2003 Sienna New Car Test Drive
Now in its fifth year, Toyota's Sienna makes a good argument against buying a sport-utility vehicle.
It delivers an excellent ride, and comes with a smooth and powerful V6 engine and smooth-shifting automatic. It's roomy and comfortable in all seating positions, with enough space for a family with several children. Step-in height is much lower than that of an SUV, so you don't feel like you need a ladder to get in and out of it. Okay, so it's a minivan, but It looks sort of like an SUV from the rear.
The Sienna also comes with Toyota's reputation for quality, durability and reliability.
Three trim levels are available: CE ($23,905), LE ($25,755), XLE ($28,012).
All use Toyota's V6 engine to power the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. All are the same length, and all come with dual sliding rear doors. Power rear doors are optional, however. If you want the right-side door to open under its own power, you'll pay an extra $395. Dual sliding doors are a $795 option.
Of the three trim levels, the CE is basic: Cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors are all optional.
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 with eight JBL speakers, anti-theft alarm, multi-adjustable power seats, second-row captain's chairs, wider tires, alloy wheels and a roof rack. The XLE Upgrade Package #1 ($1,690) provides leather trim, second-row captains chairs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-way power driver's seat and a premium audio system with radio, cassette, and CD changer and eight JBL speakers. Also available for Sienna is a huge power moonroof and a towing package.
Also optional is a Video Entertainment System ($1,795) that features a flip-down TV screen, VCR, and AV outlets for video game systems.
New for 2002 is a Symphony special edition package ($1,077) for LE models that includes keyless entry, a roof rack, cloth seats with a new gray or oak-colored fabric, captains chairs for the first two rows (with six-way power for the driver's seat), 215/65-aspect tires on 6.5-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, color-keyed heated power side mirrors, an overhead console with HomeLink, painted bumpers and cladding and Symphony badging, floor and cargo mats.
Also new for 2002: the Extra Value Package for the CE version now includes a roof rack and keyless entry as well as power windows/locks and mirrors, cruise control, swing-out quarter windows, privacy glass, carpeted floor and cargo mats and 205/70-aspect tires on 15-inch wheels. The package is $757, the same price as last year when it didn't include the roof rack and keyless entry.