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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Kelley Blue Book
“spacious cabin is handsomely fitted”
“we find the basic shape…appealing”
The 2008 Toyota Sienna is a vehicle that’s rather anonymous and inoffensive.
Automotive critics have precious little to say about the Sienna’s styling, perhaps because it’s a minivan, and perhaps even more so because it is a rather bland minivan. Kelley Blue Book offers mild kudos, calling the Sienna “smartly styled,” but admits that the van, now in its fifth year, “offers nothing radical in the way of exterior features or design.” Road & Track makes a half-hearted mention to it and other minivans being “family cartons,” and MyRide.com, the most vocal supporter of this family hauler’s lines, finds “the basic shape of the Sienna appealing,” though they cite its “sneering grille work and those big headlights” as the features that create the strongest impression.
Inside, the story is a little more stimulating. Edmunds reports “the Sienna’s spacious cabin is handsomely fitted.” “The Sienna driver sits before a smooth, organic dashboard, with a prominent if slightly awkward center stack,” says MyRide.com. They like its standard trim with its “dark, lacquered-look plastic,” but are less favorable of the faux-wood on the XLE and limited, which they consider “looks tacked on.”
The 2008 Toyota Sienna’s styling doesn’t offend, but it doesn’t try to inspire.