2004 Sienna New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Sienna is all new for 2004. Bigger and better than last year's model, it's the first in a parade of redesigned minivans and may be the new class leader. What makes the new Sienna impressive is not ground-breaking features. (Of course, it has power sliding doors, a power tailgate, and a rear-view camera.) What makes the new Sienna impressive is that it does everything well.
For starters, the new Sienna is big and roomy. It's considerably larger than last year's model, and about $1,000 cheaper. It offers more cargo space than the full-size Sequoia sport-utility yet retails for $10,000 less.
Sienna's interior is comfortable and comes packed with features that make life easier and more convenient. On the road, it offers a smooth ride, responsive handling, and brisk acceleration performance. Its V6 engine has been bored out for more power and now produces 230 horsepower, while a new five-speed automatic improves response and fuel economy. All this adds up to a compelling people mover.
Toyota Sienna comes in four trim levels: CE, LE, XLE, and XLE Limited. All come with the new V6 engine and the new five-speed automatic transmission. All are equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, which help the driver stop quickly and maintain control. Seven- and eight-passenger configurations are available and there's a choice of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
All models, starting with the base CE ($22,955), come standard with a 60/40 Split & Stow third-row bench seat, power windows, door locks and mirrors, sliding doors on both sides with power windows, keyless entry, AM/FM/cassette/CD with six speakers, dual (front and rear) air conditioning with rotary dial controls, 16-inch steel wheels with 215/65R16 all-season tires, dual front captains chairs, folding tray table between the front seats, tilt/telescopic steering column, black lacquered interior trim, tire pressure warning system, variable intermittent front and rear windshield wipers, 10 cup holders and four bottle holders, three 12V power outlets and a heavy-duty rear window defogger with timer.
The most popular model is the Sienna LE ($24,260), which comes with nicer cloth fabric, upgraded trim and a host of convenience features: engine immobilizer, heated power mirrors, a roof rack, privacy glass, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, driver's side power window with auto up/down and pinch protection, driver's seat manual-adjustable lumbar support, illuminated vanity mirrors, color-keyed license plate garnish, and a fold-flat front passenger seat. Also available is an eight-passenger LE ($24,410) and an all-wheel-drive LE ($27,875).
Sienna XLE ($28,260) is more luxurious, with upgraded fabric, power dual sliding doors and a power open/close back door, tri-zone (driver, front passenger and rear) HVAC with air filter, 16-inch alloy wheels with 215/65R16 tires, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, rear seat audio controls with wireless headphone capability, JBL Synthesis 360 watt AM/FM/cassette/CD with 10 speakers, overhead console with trip computer, outside temperature display, HomeLink universal transceiver garage door opener, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, wood-grain trim, chrome door handles, color-keyed heated power mirrors, auto on/off headlights, fog lamps, an anti-theft alarm, and a removable center console. XLE is also available with all-wheel drive ($31,465).
The top-of-the-line XLE Limited ($34,480) adds leather-trimmed seats, driver and front passenger side airbags, curtain airbags for all three rows, 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/60R17 all-season tires, VSC with TRAC and brake assist, rear disc brakes, front and rear parking sonar, wood grain/leather steering wheel with audio controls, JBL Synthesis AM/FM/cassette/CD changer with 10 speakers, dynamic Laser Cruise Control, high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, driver and front passenger heated seats (adjustable temperature), chrome accents on bodyside molding, grille and rear license plate garnish, daytime running lights, windshield wiper de-icer grid and an auto-dimming electrochromic driver's side mirror and inside rear view mirror, second- and third- row sunshades. The all-wheel-drive XLE has a base MSRP of $36,930.
Numerous option packages are available for all grades.
Safety features: A new LATCH system (Lower Anchor with Tether for Children) is used in all second-row seating positions to accommodate new-design child seats. Front side and side curtain SRS airbags covering all three seat rows are standard on the XLE Limited, optional on all other grades. Additional standard safety features include: three-point seatbelts in all seats; driver and front passenger frontal airbags; adjustable seatbelt anchors for front- and second-row seats; driver and front passenger pretensioners, force limiters, and ELR with height adjustable anchors; ALR/ELR on all second- and third-row seats, heigh.