Monday, September 24, 2007

2007 Toyota Sienna Review

The 2007 Toyota Sienna is a minivan which offers 4 trim levels, the Sienna CE, LE, XLE, and Sienna Limited. All vehicles ship with a 3.5 liter V6 that pumps out 266 hp @ 6200 rpm and 245 lb.-ft. torque @4700 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Sienna, which is front wheel drive, with all wheel drive available on the non-base models. With an enhanced powerplant and seating for seven or eight, the 2007 Sienna is just about the ideal minivan.

Two second row seating modules are available, one for 7-passenger models and another for 8-passenger models, as well as cruise control, and an item called a conversation mirror in its overhead console. It's really a good idea for parents who need to be vigilant of the goings-on in the rear seats. It allows the driver or front passenger to "spy" on the kids in the back through an innocuous-looking convex mirror, without having to swivel the head around.

There are plenty of storage areas in the Sienna including ones to hold maps, coins, sunglasses, CDs, bottles, and stun gun. The 2007 Toyota Sienna comes with extra stereo output jacks, automatic door locks, and a digital quartz clock.

The 2007 Toyota Sienna boasts some of the most widely praised safety features in the automobile industry. The interior of the Sienna would look like a padded cell if all of the airbags were to inflate simultaneously. The Sienna comes with front passenger and driver airbags, and side curtain airbags for the back seats. With beefy steel body panels and front and rear crumple zones, the Sienna is a study in applied metallurgy. Indispensable to safety is the tire pressure monitoring system, the theft inhibitor engine disabler system, and the sliding door locks.

The exterior of the 2007 Toyota Sienna is as well-conceived as the interior, with stylish matching paint to the handles, dent guards, and bumper. All minivans need a roof rack and this one you will use someday, probably for the holiday tree, the rubber raft, or for the in-laws. For the AWD Sienna they are: 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Toyota looks like it is back to being a contender in the minivan segment with upgrades to the 2007 Sienna that put it right back near the top.

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