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Toyota Sienna, Future Vehicle, Van
Feb 21, 2010 (10:12 am)
So we have a 2005 Sienna and I saw the 2011 Sienna at the DC auto show and recently at a dealer. At the auto show I got to see a Limited version. Personally, I find the new interior to look cheaper than the 2nd generation model. As some have noted, the plastic is harder and less rich in appearance. I do not like the faux wood, it reminds me of that fake wood on the station wagons from the 1980's. How often do you see wood that dark and dull in a luxury car? The navigation system frame and the way it sits on the dashboard almost has an aftermarket appearance.
There are some positives. It's a lot more utilitarian than the 2nd generation model.
Our car really felt a lot like driving a Lexus, albeit an entry level one. I wish Toyota took this generation one step further in that regard instead of one step back.
#233 of 687 Re: Interior [taruky]
Feb 21, 2010 (10:28 am)
So did you drive the 2011? How does it compare to your 2005 on the road?
#234 of 687 Re: Interior [nobo]
Feb 21, 2010 (11:19 am)
Unfortunately I haven't driven it yet, just sat in the car and soaked in the cabin. I was really writing about the interior feel. I'm sure it drives really nicely, I'll post something on it after test driving it. Maybe it will grow on me.
#235 of 687 What are they thinking?
Feb 21, 2010 (6:10 pm)
What is Toyota thinking with the packaging of this thing??? In the Mid-Atlantic region, the ONLY way to get the DVD system is to get the premium package--so you have to buy the $32900 XLE, then add the $6250 premium package. Therefore, you've got to pay $39k just to get a rear entertainment system?
That's nuts. The previous-gen Sienna was not packaged this way--at one point, it was possible to even get it on the LE. The Odyssey made RES available on the EX-L--and made NAV a separate add-on.
There are a lot of families who want the DVD system. I have an 07 Odyssey EX-L with 30k miles. I've been generally happy with it but with two kids now, I wish it had integrated DVD (we have strap ons but its hard to operate). Given that my Ody is still worth a ton, I'd be interesting in trading...but not at those prices.
#236 of 687 Re: What are they thinking? [mfletou1]
Feb 21, 2010 (7:38 pm)
No.. this is not true!! To get DVD system you can get EY and C4 package.. that's total 35700 for MSRP.. that is base xle 32K + ~2.5K!
BTW; the mentioned package has 6 speakers Toyota's sound system that simply sounds better from JBL's 10 speakers! Good news it's coming without their GPS!!
(that's what we've got): with that you still get IPOD support and blue-tooth as standard! *just reminder: no HID (*that's for Limited), and not second moon-roof (another Limited)...
We like ours: has fantastic projector light (very bright, with white angle), and superb high beam! Also the very comfy leather seats!
Very intuitive blue-tooth programming for phone connectivity.
As mentioned earlier over 19mph in city like environment when you drive watching your little Eco green light, that is while very tender on accel. pedal.
Just remember; you'll not have a smart key, or 3rd row electrically folded as opposed to model you mentioned for 39K. I did not care about those toys especially that Toyota's 6 speakers sounds more 'with juice' than that legendary jbl 10 speakers, so for us that was a clear winner. Heaving Video-DVD with this system + all rest with no smart key, and electrically folded 3rd row (and rest all the same) did work.
Feb 21, 2010 (7:47 pm)
Not in the Central Atlantic Region--you can't even order one that way, according to buyatoyota. Or go look at www.fitzmall.com -- my preferred dealer--they've got about 100 Siennas on order--not a single one configured the way yours is.
That's the rub with Toyota--regions determine configurations. Its insanity.
#238 of 687 Interior color of the new 2011 Sienna's.
Feb 22, 2010 (5:26 am)
I have been looking forward to getting a new Sienna, now I'm not sure. The 2011 has the color options of almost white with a hint of tan, or almost white with a hint of grey. What was Toyota thinking? After all,don't most van owners have kids?, Its hard to buy a car that you know( without a doubt) will see some type of liquid accidently dropped or ground into the seats. At least with the older models sienna, the darker seats helped hide the kiddy prints.
With four kids, how could I possibly buy a car/van that I know will be stained with in two days?
If anyone at Toyota cares, let the Sienna have a darker interior, as it stands now, only the sport model SE can opt for this necessity.
#239 of 687 Re: Not here [mfletou1]
Feb 22, 2010 (9:48 am)
More likely the (st,d)ealer's are at fault, they want the profits from aftermarket DVD sale and install.
#240 of 687 Agreed about the packaging...
Feb 22, 2010 (10:06 am)
On the '10, you can get an LE with a DVD without having to upgrade trim level or buying a lot of other stuff in the package. In the 11 you have to go all the way up to an XLE and even then you have to get a package.
I am replacing an 05 Sienna. Toyota had an easy sale in me. I'm waiting to see what Honda does now.
#241 of 687 Re: Not here [wwest]
Feb 24, 2010 (7:52 am)
Yup, dealers see the popular feature and push people upmarket to increase sales. At $2400 it is great, one of the best on the market, but still a cash cow for Toyota.
My 12" screen was $900 installed. I could spend the other $1500 on a laptop for my wife, iTouches for each of my kids, and still have a few hundred left. Maybe a Nintendo DSi for my boy.
That's a lot of dough.