CE 4-Door ($21,968); CE 5-Door ($22,858); LE ($24,898); XLE ($26,934). All Siennas use Toyota's V6 to power the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. All are the same length. An optional power sliding door on the right is available for LE and XLE models ($395).
Of the three trim levels, the CE is basic: Air conditioning, cruise control, cassette player, and power windows, locks and mirrors are all optional. The CE is available as a four-door model - there's just one sliding door, on the right side. (The rear hatch counts as a door.)
Mid-line LE comes with all the popular features. It comes standard with dual-temperature air conditioning with separate controls for the rear, power windows, locks and mirrors, cruise control, privacy glass and better quality cloth. It also offers most of the available options, including the captain's chairs, six-speaker audio system and power sliding door.
XLE adds body-colored trim, remote keyless entry, heated mirrors, upgraded stereo, anti-theft alarm, multi-adjustable driver's seat, second-row captain's chairs, wider tires, alloy wheels and a roof rack. The XLE Upgrade Package #1 ($1,610) provides leather trim and a premium six-speaker audio system with radio, cassette and CD changer. Also available for Sienna is a huge power moonroof and a towing package.