Toyota 2011 Sienna gets wraps off at LA show, buy one by February

December 2, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran


Toyota has taken yet another step toward making the minivan market smile. Unveiling the new versions of its Sienna minivan at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Japanese car giant seems to have some ambitious plans in the short term with the new Sienna versions. The 2011 Sienna, by first look, seems to be a potential fighter.

Rolling out the Sienna in as many as five variations, Toyota is obviously in a bid to overtake the minivans of other makers in Sienna’s class. Who doesn’t know the Sienna has been lagging behind the top-selling Honda Odyssey, Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country.  With the new five versions, that include a sporty SE and a high-end Limited edition, the Siennas will come powered by two engine types — one a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine and the other a 3.5-liter, 266-horsepower V6 engine.

Toyota has brought in the 2011Sienna as a third-generation model with a new design and features that could help it rule the minivan mart. Attractive features include the dual-power sliding doors, a rearview camera monitor and a 16.4-inch flat-screen television that flips open from the ceiling. You will also have the option to watch your favorite movie on a full screen or on a split-screen which allows you to watch your movie and also play your favorite video game too at the same time.

The 2011 Sienna can seat up to 8 people. This is a plus considering that the most of the makers forget seating capacity while designing good looking vans. Wider doors make the Sienna more luring and you will also be able to shift the second-row seats forward behind the front seats. If you have some additional cargo, you can even stow the third-row seats flat to create more space.  Equipped with cruise control, three-zone air conditioning, a power driver’s seat, and remote keyless entry, the Siennas will also include standard safety gizmos like ABS, stability control, and traction control.

Toyota has said it would attach a price tag starting from $24,540 for the Sienna, and it will be ready for sale in February 2010.

(Via CarandDriver)

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