2001 Toyota Sienna

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of the 2001 Toyota Sienna. Base trim shown.

2001 Toyota Sienna Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Displaying a modest face-lift for 2001, Toyota’s minivan has gained a more powerful engine and several new features. Appearance changes include a new front fascia, grille and bumpers, as well as redesigned taillights and fresh wheel covers. A backseat video entertainment system with a VCR in a covered unit between the front seats and a lateral skid-control system called Vehicle Skid Control is new for 2001. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are a new option, and the dashboard has been restyled.

The third-row seat is now a 50/50-split bench. XLE models now have a standard automatic climate control system for the front and rear. An in-dash six-CD changer goes into LE and XLE models, which gain an in-glass antenna. The XLE gets color-keyed mirrors, an auto-dimming mirror with a compass and an optional HomeLink universal garage-door opener. Heated seats are available for the XLE with leather upholstery.

Introduced for 1998, Siennas are produced in Kentucky. They rank fourth in sales among minivans, edging up to 103,137 units during 2000. Toyota’s base three-door CE model is gone, leaving three minivans with two doors on each side: the CE, LE and top-of-the-line XLE.



Exterior
All Siennas come in a single size, with a 114.2-inch wheelbase and a 194.2-inch overall length. Dual sliding doors are standard. Power operation is optional for the right sliding door on the LE and XLE, and dual power sliding doors are available this year for the XLE.



Interior
All S...
Vehicle Overview
Displaying a modest face-lift for 2001, Toyota’s minivan has gained a more powerful engine and several new features. Appearance changes include a new front fascia, grille and bumpers, as well as redesigned taillights and fresh wheel covers. A backseat video entertainment system with a VCR in a covered unit between the front seats and a lateral skid-control system called Vehicle Skid Control is new for 2001. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are a new option, and the dashboard has been restyled.

The third-row seat is now a 50/50-split bench. XLE models now have a standard automatic climate control system for the front and rear. An in-dash six-CD changer goes into LE and XLE models, which gain an in-glass antenna. The XLE gets color-keyed mirrors, an auto-dimming mirror with a compass and an optional HomeLink universal garage-door opener. Heated seats are available for the XLE with leather upholstery.

Introduced for 1998, Siennas are produced in Kentucky. They rank fourth in sales among minivans, edging up to 103,137 units during 2000. Toyota’s base three-door CE model is gone, leaving three minivans with two doors on each side: the CE, LE and top-of-the-line XLE.



Exterior
All Siennas come in a single size, with a 114.2-inch wheelbase and a 194.2-inch overall length. Dual sliding doors are standard. Power operation is optional for the right sliding door on the LE and XLE, and dual power sliding doors are available this year for the XLE.



Interior
All Siennas seat seven. The CE and LE have a two-person bench seat in the second row. Twin buckets are standard in the second row for the XLE and optional for the LE. Siennas can hold up to 133.5 cubic feet of cargo with the second- and third-row seats out of the way.



Under the Hood
The sole engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 210 horsepower, up from 194 hp courtesy of new VVT-i technology. The Sienna has an LEV emissions designation rating and has an improved EPA gas-mileage rating this year: 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The Sienna can tow as much as 3,500 pounds and is driven with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Antilock brakes and a low-tire-pressure warning system are standard.



Driving Impressions
If any minivan matches the 2001 Chrysler and Dodge models, it’s the Sienna. From the first moment behind the wheel, it is evident that you are driving a refined, civilized, well-built vehicle. In performance, handling, ride quality and seating comfort, the Sienna ranks at or near the top of the league. No minivan is more carlike in behavior.

Acceleration is brisk at any speed or from a standstill. The V-6 powertrain responds swiftly and positively to the throttle, simply delivering a smooth surge of added power to get the job done — nothing fancy, just effective. Steering is at a satisfying level between light and tight. A modestly firm suspension is taut enough for top-notch control yet soft enough to cushion the vast majority of bumps and imperfections. And the Sienna is quiet in every respect.

The seats are well cushioned and comfortable. The high-mounted climate control unit has large buttons — one of several thoughtful touches. A flexible interior layout yields plenty of space in the second row. Storage space is adequate, but the glove box is puny in size.

 
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great family and work car!

by TeenMom from San Diego on August 21, 2018

This van met all my needs- I could drive to work, drop off kids, carry items, etc. Very reliable, dependable, and an overall great van. Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've ever owned

by JR from Virginia Beach on July 30, 2018

I bought it because my car was stolen from Charles Barker Toyota an have had it serviced and inspected there. Its now got approximately 120K miles on it and everything is working great. I love my ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2001 Toyota Sienna currently has 2 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sienna received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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