When Toyota launched the redesigned Sienna minivan for 2011, it called the new family hauler the “Swagger Wagon” and showcased the model we reviewed, the sport-tuned Sienna SE model. Yep. A sport-tuned minivan. Improbably advertised using the word “swagger.” Now that’s ballsy.
Funny thing is, the Sienna SE amounts to more than just marketing smoke-and-mirrors. It is actually athletic – for a minivan weighing nearly 2.5 tons – and it looks better than any other kid-cruiser on the market thanks to SE-specific modifications ladled upon conservative but appealing styling. And while other Sienna variants might not swagger about suburbia with quite the panache of the SE model, there are many reasons to recommend them, and one really good reason not to.