All-new in 2004, the Toyota Sienna moves into 2005 with just a few changes. All models get wheel-mounted audio controls, and dual power sliding doors are standard on the LE.
The Sienna is available in three trim lines; on front-wheel-drive models, the two lower lines are available in seven- or eight-passenger seating (all others are seven-passenger). The Sienna is unusual in that it is one of the few minivans still offering all-wheel-drive, and it’s the real thing, turning all four wheels all the time.
The base CE model features dual air conditioning with rear seat ducts, CD/cassette with six speakers, cloth seats, 60/40 stowable third-row seat, power windows (including second-row windows), power locks with keyless entry, conversation mirror, cruise control, heated power mirrors, and variable intermittent wipers with intermittent rear washer/wiper. The FWD model has 16-inch steel wheels; the AWD has 17-inch alloy wheels, and adds power flip-out rear side windows.
The mid-range LE model adds 16-inch alloy wheels (17-inch on AWD), rear-seat audio controls, premium cloth seats, power driver’s seat, a front centre console box, integrated garage door opener, dual power sliding doors and fog lamps.
The top-line XLE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather interior with heated front seats, power passenger seat, power rear hatch, side and curtain airbags, anti-theft system and power sunroof. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system and backup sensor that’s optional on the FWD model is standard equipment with the AWD model; the AWD also comes with exclusive high-intensity discharge lamps.
The Sienna is among the largest of minivans and also one of the most powerful; it’s smooth and quiet, and very well finished inside. It lacks DaimlerChrysler’s superb Stow ’n Go seating configuration, but that’s about all. GM’s extended minivans are slightly longer, but don’t make as good use of their room and lack Toyota’s interior quality; the Ford Freestar is relatively cramped inside and doesn’t measure up in performance. In quality and features, it’s pretty much neck and neck with the Honda Odyssey; between the two, it’ll come down to brand preference, and whether or not you want all-wheel-drive.
The Sienna is made in Princeton, Indiana.
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