Toyota introduced the current, second-generation Sienna minivan for 2004. Not only was its power increased, but the redesigned Sienna also could have either front- or all-wheel drive. Toyota promised class-leading interior comfort, convenience and flexibility.
The all-new chassis for 2004 had a wheelbase more than 5 inches longer than the previous model. The front and rear tracks were nearly 4 inches wider, yet the new Sienna had a turning radius more than 3 feet tighter.
Siennas come in four trim levels: CE, LE, XLE and top-of-the-line XLE Limited. All-wheel drive is available on the three upper-end models. For 2005, the XLE and XLE Limited models gain a standard power front passenger seat. CE and LE minivans are available in both seven- and eight-passenger configurations. Disabled motorists can purchase an IMS Sienna Rampvan.
Even though the Sienna's basic appearance didn't change dramatically, the new version was markedly larger. The current Sienna rides a 119.3-inch wheelbase and measures 200 inches long overall. Standing 68.9 inches tall, the 2004 Sienna is 4 inches wider than its predecessor. Standard wheels are 16 inches in diameter, but wheels on the XLE Limited and models equipped with all-wheel drive hold 17-inch tires.
Two second-row seating options are available. The seven-passenger configuration features second-row captain's chairs; the passenger-side chair can be moved side to side, permitting either a bench or bucket seat arrangement. For eight-passenger seating, the Sienna can be equipped with a three-way split-folding bench seat in the second row. In Siennas with seating for eight, a "Front and Center" middle seat can be moved nearly 13 inches closer to the front seats, making infants in child-safety seats more accessible. Cargo volume totals 148.9 cubic feet behind the front seats or 94.5 cubic feet behind the second row.
A standard 60/40 "Split & Stow" third-row bench seat folds flat into the floor. Either side of the seat can be stowed separately. Available equipment includes a rear-seat DVD video system, laser cruise control, a navigation system with a rearview camera, sonar-based front and rear parking assistance and a 360-watt JBL Synthesis cassette/six-CD stereo with surround sound.
Under the Hood
The Sienna's 3.3-liter V-6 produces 230 horsepower and 242 pounds-feet of torque. It teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission.
Antilock brakes are standard, and the XLE Limited and models equipped with all-wheel drive have all-disc brakes. Vehicle Stability Control with traction control is available. Side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain-type airbags that cover all three rows of seats are standard in the XLE Limited and optional in the LE and XLE.
Toyota took its already-excellent minivan and turned it into a superior, well-executed people hauler. The Sienna is easy to drive. It runs quietly and steers with a light touch. Acceleration from a standstill is energetic. The Sienna exhibits relatively prompt and effective responses for passing and merging.
Even though the suspension doesn't ignore bumps, which riders typically feel, few cause any bothersome commotion. The Sienna is stable on the highway and easy to keep on course. The brakes are easy to modulate, and the minivan corners adeptly.
The second-row seats are excellent, and the third row folds down easily. Tall rear head restraints impair visibility, but otherwise it's outstanding.
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