2008 Toyota Sienna vs. Its Competition

2008 Toyota Sienna XLE
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Sienna’s styling looks a bit dated next to the new-for-2008 Chrysler minivans and several other vans that have been redesigned since the Sienna’s last redesign for 2004.

But most notably, the 2008 Toyota Sienna has available all-wheel drive, while these rivals do not.

Otherwise, they’re quite equivalent in terms of engine power and overall interior space, but seat arrangements present a significant difference between the models and trims.

In this group, the Town & Country has the widest range of configurations, from a standard second-row bench arrangement to the innovative Stow ‘n’ Go, which allows the second and third rows to fold fully into the floor, and Swivel ‘n’ Go, which allows the second row to turn 180 degrees.

In terms of driving, the Honda Odyssey remains the most enjoyable on a twisty road, but the Entourage has surprisingly good performance, too, as does the Quest.

Despite some flaws, such as ride quality and a questionable reliability record, the Quest is the more fashionable choice for those who must have a minivan but don’t want a vehicle that completely blends in with all the other minivan models.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan does almost everything right for the family, with a roomy, functional interior and great ride comfort, but there’s not a lot of personality.
8.4
The 2008 Honda Odyssey melds everyday practicality with fun-to-drive.
7.6
You'll find the 2008 Hyundai Entourage at the intersection of Practical St. and Value Ave.
8.2
The 2008 Nissan Quest does everything a minivan should -- carries seven, has a flexible cargo area and gets good fuel economy -- and looks appealing, too.
MSRP From   
$24,440$25,860$23,995$25,080
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Minivans2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans
Style Name   
5-Door 7-Pass Van CE FWD (SE)5-Door LX4-Door Wagon GLS4-Door Base
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7777
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
5 Door Reg WB4 Door5 Door Minivan4 Door Reg WB
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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