2011 Toyota Sienna
There are 3 user reviews for the LE FWD 8-Passenger I4 trim shown below
- Room, Ride, Handling
- Gas hog, noisy engine, soft, sloppy transmission
Purchased As New
Basically a good car but the transmission is annoying, make a slow breaking turn where the trans needs to downshift and it hangs between gears, often for several seconds, disconcerting.
Right power sliding door has failed twice in 10k miles and the drives power window failed once and now the passenger window is having fits.
Fuel mileage is awful, I have another van, a 2001 Chevy venture with 244k miles on it. with all but front seats removed it averages 23 town, 25 mixed 29-31 hwy. Toyota 13-15 town, 19 mixed, 21.5 hwy (with a very light foot!). On a recent trip we could only get about 360 miles on a topped off tank while the Venture gets close to 600 miles on the same amount. The short range means I can't skip states where fuel is more expensive as I can in the Venture.
Powerful engine, more than it needs, less power might up the mileage some but it's heavy so who knows. Has a great turning radius, power steering is very light, great around town but too light for the highway, at 70-75 mph it tends to wander and needs a light touch on the wheel and continuous attention to hold the center of the lane.
All-in-all not a bad van, short hauls are it's forte, don't buy it for long distance traveling, it's tendency to wander at speed makes it very tiring to drive on freeways. This is it's biggest failing by far. We took one 2200 mile run in it then went back to our Venture for trips. Two-three hours in the Toyota & I need a break - in the Venture I can run through a full tank, close to 600 miles and not be as tired.
Although it has nearly a quarter million miles on it (well maintained), fuel mileage, highway stability & comfort make the Venture much better trip car.
I wish they still made the Venture, it's been a reliable & economical vehicle. My thought now is to do a full refresh on it sell the Toyota.
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