Overall 2007 Sienna 8 seater is a good van. It has plenty of room for both passengers and luggage (unlike the 2011 model, whose 8th seat is only about 6" wide and can only fit a skinny child, who is o...
Overall 2007 Sienna 8 seater is a good van. It has plenty of room for both passengers and luggage (unlike the 2011 model, whose 8th seat is only about 6" wide and can only fit a skinny child, who is old enough not to require a car sit). It's performance is decent (for a minivan, that is) and if the reliability matches that of the older Toyotas it's a good value for the money.
At the same time, I have to mention that It has a number of drawback, and while no car is perfect, I found these drawbacks to be especially annoying because most of them were absent in the older versions. For example it has no key hole on the back gate, which is no big deal if you have a remote opener, but if you share the car with your spouse, like I do, and like me have 2 sets of keys but only one remote opener, and like a real gentleman, give it to your wife, you might have to walk around the car a couple of extra times to lock and unlock the back. The older siennas, for a contrast, did have the key hole. Another drawback is that there is not enough light in the back, so the baggage area is not illuminated, so if you have to load or unload the car in the dark, better get your flashlight ready. The roof rack lacks side holes for the straps, but I guess you can get around it. Finally, if you like to fix your car yourself you might be in for some unpleasant surprises, because while the older Toyotas were a pleasure to work with, the newer ones require special Toyota tools for things as simple as an oil change.
To sum up, it's a good car, but in some ways it's worse than its predecessors, which makes me wonder about 2011. I guess when it's time for me to get my next car I'll take a closer look at other models.