What happens when a car’s population diminishes? It becomes very special. Take for instance the minivan 2011 Toyota Sienna, which has been receiving rave reviews from car publications around the world.
Many people believe that minivans are passé, given the booming market of SUVs. This is why car owners who want to defy the trend and get the alternative end up with minivans like the Sienna. While other car manufacturers abandon their minivan lines to concentrate on the SUVs, Toyota chose not ignore improving their Sienna line and even came up with a funkier edition in 2011.
New & Improved
The immediate praises for the Sienna is its new body styling. By changing a bit of the Sienna’s contours and details, the minivan does not become just another typical Toyota car on the road. Car enthusiasts who are aware of brands and styles will definitely get intrigued and surprised the first time they set their eyes on the new minivan. Toyota made five trims for the 2011 Sienna. There’s the regular base LE edition which has a 4-cylinder engine, the SE or sporty trim which boasts of edgy features, and the luxurious and priciest Limited edition trim.
If the Sienna’s exterior is described as brilliant, the interior is outstanding. The minivan boasts of classy seats with recliners in the second row, a spacious and comfortable room space, a super high-tech dashboard, and a load of entertainment features. Buyers are given an option to put a 14-inch DVD LCD for the amusement of family travel.
In terms of performance, the 2011 Sienna is given a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine on the base trim, but car owners are given the option to prioritize speed over fuel economy through the 3.5-liter V6 option. In Sienna, luxury is in the eye of the buyer. The base trim boasts of one of the most affordable price tags in the market, but the other trims can upgrade the level of sophistication and quality of features which can compete with known luxury vans.
The Sienna has many competitors, but with its performance and convenience, the Sienna still wins in the aspect of reliability, quality, and safety, given Toyota’s track record.
Speaking of safety, the 2011 Sienna still has to undergo official crash tests, but the results of these will definitely not be surprising anymore as Toyota loaded the minivan with numerous anti-collision and protective features. It is loaded with premium front, side, and side curtain air bags, plus a suite of sensors and other mechanisms to ensure the safety of passengers.
Overall, the 2011 Toyota Sienna is best for car owners who want to stay traditional and avoid the hype of family SUVs. This minivan embraces a sleeker and edgier body design, making people aware that the death of this type of vehicle is just a hyped-up myth. Interior-wise, Toyota makes sure that the Sienna is the best alternative to an SUV through an inviting cabin that boasts of comfortable seats and high-tech entertainment perks.
Car owners have the liberty to choose the luxury they want through the Sienna’s five trims and many upgrade options. The base model is made affordable while the other trims are offered for more discriminating car enthusiasts. Most importantly, Toyota gave the Sienna a better and sturdier driving performance to prove the undying evolution of the humble minivan.
The SuperCars Overall Rating = 75 /100
What others say:
"The Sienna's 2011 redesign breaks no new ground and in some ways is not as nice as the van it replaces.”Consumer Reports
"The 2011 Toyota Sienna adds room and adult-duty second-row seats, but leaves ultimate flexibility and entertainment to the competition.”The Car Connection
"The new-for-2011 Sienna minivan offers an improved exterior design, better driving dynamics, a more accommodating interior and features that take it up several notches in the hotly competitive minivan category.”KBB
"Roomy, comfortable, well-built and offered in several different flavors, the 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan is an excellent choice for larger families.”Edmunds
|Vehicle Type: Minvan||Base Price: $ 25,060.00|
|Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons||Miles Per Gallon: 19 city / 24 hwy|
|Length: 200 in. (508 cm)||Width: 78.1 in. (198 cm)|
|Height: 69.5 in. (177 cm)||Weight: 4275 lb (1939 kg)|
|Wheel Base: 119.3 in. (303 cm)||Ground Clearance: 6.7 in. (17 cm) (unladen)|
|Luggage Capacity: Cargo Vol. 150 cu ft||Maximum Seating: 7|
|Engine: 2.7 DOHC 16 Valve dual VVT-i-4 cylinder||Displacement: N/A|
|Horsepower: 187 hp||Torque: 186 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm|
|Max RPM: 5800 rpm||Transmission: 6-speed EC automatic overdrive Transmission|
|0-60 mph: 9.0 seconds||1/4 Mile: N/A|
|Option:Sienna LE||MSRP: $26,145; MPG: 19 city / 24 hwy|
|Option:Sienna SE||MSRP: $31,350; MPG: 18 city / 24 hwy|
|Option:Sienna Limited||MSRP: $39,300; MPG: 18 city / 24 hwy|
|Option:Sienna XLE||MSRP: $40,245; MPG: 18 city / 24 hwy|