2011 Toyota Sienna
The all-new 2011 Toyota Sienna looks to build on the success of its predecessor by improving in areas that needed it while keeping much of the same formula that has made the Toyota Sienna a mainstay at the top of the Canadian minivan segment.
While the 2011 Sienna is a new design, nobody could describe it as a massive departure from previous generations. However, if there was one consistent complaint lobbied at the Sienna previously, it was its all too plain jane looks. Not an ugly duckling so much as it was too non-descript, too boring. With the 2011 Sienna, Toyota really seems to have taken those criticisms to heart. The front-end now features a more aggressive looking nose, and the overall lines of the vehicle have a bit more flow and edginess. These design tweaks are exactly what it needed, and it does enough to make it feel more hip and distinctive.
The interior of the 2011 Toyota Sienna has a more refined upscale look. Toyota has upped the quality of the plastics and added some really nice functional touches. For example, in the Limited trim package the second-row captain’s chairs feature a manually adjustable recliner function with la-z-boy style footrests. Add in an optional rear entertainment system with a 16.4-inch screen that displays two separate video sources and you will be forgiven if you feel like you are in a luxurious living room and not in a moving vehicle, but that’s the point. Storage space is abundant with enough cup holders for a baseball team, and no shortage of aptly placed storage containers.
2011 Toyota Sienna comes in five trim levels – Base, LE, SE, XLE, Limited. The Base and LE versions have a 187-horsepower, 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine with 186 lb-ft of torque. This base engine is powerful enough to not make it feel underpowered, but if you are hauling a full load on a regular basis you may want to consider moving up trim levels or just opting for the larger engine. The SE, XLE and Limited trims come standard with a much throatier 3.5-liter V6 with 266-horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque that features an all-new six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota Sienna is still the only minivan to offer an optional all-wheel drive (AWD), which may not be necessary for most but a welcome option for those living in a part of Canada with particularly harsh winters or more rugged terrain.
The 2011 Toyota Sienna is poised to continue being a hot seller in the minivan segment despite increased competition from a formidable all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey. The 2011 Sienna recently won the ‘AJAC Best New Minivan’ in the 2011 Canadian Car of the Year Awards, and we can understand why. While the Sienna may not be the sexiest vehicle on the block, its balance of good form, improved drive dynamics and incredible versatility and functionality should put it firmly on the shortlist for anyone considering a minivan.
2011 Toyota Sienna has a base MSRP of $27,900.