2012 Toyota Sienna

It is a minivan that meets a diversity of needs in terms of features and power, it cannot be considered just a flexible big box in a parking lot.

You may not find people noticing this vehicle for its look alone since it is more dynamic looking than other minivans.

It chiefly focuses on traveler’s comfort rather than any trendy gadgets. The 2012 Sienna is not roly-poly like other minivans. You can turn a corner easily without having the fear of rolling over. It features responsive steering as well as excellent braking system for safe driving.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Minivan Base Price: $25,060.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons (75.7 liters) MPG: 19 city / 24 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 200.2 in. (508.5 cm) Wheel Base: 119.3 in. (303 cm)
Height: 69.5 in. (176.5 cm) Width: 78.1 in. (198.3 cm)
Curb Weight: 4275 lbs (1939 kg) Ground Clearance: 6.7 in. (17 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 39.1 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder DOHC dual VVT-i Displacement: 2.7 Liter
Horsepower: 187 HP Max RPM: 5800 RPM
Torque: 186 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed ECTi Automatic
Available Trims & Engine
Option:LE 3.5L V6 FWD 8 passenger MSRP: $29,700; MPG: 18 city / 25 hwy
Option:XLE 3.5L V6 FWD, 8 passenger MSRP: $33,205; MPG: 18 city / 25 hwy
Option:SE 3.5L V6 FWD 8 passenger MSRP: $33,440; MPG: 18 city / 25 hwy
Option:Limited 3.5L V6 AWD MSRP: $40,570; MPG: 17 city / 23 hwy

Trims

The Toyota Sienna has 5 models that include the base model 4 cylinder LE, LE V6, SE and the XLE.

Performance

The base model features dual sliding down doors on each side with power windows, 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, telescope steering, and stereo system with four speakers with an audio jack, and a triple zone A/C.

The 2.7 liter engine produces a torque of 186 pound feet. The expected mileage of base model Toyota Sienna is 19 mpg on city drive and 26mpg during highway drive. Its main safety features include wind shield de-icer, stability control, traction control, Anti-braking systems, front and side air bags, full length curtain air bags as well as driver knee air bags.

Added Features

The LE 4 cylinder contains additional features such as heated side mirrors, a 3.5 inch monitor, steering audio controls, and privacy glass. It has the same safety features as that of the base model.

The LE V6 has more features than LE 4 cylinder. Some of its main features include auto dimming rear view mirror, power sliding doors, third row sun shades, and stereo system with six speakers, USB port, satellite radio system, and i-pad jack.

MPG

The mileage for this model is rated at 18 mpg during city drive and 24 mpg during highway drive. Most of the safety gadgets featured in this model is standard.

More

The Toyota Sienna SE is a sporty type minivan which adds more aggressive designs and includes features such as leather wrapped steering wheel, lower body skirting, fog lights, 19 inch alloy wheels head lights as well as tail lights. It also includes a base model stereo system with 6 speakers. The safety features are similar to that of LE V6.

In Toyota Sienna XLE unlike the other model, you will able to find a wide range of features such as sunroof, power lift gate, tow prep package, triple zone climate control, wood grain trim, leather interior, power driver's seat and heated front seats to relieve back pain due to long drives.

The AWD version of Toyota Sienna features second row lounge seats along with foot rests. In this, model the front and rear park assist is an optional. The safety features of this model are standard and the engine specifications are similar to the other models. There are even limited models for Toyota Sienna. It features dual sunroofs, power folding side mirrors, two tone interior leather, 18 inch alloy wheels, satin chrome grille, JBL surround system with speakers.

Competition

The Honda Odyssey (MSRP $29,205; 19 city / 24 hwy) has a slight advantage when it comes to fuel efficiency against the Sienna; Kia Sedona (MSRP $25,700; 18 city / 25 hwy) and Dodge Grand Caravan (MSRP $21,930; 17 city / 25 hwy) are perhaps the closest to the Sienna.

Overall Rating
78 out of 100

What others say:

“The Toyota Sienna is a popular, family-oriented minivan model. The U.S.-made Sienna has V-6 power and available all-wheel drive and is an alternative to a wide range of minivan models including the Honda Odyssey, Dodge Caravan, and Kia Sedona.”Car Connection

“Handling is pleasant and competent for a minivan, with moderate cornering lean. Steering is accurate and communicative, though some drivers might find it a tad over-assisted. Tire grip seems only adequate. SE's sport suspension delivers a slightly more athletic, connected-to-the-road feel. The turning radius is tight, but parking ease is hampered by Sienna's overall length. AWD is an all-weather plus.”Consumer Guide

“The Sienna is a sensible choice, but in some ways it isn't as nice as the last generation. It rides very comfortably, but handling is lackluster.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“Roomy, comfortable, well-built and offered in several different flavors, the 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan is an excellent choice for larger families.”Edmunds

“Toyota can't claim to have invented the minivan – we have Chrysler to thank for that – but they certainly have improved on the formula. The 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan is a pretty big people-mover filled with cool and innovative features.”KBB