2012 Toyota Sienna
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Reliable and Comfortable

by from Utah on September 1, 2012

The good: This is a very nice vehicle. It has been reliable thus far (I have only owned it for 2 months). It is a pleasure to drive most of the time. Nice and quiet compared to our old Chevy Venture....
The good: This is a very nice vehicle. It has been reliable thus far (I have only owned it for 2 months). It is a pleasure to drive most of the time. Nice and quiet compared to our old Chevy Venture. Actually this thing is quite wonderful compared to the Chevy in most instances. The seats are comfortable and quite adjustable. The engine has plenty of power. It gets good fuel economy for an AWD van. It drives nicely and corners pretty well. The suspension is not mushy like our old van. It's a good reliable grocery getter and kid hauler. The bad: Vehicle price is a bit high. The interior design could be better. I absolutely hate all the chrome trim on the dash, cluster and center console. Sure it looks pretty, but it acts as a mirror to reflect the sun right into my eyes and blinds me. Another thing I really don't like is the radio controls layout. The passenger side radio knob is not placed close to the driver at all. Yes there are controls on the steering wheel for basic stuff, but sometimes you need to use the other controls. Makes it difficult to stay in my own lane when I am reaching to the other side of the car to twist a knob that should have been placed within easy reach. The engine is powerful and I can pass cars with ease but the throttle response due to "drive by wire" is sluggish. So if you ever need to get out of the way quickly, you may need more warning than you get. Same with the transmission programming. It was rudimentary at best when we first got the car, but it seems to be getting better at judging what I want it to do. The Chevy had much better throttle response and transmission programming but a lot less power. This car constantly shifts back and forth when climbing long hills instead of holding the lower gear. It sometimes can't decide which gear I want when downshifting for acceleration. The "manual shift" position on the shifter doesn't work like I think it should. It will not hold the gear you put it in unless you keep the engine in a certain rpm range and are driving rather leisurely. It's more like the "sport" or "tow/haul" setting on some other vehicles. I also figured out early on that it has no transmission dipstick to check the oil. It also has no spare tire! Toyota's excuse is that it has "run flat" tires. They are ridiculously expensive to replace and wear out quickly. Give me a spare and regular radial tires! The fuel tank is too small. I find myself filling up a lot more often than we did with the Chevy. Not to say that it doesn't get good fuel economy, it does. But come on Toyota!
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only AWD in this segment

by from Long Island , NY on October 5, 2012

We bought our Van in 2010 as a New 2011 SE AWD model. We previously had a Town and Country loaded with every power option and leather, but not AWD. Our Town and Country was starting to act up at 60k m...
We bought our Van in 2010 as a New 2011 SE AWD model. We previously had a Town and Country loaded with every power option and leather, but not AWD. Our Town and Country was starting to act up at 60k miles and the warranty was up so it was sold for a small commuter car. Our other vehicle was a Nissan Xterra, and it was soon discovered that it was too small for two car seats. We decided to replace the Xterra with a new minivan. We chose to go with the Toyota because it was the only minivan offering AWD, since Chrysler dropped the option. To keep the cost of the van with in reason we didn't get the xle. Looking back I would have paid the extra money and bought the leather and power rear gate. The interior is light in color but it cleans very easily, and has been wearing well. We have two kids, but often have three or four kids, and carseats, in the vehicle. Our van has the v6 and awd and it is very powerful and comfortable to travel in. We take a few 1000 mile plus trips every year in all different types of weather including icy and snowy conditions and this van has handled every condition with confidence. We have owned the van now for two and a half years and plan on owning it for many more to come.
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2012 Toyota Sienna XLE

by from Atlant GA on January 17, 2012

I go 2012 Toyota Sienna XLE with base option. Great price. 32,700 drive out price with tax already. all leather with power lift gate. wood trim. better alloy wheels. very roomy inside.
I go 2012 Toyota Sienna XLE with base option. Great price. 32,700 drive out price with tax already. all leather with power lift gate. wood trim. better alloy wheels. very roomy inside.
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All of our Toyotas have been excellent buys.

by from Amarillo, Tx on August 16, 2012

Loved our Camry, then we had dependable, comfortable Avalons. Needed room for two travel scooters, so we're giving the Sienna a try. All the good things carry right over so we enjoy our new roomy Sien...
Loved our Camry, then we had dependable, comfortable Avalons. Needed room for two travel scooters, so we're giving the Sienna a try. All the good things carry right over so we enjoy our new roomy Sienna. Toyota has quality which has never let us down. We don't even shop other brands anymore.
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Best value minivan!

by from Springfield,OH on November 7, 2011

Toyota has really outdone themselves with this one. This van has really spoiled me! It's comfortable, stylish and keeps my family safe with it's many safety features. No road noise, smooth ride and I ...
Toyota has really outdone themselves with this one. This van has really spoiled me! It's comfortable, stylish and keeps my family safe with it's many safety features. No road noise, smooth ride and I dont have to pay for service for two years! We drove very minivan out there, this is the one, hands down!
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Second Sienna and cost cutting is getting obvious

by from NY State on March 5, 2014

I had a 2008 Sienna for 4 years and decided to move up to a 2012 SE model. The 2012 has been great but quality is definitely starting to slip. The interior plastics mark and scratch easily and squeaki...
I had a 2008 Sienna for 4 years and decided to move up to a 2012 SE model. The 2012 has been great but quality is definitely starting to slip. The interior plastics mark and scratch easily and squeaking from the rear seats when unoccupied is getting annoying. Today, at 25,000 miles my dealer tells me both front shocks are finished and need to be replaced (under warranty luckily). I live in suburbia, how this happens is beyond me. The switches for the sunroof and passenger window stick and need a couple tries to get them to work. For a 2 year old car worth over $30,000 I expected alot more. The kicker is my base model VW Golf has standard heated seats, not even an option with this van. In Canada, it makes a difference. My advice, check out a Honda Odyssey before the Sienna. I wish I did.
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have to admit.... it's nice

by from northern ohio on May 19, 2012

We looked at minivans for awhile before we decided on the sienna. We bought a new SE model, and i have to admit i do like it. The seats could be a little more comfortable, other than that a great vehi...
We looked at minivans for awhile before we decided on the sienna. We bought a new SE model, and i have to admit i do like it. The seats could be a little more comfortable, other than that a great vehicle. I do wish there were more options for a dark interior, with three kids it was a must. We traded in a chevy uplander, no comparison period!!! Toyota has definitely made a new fan.
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This is a Super Vehicle Ride and Quality

by from Roseville CA on June 3, 2016

I bought my 2012 Sienna XLE new. I've owned it since 8/2012 to present. I have driven it about 31,000 miles in that time. I pull my 16 foot Lund boat with no problems with it. My Sienna can carry 8 pa...
I bought my 2012 Sienna XLE new. I've owned it since 8/2012 to present. I have driven it about 31,000 miles in that time. I pull my 16 foot Lund boat with no problems with it. My Sienna can carry 8 passengers. Gas mileage 18 city and 24 highway that is really what I get. It has all the bells and whistles and a super easy Nav system that is a must to have. Tires were Firestone and I'll get about 35,000 miles on the set. Zero mechanical problems I follow the mfg. maint. schedule oil and filter change around $75 - $100 in CA. 30,000 ran about $300. Love the car and it is great for a young family with children. Hope this helps.
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Not a Toyota my father owned

by from New Jersey on May 17, 2016

2012 Sienna XLE AWD The wheels started to make "funny noise" at 11k. Dealer made me suffer for additional 20k initially saying that it was a wind noise. It was a bad wheel bearing and they replaced a...
2012 Sienna XLE AWD The wheels started to make "funny noise" at 11k. Dealer made me suffer for additional 20k initially saying that it was a wind noise. It was a bad wheel bearing and they replaced at 31k. Water pump also had to be replaced at 31k. Now at 37k, the funny noise came back (different wheel). Other than that... engine runs great and transmission shifts nicely. Here are few things that annoys me but I decided to just deal... If you hit a bump, there is a clicking noise coming from the third row. Very loud cabin noise. Not sure if it is the run flat tires or bad insulation. We drive conservatively, mixed 50/50 local and highway. I never gotten more than 19mpg. We avg between 16-18 Camry was a family car growing up. My father had great experience with it during 15 years of ownership. Wish I had the same type of experience as I will trade it in before the warranty expires.
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sienns forever

by from havelock nc on December 27, 2011

This is an excellent mini-van in every way. It drives and rides like a dream. I love the transmission because you can shift and select the gears with ease. We have grandchildren and it is so much easi...
This is an excellent mini-van in every way. It drives and rides like a dream. I love the transmission because you can shift and select the gears with ease. We have grandchildren and it is so much easier to put them in and out now with the wide sliding doors.
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