2010 Toyota Sienna Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
January 18, 2010

The 2010 Toyota Sienna is not going to win any awards for driving pleasure, but for what it is, a family hauler, it’s more than adequate.

The editors at TheCarConnection.com have driven the Toyota Sienna and combine their own driving impressions with a practical assessment in this Bottom Line. They've also looked to some of the most respected review resources on the Web and selected some of the best excerpts for a Full Review on the 2010 Toyota Sienna.

The 2010 Toyota Sienna is a great example of a minivan. While not winning any awards for driving qualities, it excels at what it’s meant to do: comfortably and efficiently carry a family and all their gear.

The Sienna has remained virtually unchanged in the six years it's been on the market. This is rather telling in terms of its dull styling inside and out, especially when compared to its newer, chicer competitors.

Either way, those in the market for a larger family van will generally be pleased with the 2010 Toyota Sienna. The vehicle offers a 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission to briskly carry eight people inside. Minivan buyers might not be too interested in sports car handling, which the Sienna doesn’t have, but there’s a generous amount of power on tap if needed, even with a full load. The base Sienna is front-wheel drive, but the LE, XLE, and XLE Limited models are available with an optional all-wheel-drive system to help when things get slippery.

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The 2010 Sienna includes a very spacious interior with a third row of seats that fold neatly into a well, allowing plenty of flat, low space for cargo while maintaining seating for five. In case you need more space, the second row of seats can fold away as well, allowing you to carry things as big as 4x8 sheets of plywood. Note, however, that the top-of-the-line 2010 Toyota Sienna XLE and XLE Limited models get twin captain’s chairs in the second row instead of the three-place bench seat. Dual sliding doors and folding third-row seats are included on all models. A higher trim level gives you power sliding doors, a power folding third row, and a power rear tailgate. The only noticeable complaint might be that the interior materials and appointments feel a bit less refined compared to those of its competitors, though overall quality is still commendable.

One of the most crucial aspects for minivans is safety. After all, minivans are designed to carry your most precious cargo, and thankfully, the 2010 Toyota Sienna posts favorable results in independent crash tests. The vehicle scores four- and five-star ratings for frontal impact and five stars in side impact from the federal government, as well as "good" judgments from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in frontal and side impact tests. Unfortunately, the IIHS deems the Sienna "poor" in the seat-based rear impact test, which gauges the risk of whiplash injury, among other things. At least electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard on every grade of the 2010 Toyota Sienna, along with front side airbags and side curtain bags covering all three seating rows.

Compared to luxury-branded vehicles, the 2010 Toyota Sienna’s options list is hardly lacking. Niceties include a rearview video camera, front/rear parking proximity warnings, side sunshades, laser-guided cruise control, a DVD entertainment system, satellite navigation, and a JBL surround-sound audio system (standard on the XLE Limited) that includes Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.

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