Toyota Minivans Ratings
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2005 Toyota Sienna - CE FWD Passenger
Pros: comfort of seats
Cons: initial hesitation of engine
Advice: I would look at this van or Honda Odyssey over any others for comfort, quality and re-sale value.I purchased the 2005 Toyota Sienna van about a year a half ago. I bought this vehicle because of the great history I have had with Toyota vehicles. This van has stayed true to the Toyota quality so far. The ride is immacculate, and the functionality superb. The comfort in this vehicle is also a-one. My only beef is with the initial power of the vehicle. It always hesitates initially when the gas pedal is pushed. I also am a little unimpressed with the gas mileage I am getting but I am sure it is on par with other minivans. All in all I would highly recommend this van to any family who needs versatility, roominess, comfort, quality and re-sale value.
2004 Toyota Sienna - LE FWD
Pros: Interior space, ride comfort, fuel efficiency.
Cons: Poor build quality. Expensive.
Advice: Test drive Honda Odyssey to compare.Bought my 2004 Sienna in Apr 2003. The van is roomy, ride is smooth & comfortable, interior lay-out is efficient & very functional suitable for family with small children. The van in general is good, but not on-par with quality that expected from a Japanese company. There are more problems, not including recalls by Toyota, on this van compare to other Honda/Nissan/Infinity/Accura and even Ford vehicles that I've own previously. The engine micro-computer malfunctioned at 12000 miles activating ABS in D-gear. The keyless remote has the shortage range compared to others and worked intermittently from day one, finally replaced after 3 battery changes. The passenger power sliding door squeaks, driver side sliding door didn't latch intermittently. Some rattles here & there. The CD player broke after about 90 hrs of accumulative playing time, unfortunately it broke at barely over 36000, so I'm still negotiating with Toyota to cover it under warranty. Overall, it is a good van but not really lived up to expectation.
2005 Toyota Sienna - LE AWD Passenger
Pros: power sliding door.
Cons: gas milage.
Advice: Buy from Toyota of Newport, if you live near RI.The test drive was fantastic. The salesman was very professional. My wife and I fell in love with the vehicle the second it pulled up infront of us. We never even thought 2 seconds on the Odyssey. Buy the Toyota!!!
2004 Toyota Sienna - XLE Limited AWD
Pros: seat comfort,safety,JBL sound system~everything!
Cons: no spare tire with AWD,?
Advice: this is way better than all other vans out there! saved my kids and my life in an accident!i love this vehicle,it can carry a load of 7 passengers on a busy freeway with no worry,i used to own a 2001 town&country it could not get my family on the freeway unless it was just me and my wife,it had only a 3.8liter with only 205 hp,my new sienna has 230hp and 250lb of torque! the safety is a real plus,i was hit in the rear on the freeway,i was taking 2 of my kids to a softball game,in woodinville, a guy rear ended me around 40 mph,i had only moderate damage cause of the rear crumple zone VS. hondas,chrysler,and nissans front only!my kids and i got only minor cuts! has a bunch of standard equpment,also has a lot of value! i only purchased this fully loaded limited model for 37,000,it cost me 40,000$+ for my town&country that only lasted 36,000 miles! i recomend this car,way better than honda odyssey! sienna 1 recall,odyssey 4 recalls! power windows in the second row,and the dvd system is great,i listen to radio,they watch a movie,i love the navigation system,i love the park assist,the headlights are bright,the JBL system with 10 speakers and 360 watts is a real boomer,it rocks so much,i love watching movies on it!
2006 Toyota Sienna - LE FWD Passenger
Pros: driving both city and hwy
Cons: day time running lights cant be turned off no big deal
Advice: take it for a spini have owned 5 suvs morano 4runner highlander this 06 rav4 is a total joy to drive.i have the 4cylinder and it has more than enough get up and go when you need it the gas milage is outstanding and you get more then 24-30.it seems to have more storage room than my highlander and the interior is more comfortable.i have the limited so all goodies except for 4wheel dr.not needed in wilmington nc.my wife drives an 06 bmw3251 which i also drive.so when i saythe best thing about rav4 is driving it i know about driving being fun again dm.
2004 Toyota Sienna - XLE Limited AWD
Cons: run flats
Advice: don't buy the AWD modelI haven't had a mechanical problem with the Sienna, but I have to agree with the other reviewer with respect to the run flat tires. I just replaced all 4 tires after just 13,500 miles because the Toyota tech said they were 'smoked', meaning we shouldn't be driving on them. 13,500 miles! $277 each! My toyota dealer was willing to pay for 4 new Michelin tires, but I would have to pick up the cost of the spare kit. The spare kit, which basically renders the third row unusable, and costs nearly $700, was not an option for me. I was about to walk in the showroom and ask for the trade in value on a car that I love, that happens to have tires that I hate. It makes me wish that I would have chosen the lease option rather than to buy this van. I held my cool and talked further with the service mgr. and she then offered to replace all 4 run flats at no charge. I took the offer, but I believe that this is going to a tire ordeal similar to the Firestone problem that Ford encountered with the Explorer. Dealers don't just eat $1100 costs. this is a problem. I would never buy another car that is equipped with run flats, period. Honda better watch out because I hear they are putting them on the Odyssey.
2004 Toyota Sienna - XLE Limited AWD
Pros: Automatic doors
Cons: Tires/Wheel Rims
Advice: Do not buy this vehicle...get an Odyssey....my brother loves hisI would like to share a nearly identical experience to another owner of a Toyota Sienna AWD van. I purchased a $40k 2005 XLE Limited Toyota Sienna AWD Van and the tire situation is abominable. Another writer describes the situation as a 'nightmare', that is indeed the case. In essence there were several stupid design decisions made with this vehicle that have made it a curse to own. Those poor design decisions are: (1) to not have a spare tire....even thought the owner's manual says there is a spare tire and provides an illustration to show you where it is (NOT) at, and (2) to install run flat tires as the patch for not having a spare tire. You can almost see the dominos being set up. The run flats made by Dunlop are reportedly 'unrepariable', are priced at $280 for the CHEAPEST ones I could find, and when you have to use them for their intended purpose, they throw off you alignment and eat at your wheel hubs. THen you run into downstream issues like trying to have a spare rim and tire for the car and I paid $700 on Tire Rack.com for tire rims that supposedly were matched to the 2005 Sienna XLE AWD and guess what, the lug nut wells are too small to get the Toyota lug nuts down inside them well to screw on properly. Just amazing. And of course, the sales rep made no mention of the fact that there was no spare, the car had run flat tires, or that any problem I would later have with these tires would lead to my soul being sucked out of my forehead.