The Good The 2011 Toyota Sienna Limited breaks new ground with a 16.4-inch rear-seat entertainment system. Adaptive cruise control and a dial-by-name Bluetooth phone system contribute to this minivan's advanced features.
The Bad The iPod interface immediately plays any music shown, and the stereo does not mute for navigation voice prompts. Adaptive cruise control cannot stop the car, and blind-spot detection would be nice.
The Bottom Line The 2011 Toyota Sienna Limited offers comfort and entertainment for rear-seat passengers, and a reasonably tech-filled driving experience, with some limitations.
2011 Toyota Sienna
No matter how much minivans suffer from a negative family car stigma, people often come to a time in their lives when they realize that this type of vehicle is the best option for hauling kids, groceries, pets, and other accouterments of a settled life. With the updated 2011 Sienna, Toyota has foreseen and used technology to address a few of the challenges facing the modern, overburdened parent.
Practicality often dictates design, and such is the case with the new Sienna. Although the front incorporates some of the latest Toyota styling language with its angular grille opening and curved hood, the sides are dominated by large, power-operated sliding doors. A beltline shoots straight back from the fenders, adding a little more style, but ultimately the Sienna is a large box on wheels. It looks modern and will fit unassumingly into grocery store parking lots.
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