• (4.4) 17 reviews
  • MSRP: $974–$6,914
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
  • Cargo Space: 62.3 cu.ft.
2002 Toyota Sienna

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Vehicle Overview
A new Symphony Package is available for the LE edition of Toyota’s front-wheel-drive minivan, which is offered in a choice of three body colors. A substantial list of extra items in the option group includes captain’s chairs in the first two rows, a premium JBL cassette/CD stereo with eight speakers, a six-way power driver’s seat, heated mirrors and Symphony badging.

While dual-sliding side doors are standard, power operation is now available as an option. A premium JBL cassette/CD stereo is available as a separate option in the LE model. The Sienna comes in three trim levels: CE, LE and the top-of-the-line XLE.

Toyota launched the Kentucky-built Sienna as a 1998 model. Sales fell by 14 percent in 2001, as they did for most minivans on the market, according to Automotive News. In the minivan sales race, Toyota ranked just a hair below the Chevrolet Venture; both makes sold more than 88,000 vehicles.

The Sienna rides a 114.2-inch wheelbase, stretches 194.1 inches long overall and stands 66.9 inches tall. Dual-sliding side doors are standard. Power operation is optional for the right-side door on LE and XLE models, and powered dual sliders are optional on the XLE.

All models have 15-inch tires. A roof rack and integrated fog lights are standard on the XLE edition.

The Sienna seats seven occupants. The CE and LE have a two-person bench seat in the second row. Captain’s chairs are installed in the second row of the XLE and are optional for the LE. A 50/50-split bench seat that can be slid fore and aft goes into the third row. With the second- and third-row seats folded, the Sienna can hold up to 133.5 cubic feet of cargo.

Standard equipment in the CE includes a six-way driver’s seat, tilt steering wheel, battery-saver circuitry and dual-zone front/rear air conditioning. The LE adds powered rear quarter windows with privacy glass, a full-size spare tire, a tachometer, cruise control, lighted vanity mirrors, and power windows, door locks and mirrors.

An in-dash six-CD changer goes into the LE and XLE. The XLE has a standard automatic climate control system for the front and rear, as well as heated mirrors, multi-adjustable power seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and carpeted floormats. An auto-dimming mirror with a compass is optional. Heated seats with leather upholstery are also available in the XLE. A rear-seat video entertainment system with a VCR in a covered unit between the front seats and a 6.8-inch video screen may be installed in all models.

Under the Hood
The Sienna uses a 210-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine with VVT-i technology; it teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Toyota’s minivan has been designated a Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) and earns an EPA fuel-economy rating of 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. With the optional towing package, the Sienna can haul as much as 3,500 pounds.

Antilock brakes and a low-tire-pressure warning system are standard. Side-impact airbags and Vehicle Skid Control, an electronic stability system, are optional.

Driving Impressions
If any minivan matches the current Chrysler and Dodge models in overall appeal, it has to be the Sienna. From the first moment behind the wheel, it’s evident that you’re 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, in fact, is more carlike in behavior.

Acceleration is brisk at any speed or from a standstill. The V-6 powertrain responds swiftly and positively to pressure on the gas pedal. It delivers 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. On top of all that, the Sienna is quiet in every respect.

All 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.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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A Perfect Minivan

by ybasaran from DEEP RIVER on October 27, 2017

This car is not the most fashionable car when it comes to its outer appearance but it meets all standards needed by a minivan. It is reliable, comfortable, and will not disappoint.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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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.


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.

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).

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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.

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