Toyota Drops Four-Cylinder Sienna
The only minivan with a four-cylinder engine is losing it for the 2013 model year. Toyota's Sienna will only be available with its 3.5-liter V-6 this year.

"The four-cylinder was discontinued on the Sienna due to low customer demand. Less than 5% of Sienna buyers were choosing the four-cylinder," Toyota communications representative Sam Butto told

The minivan will again be offered in five grades: base, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. All-wheel drive is available on LE, XLE and Limited trims; the Sienna is the only minivan to offer it.

Other model-year 2013 Sienna news includes a newly standard three-zone automatic climate control system for LE models and a standard blind spot warning system for Limited and XLE trims.

Base versions of the 2013 Toyota Sienna start at $27,280, including an $845 destination charge. Model-year 2012 versions started at $25,905, but that was with the four-cylinder. Prices have actually gone up only slightly: model-year 2012 base V-6 versions started at $27,145.

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