With a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engine, six-speed transmission, a terrific rear-seat entertainment system, and an auto access seat designed for disabled passengers, the 2011 Toyota Sienna is the best family vehicle on the road today

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With a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engine, six-speed transmission, a terrific rear-seat entertainment system, and an auto access seat designed for disabled passengers, the 2011 Toyota Sienna is the best family vehicle on the road today

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2011 Toyota Sienna

The class of the field
The class of the field

With a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 engine, six-speed transmission, a terrific rear-seat entertainment system, and an auto access seat designed for disabled passengers, the 2011 Toyota Sienna is the best family vehicle on the road today

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Overview
Overview
The Toyota Sienna minivan is selling like hotcakes, with sales up 129 percent in the first two months of this year from the same period last year. Improvements for 2011 include a new four-cylinder engine, an efficient six-speed automatic transmission, plush reclining second-row seats, a new "auto access" seat to accommodate aged or disabled passengers, and a fancy rear-seat entertainment system with a wide split screen that allows one kid to watch a movie while the other is playing a video game. The Sienna also costs less than its archrival, the Honda Odyssey, which has also been redesigned for 2011 and looks more stylish. If Toyota’s seemingly endless recalls worry you, you won’t go wrong if you opt for the Odyssey, but in our opinion the Sienna offers slightly better value.
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Interior
Interior

In the Limited, the interior is plush, with lots of leather, dual sunroofs, and a wide-screen rear entertainment system. Luggage space behind the rear seats is 39.1 cu. ft. The cabin, however, is marred by an unattractive plastic dash and cheap-looking faux wood trim.

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Engine/Transmission
Engine/Transmission
There’s a choice of two powerplants, a 2.7-liter, 187-horsepower inline four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter, 265-hp V6. Both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The V6-powered LE, XLE, and Limited are available with all-wheel drive.
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Performance
Performance
Car and Driver clocked the AWD Sienna at 7.8 seconds in accelerating from zero to 60, compared with 7.4 seconds for a front-wheel-drive Honda Odyssey. The new Sienna SE has a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
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Seating Configurations
Seating Configurations
The eight-person configuration has a second row of seat with a jump seat in the middle that can be removed and stowed in back. The alternative is two comfy second-row captain’s chairs that recline and slide back and forth. The third-row seat folds into the floor when not in use.
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Help for Disabled Passengers
Help for Disabled Passengers
A new Auto Access Seat automatically lowers to within 19 in. of the ground and lifts aged or disabled passengers into the van’s second row. The seat handles up to 330 lbs. and adds about $4,000 to the price of the Sienna LE.
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Safety
Safety

The 2011 Sienna has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Under new, more stringent standards, it earned an overall four out of five stars in government crash test ratings. Standard equipment includes seven air bags.

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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy
Mileage with front-wheel-drive is 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on the highway, 21 combined, dropping only slightly to 18/24/20 with the V6 engine. The V6-only Odyssey is rated at 19/28/22 with a six-speed automatic and 18/27/21 with a five-speed.
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Price
Price
The Sienna starts at $25,370, rising to $40,880 for an all-wheel-drive Limited. Average selling price is $32,416, says the Power Information Network, about the same as the Chrysler Town & Country but less than the archrival Honda Odyssey ($34,703).

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