Best Bet
  • (4.7) 34 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,790–$14,650
  • Body Style: Passenger Van
  • Combined MPG: 20-22
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7-8
  • Cargo Space: 94.5 cu.ft.
2008 Toyota Sienna

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Toyota Sienna

What We Don't Like

  • Restricted rear visibility
  • Rearview camera offered only with navigation
  • Many options only available in packages

Notable Features

  • 266-hp V-6
  • Standard stability system and traction control
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Optional AWD
  • Optional DVD entertainment system
  • Optional navigation with rearview camera

2008 Toyota Sienna Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Toyota introduced the current, second-generation Sienna minivan for 2004. Optional all-wheel drive and a refined, upscale interior are among its notable traits. There are several new standard safety features for 2008, including an electronic stability system and traction control. The Sienna's competition includes the redesigned 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, as well as the Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Entourage and Nissan Quest.

Siennas are available 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. The Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive, as other automakers have either dropped the option — including Dodge, Chrysler and Chevrolet — or, like Ford, have dropped minivans altogether.

CE and LE minivans come in seven- or eight-passenger configurations.


Exterior
The current Sienna rides a 119.3-inch wheelbase, measures 200 inches long overall and stands 68.9 inches tall. Standard wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but all-wheel-drive models have 17-inch tires. The larger wheels can also be ordered on XLE and XLE Limited models.

Upscale features include puddle lamps and power-folding side mirrors on XLE Limited models. Power sliding doors and a power liftgate are standard on XLE and XLE Limited trims.


Interior
Two second-row seating choices 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, CE and LE models can be equipped with a three-way split-folding bench seat in the second row. In eight-passenger Siennas, a "Front and Center" middle seat can move 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 and 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 laser cruise control, a navigation system with a rearview camera, and sonar-based front and rear parking assistance.


Under the Hood
Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6, which sees duty across a number of vehicles, makes 266 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet of torque.

A five-speed automatic transmission is standard.


Safety
Antilock brakes are standard, as are an electronic stability system and traction control. Side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seats are standard. Also new are rear disc brakes to replace last year's standard drum brakes.

Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 34 reviews

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Great Van

by Josh from Tallahassee, FL on November 14, 2017

These vans are comfy and last forever. Great value for the money and the ride and experience is that of luxury.

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7 Trims Available

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Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2008 Toyota Sienna trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2008 Toyota Sienna Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Sienna CE

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Sienna CE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
P
Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
A

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Sienna CE

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Sienna CE

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 9 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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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