2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan Review

Posted: Sep 22 2010, 11:50am CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

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Don't laugh, this isn't grandma's minivan

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The 2011 Toyota Sienna I had for the week was a very attractive blue color and had light beige leather interior. Those seats were prone to getting dirty easy so be warned if you opt for light leather. Power for the van comes from a 2.7L VVT-I 4-cylinder engine in base form, but my loaded out version had the 3.5L VVT-I V6 cranking out 266hp and 245 lb-ft of torque. Back years ago when both of my kids were small and in big car seats, my wife talked me into buying a Pontiac Montana minivan. The thing was a boat and had acceleration measured in minutes. Compared to that Montana we used to own the 2011 Toyota Sienna is a rocket ship with the V6 inside.

This thing will get up and move out quick enough that you forget all about the big size and all the room inside. I punched it a few times trying to get out in traffic and laid down a strip of rubber that had my kids looking at me like the police were right behind me. I am very impressed with the power and acceleration this thing musters; it's like the Ferrari of minivans.

I happened to have the 2011 Toyota Sienna at the same time I had another car from Ford in for review. I have mentioned before that I drive a far from stock Mustang GT. Between my personal car and the sporty Ford that was in I figured that the van wouldn’t get much use for the week, and I was so wrong. My kids both forced my wife and I to drive them to and from school in the 2011 Toyota Sienna. Anytime they could go somewhere in the van we did.

The back of the 2011 Toyota Sienna is like a kid's playground. The second row of seats recline and have a footrest that pops out. The TV is a wide screen unit that has great picture quality and impressive resolution. On the sliding rear console, that the second row passengers use is a set of inputs for a second DVD system or a game console and the single wide aspect ratio screen can be split between both sources allowing one kit to watch a movie and the other to play a game. The van also had navigation using the low resolution screen I am used to seeing in Toyota products.

My tester had two sunroofs with a smaller one above the driver and front passenger and a very large one above the second row occupants that offers a panoramic view of the sky. The fold down third row seat is power operated. All you have to do is hit a button and the seats will fold and unfold giving you access to a cavernous storage area that is as large as some trucks. I hauled a full playroom full of old toys my kids don't need to Goodwill in the thing and still had room to spare.

On the road, the 2011 Toyota Sienna drives very smooth and has some wind noise, which is to be expected in a vehicle with such a high profile. It handles surprisingly well for such a large vehicle, though you won't mistake the Sienna for a sports car when the twisties are in front of you. When all was said and done the 2011 Toyota Sienna has been one of the funnest vehicles I have tested. My kids were actually upset when Toyota came and picked the thing up.

If you are like me and have no interest in a minivan, but you have a family and need a lot of room for people and cargo you really owe it to yourself to go and check out the new 2011 Toyota Sienna. This van single handedly opened my eyes up to a category of vehicle I would never have considered before. The Sienna is simply a great vehicle that the whole family can enjoy.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Tech and Car expert Shane McGlaun (Google) reports about what's new in these two sectors. His extensive experience in testing cars, computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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