2011 Toyota Sienna XLE

I signed out Toyota's new swagger wagon to drive a handful of twenty-something friends down to Detroit for a Tigers baseball game. It may not make a style statement, but the Sienna had them totally impressed with the backseat comfort and entertainment options. I grew up riding in the back of minivans (my parents owned at least four Mercury Villagers) and it was well established that your parents' van wasn't cool unless it had rear heat and/or audio controls. My Detroit-bound cadre was seriously wowed by the reclining second row and widescreen television. I should note, though, that Toyota's lawyers have a warning that says you shouldn't use the ottomans when the vehicle is in motion. Yeah right.

As far as driving goes, the powertrain is robust, the six-speed automatic is polished, the chassis is composed, and the steering is okay. My main gripe is that you can't fold the seatbacks of the second row to for hauling. You either have to deal with them in place or remove them completely.

Eric Tingwall

I am shocked to say that "yes" I would absolutely buy this ride!You need to actually know me a little to understand why this is a personal shocker lol.

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