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2011 Toyota Sienna: First Look

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2011 Toyota Sienna

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Toyota is taking the wraps off the 2011 Sienna today at the 2009 Los Angeles auto show.

The Japanese automaker says its third-generation minivan is becoming more carlike than ever.  With front- or all-wheel drive, and a choice of  four- or six-cylinder engine and in seven- or eight-passenger versions, the new Sienna will go on sale in February 2010.

Performance is said to be improved, with more of a driver's dynamic, but the 2011 Sienna carries over the previous generation's wheelbase. Two engines are fitted to the new Sienna: the base 2.7-liter four-cylinder puts out 187 horsepower, while the larger 3.5-liter V-6 churns out 266 hp. Both team with a six-speed automatic for an estimated 19/26 mpg in the four-cylinder Sienna, to 16/22 mpg for the V-6, all-wheel-drive version.

Though it rides on the same wheelbase, the 2011 Toyota Sienna has a cabin that's two inches longer. The added length allows it to sport some world-class seat travel for its second-row seats--but the Sienna still lacks the second-row in-floor storage found in the Nissan Quest and the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.

We'll have more photos shortly. Stay tuned, and see our Bottom Line for an in-depth preview.

MORE: 2011 Toyota Sienna full preview

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Comments (2)
  1. Does it still have that crappy joystick-y shift lever that looks like it's glued on to the front dash? It looks like something Scotty would use when beaming up Kirk to the Enterprise.
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  2. This is very dissapointing... no hybrid option, same underpinnings, and this underpowered 4-cylinder engine with almost identical mileage as the V6 in 2WD configuration. I expected the new six-speed to make a difference but I guess this Sienna is even heavier now? Very strange all in all.
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