The Toyota Sienna Minivan SUV comes in five trim levels, ranging upwards from the basic model travelling onwards through the E variations (LE, XLE and SE) and reaching a crescendo with the Sienna Limited edition, each of these variations having its own unique characteristics.
The base Sienna comes with telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, a four-speaker sound system, CD player, cruise control, power operated windows sliding rear doors and seventeen inch wheels with P235/60R17 tires.
The next model up is the four cylinder engined version of the LE which comes with all of the above as well as a manually adjustable eight position driver seat, audio controls, and heated side mirrors. Those who opt for the six cylinder version of the LE are presented with such additional extras as a 3.5 inch display monitor, a six-speaker sound system including satellite radio and an iPod/USB connect ability, side doors that are power operated, roof rack and front seat power lumbar supports among others.
Again the sporty SE version comes with all the now -growing list of extras as standard as well as combination leather/fabric upholstery, and a leather wrapped steering wheel , triple-zone automatic climate control and painted 19 inch alloy wheels with P235/50R19 all season tires. The XLE version comes with a cross section of all of the finishes available on the base, LE and SE versions.
Completing the picture is the top of the range Limited edition that comes with keyless entry, unique design two-tone leather seating, leather and wood combined steering wheel, a 10-speaker JBL surround-sound audio system, power-folding side mirrors , dual sunroofs and parking sensors for both front and rear.
Add to all of these standard features on every variant of the Toyota Sienna minivan a whole load of optional extra available across the range such as adaptive cruise control, xenon headlights, a large screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and it is easy to understand why reviewers rave about the levels of luxury and comfort this SUV can reach.
Safety features on all version takes in a full complement of airbags. All models come with anti lock brakes (ABS), designed to enhance steering control during an emergency stop situation. Other safety features include Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control for the all wheel drive variations of the Sienna minivan.
Fuel consumption for the 2012 Toyota Sienna Minivan with a 2.7 liter engine fitted , according to the US EPA, averages at 21miles per gallon in two wheel drive, with 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the open road. The 3.5 liter automatic version, according to the US EPA, averages at 20 miles per gallon in two wheel drive, with 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
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The Sienna SUV has earned largely positive reviews with Toyota unabashedly admitting that they saw their minivan as being much more a people carrier than a cargo hauler or even a compromise dual purpose vehicle. Anyone who would take a look at the two luxury recliners that make up the middle row in certain models of the Toyota Sienna minivan would have to agree!