2012 Toyota Sienna: Video Road Test and Review
The Toyota Sienna is a four door minivan with room for up to eight passengers and plenty of storage space. Power for the Sienna comes in the form of either a 2.7 Liter VVT-i four cylinder mill that cranks out 187 HP and 186 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 19 MPG in the city and as much as 24 MPG on the highway; or a 3.5 Liter V6 that generates a total of 266 HP and 245 lb-ft of torque which returns an estimated 18 MPG round towns and 25 MPG at speed. Either way motivating forces are channeled to the front or all four wheels via a six speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Toyota offers the Sienna in five trim levels: Base, LE, SE, XLE and Limited.
The entry level Toyota Sienna rides on a set of 17 inch five spoke rims and comes well equipped with a pair of projector beam halogen headlamps up front and a set of LED taillights out back. Other identifying characteristics include a black front grill and matching side mirrors, while the color matching rear spoiler adds a bit of style to Sienna’s rear end. On the inside, the base Sienna gets creature comforts like three zone climate control, cruise control, a removable second row seats with tip up and long slide feature as well as the Japanese automaker’s signature Star safety system; all starting at $25,060.
The next step up the Sienna line is the LE; available as a front wheel drive eight passenger layout with both four and six cylinder power options, as well as an all wheel drive seven passenger V6 version and finally in Toyota’s Mobility Auto Access front wheel drive seven passenger six cylinder variant (which allows automatic electronic egress both in and out of the vehicle for those passengers with mobility problems). Up front the $26,145 Sienna LE is distinguished by a black front grill insert with chrome surround, while the heated power side mirrors and door handles are color matching. On the inside the LE gets an available six speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input as well as USB iPod connectivity, available Multi-Information Display with integrated back up camera and available dual power sliding side doors with jam protection. The Sienna LE rides on a set of 17 inch five spoke wheels, however the top of the line AWD seven passenger V6 gets 18 inch ten spoke wheels.
The sportiest model in the bunch is the Sienna SE, available exclusively as a V6 powered front wheel dive eight passenger minivan, sporting a set of 19 inch six spoke gunmetal alloys and a pair of projector beam smoked sport trimmed headlamps framing a sport mesh front grill insert with smoked chrome surround as well as integrated wide angle fog lamps and a set of smoked LED taillights out back. Starting at $33,440 the Sienna SE comes with leatherette trimmed seating complete with sport fabric inserts while a six speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input as well as USB iPod connectivity handle audio entertainment duties and the optional power tilt/slide moonroof adds a little artificial headroom for those inside.
Moving on up the Toyota minivan ladder, the Sienna XLE is available in both front wheel drive and all wheel drive eight passenger layouts as well as the handicapable Mobility Auto Access front wheel drive seven passenger variant. Up front the XLE is distinguished from lesser Siennas by a pair of projector headlamps with auto on/off feature, grey metallic front grill insert with chrome surround, chrome accented exterior door handles with touch sensor, power lift gate with jam protection, power tilt/slide moonroof and a set of 17 inch seven spoke machine finished alloys. The interior of the Sienna XLE gets upgraded with perforated leather trimmed front buckets and a three zone automatic climate control; all starting at $33,205. Meanwhile the top of the line Mobility Auto Access version gets a ten speaker JBL premium stereo system with subwoofer with Bluetooth hands free telephone connectivity and wireless music streaming.
The top of the line Sienna Limited is available as a front wheel drive eight passenger, all wheel drive seven passenger and a Mobility Auto Access front wheel drive seven passenger minivan. The Sienna Limited rides on a set of 18 inch ten spoke machine finished alloys and is dressed up thanks to a satin chrome front grill insert with chrome surround and dual moonroof with power tilt/slide front glass and sliding rear panel as well as a pair of available HID headlamps. Starting at $39,300 the interior of the Sienna Limited is appointed with leather and receives the JBL premium 10 speaker stereo as standard equipment. Meanwhile Toyota offers the optional Voice Activited Touch Screen DVD Navigation System with seven inch high resolution touch screen with integrated back up camera system as well as the Dual View Entertainment Center with 16.4 inch flip down display with RCA inputs, AC outlets and a pair of wireless headphones designed to keep everyone, up front and in back, happy on extended voyages.
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