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Our Expert Review: 2013 Toyota Sienna

Excellent Engineering

by from Chicagoland on January 3, 2013

Overall, Sienna is a well designed minivan. It's great for families with little ones or even adults. The ability to quickly and easily enter and exit are superior to even large SUV's...which I love al...
Overall, Sienna is a well designed minivan. It's great for families with little ones or even adults. The ability to quickly and easily enter and exit are superior to even large SUV's...which I love also by the way. This Sienna is very nimble and easy to park...it has a great turning radius. The engine has good power and shifts smoothly. The smart key and push button door openings are tremendously convenient. The only negatives are that the steering is a little numb in the XLE during highway driving. I would recommend getting the SE version. The XLE isn't quite as easily to maneuver on the highways or at higher speeds....the confidence isn't there. It isn't a sedan but I think the electric power steering needs to be tighter, like in the SE. I purchased the XLE simply because there wasn't a leather option available in the SE that also included the Navigation package. Also, the drivers left foot is affected by the firewall of the left front wheel. It needs to be pushed forward out the way about 4 to 6 inches. Also, the navigation system/radio ergonomics needs to be redone...it's lazy engineering. The old simple way with at least a few dials for important functions like fan speed and radio tuning need to be put back. Simplicity and easy of operation of the navigation/etune/radio system is it's biggest weakness in my option. Otherwise, the 2013 Sienna is another example of Toyotas superior engineering...the best v-6 and transmission on the planet...lower friction, better materials and components and overall superior execution in these critical areas makes this a good buy.
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OK

by from Michigan on December 26, 2013

We had a Ford Winstar until the deer decided to run out in front of us.... So repalced with a Sienna, We liked this van much better than the Town And Countrys we were looking at. But then it snowed......
We had a Ford Winstar until the deer decided to run out in front of us.... So repalced with a Sienna, We liked this van much better than the Town And Countrys we were looking at. But then it snowed.... ALOT and we are having a hard time gettin up hills and going thru the snow. The traction control light just blinks and the wheels spin. The tires are in very good condition. It took 3 tries to get up a hill the other evening. Had to get a running start and don't take your foot off the gas. Our Ford never had a hard time with this hill or going thru the snow. This is a big Dislike. Living in Michigan we need something that we can transport the family in safety especially during the the Michigan winters. Other than that the van rides very nice and the seats are comfortable.
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My SUV. Sport Utility Van!

by from Pittsburgh, Pa on November 15, 2012

I had been spinning my wheels trying to decide what vehicle was best for our family with two kids. Came down to the Honda CRV, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Highlander, or Toyota Sienna. I felt I only needed/...
I had been spinning my wheels trying to decide what vehicle was best for our family with two kids. Came down to the Honda CRV, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Highlander, or Toyota Sienna. I felt I only needed/wanted front wheel drive even though I live in the northeast. And I wanted cloth seats for the comfort. I was leaning towards the Odyssey and may have bought one if I went shopping on a different day,(I almost did buy one). But I had read some reviews about brake wear issues, steering feel, loudness of the ac motor at idle, premature wear of the cloth seats, and road noise of the Odyssey. I drove them both and bought the Toyota Sienna LE. What I like about the Sienna is, plenty of power, ability to manually downshift (to save wear on the brakes), as I live where it's hilly, smooth, quite ride, sliding second row seats, Eco light that helps me drive without being a lead foot, included roof rails and cross bars, perceived quality (my wife has a 2006 Camry, and it's been a problem free car), the back up camera, USB port, power sliding doors, hidden sliding door rails and rear wiper, and all the room inside. There are a few things I wish for though. I wish the console in between the two front seats was sliding so you could slide it in between the two second row seats, (there are no cup holders/try within reach of kids in car seats in the second row. The cloth seats are very light colored and although look great, seem like they will soil easy. An old style radio antenna up front. And it's hard to judge where your bumper is up front when pulling into a parking spot that has a curb or something in front of it. And the best part, as a guy, I can still say I drive an SUV. A Sport Utility Van. ; ) And so far, we really like it!
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My Last Toyota

by from 60175 on September 11, 2013

We had a 2006 Sienna XLE with the entertainment package when we decided to buy a new 2013 Sienna XLE w/o the entertainment pkg in January 2013. After 1 month we were very disappointed. Toyota totally ...
We had a 2006 Sienna XLE with the entertainment package when we decided to buy a new 2013 Sienna XLE w/o the entertainment pkg in January 2013. After 1 month we were very disappointed. Toyota totally redesigned the interior for the worst. The leather looks and feels cheap, the space between the door and driver's seat is so narrow it is impossible to reach down into the door compartment, the 3rd row back seats are cumbersome and difficult to fold & stow, (something I could do while standing outside of the van now I have to climb in and use a lot of force.), the bottom cushion of the rear seas jut upward and make for an uncomfortable ride especially for a child in a car seat, the backseat headrests sit so high up they create horrible visibility issue, the USB cable outlet is way under the console so you have to risk a neck cramp to plug-in, bluetooth cannot be on for both phone and streaming, you have to toggle back and forth, the seat hooks behind the driver are so high up they cannot be used and the last two are the real disappointments. First, the van has an antenna. I felt like we stepped back into the 90's. An antenna! It would be a little easier to swallow if local radio channels would come in, but they don't. Toyota said they could look at the antenna for $50.00! Let me mention the car is still under warrant y plus we bought a service plan for the life of the lease. How disappointing. Lastly, there is a rattle coming from the back seat. I took a service tech on a drive to hear the rattle and was told Toyota was aware of the problem but they didn't have a fix for it yet! I found a quick fix on the internet but I'm at a loss with the antenna. Perhaps I will pursue it with Toyota. There are some great vans out there and I'm sad to say this is not one.
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Does not recommend this car

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2013 Sienna replaces Sequoia

by from Mullica Hill, NJ on October 17, 2013

Traded my 2008 Sequoia Platinum edition in for new 2013 Sienna Limited. The Sienna is a totally different vehicle with more cargo space and much easier to step in and out of. Had 49,000 miles of caref...
Traded my 2008 Sequoia Platinum edition in for new 2013 Sienna Limited. The Sienna is a totally different vehicle with more cargo space and much easier to step in and out of. Had 49,000 miles of carefree driving in the Sequoia, was the best SUV we ever owned. But the family needed a more accessible vehicle. After one month and 840 miles of driving we have made an excellent choice. Ride, handling, interior cargo space and many quality appointments have made us very satisfied with this choice. And talking with a few Sienna owners prior to this purchase verified that this is a great van. Zero negatives from anyone, they all stated that they would buy another if necessary. Have purchased 9 new Toyota's since 2002 , expect the same reliability from this one. And the run flat tires are standard on this AWD van, another nice feature. Can drive home then call AAA.
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This car eats rear brakes

by from Grand Rapids MI on May 23, 2014

I own a 2010 Sienna with 78K miles. I am now on my third set of rear pads and rotors. Know three other Sienna owners with the same problem , one a 2012 model. Toyota claims there is no problem. Will n...
I own a 2010 Sienna with 78K miles. I am now on my third set of rear pads and rotors. Know three other Sienna owners with the same problem , one a 2012 model. Toyota claims there is no problem. Will not buy another Sienna. Can,t afford $500.00 a year on brakes.
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Buyer Be Aware

by from Cleveland, OH on June 9, 2014

Loud squeaky noise in cabin of all the Sienna's. Toyota is aware of and will do nothing about. Car performance is good, just can't get pasted the noise. Can't believe a big manufacturer doesn't know h...
Loud squeaky noise in cabin of all the Sienna's. Toyota is aware of and will do nothing about. Car performance is good, just can't get pasted the noise. Can't believe a big manufacturer doesn't know how to fix the problem.
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Does not recommend this car

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Dependable and flexible

by from Denver on January 5, 2013

Very useful car. Comfortable to drive, yet able to haul people and things easily. Dependable with a great repair record.
Very useful car. Comfortable to drive, yet able to haul people and things easily. Dependable with a great repair record.
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never sit in the very back seats EVER!

by from washington on November 20, 2013

Love the car, very nice interior design, with one catch, the very back seats are horrible. Headrests need redesigning heated seats are a must in this car if i need a minivan will buy another. Wish it ...
Love the car, very nice interior design, with one catch, the very back seats are horrible. Headrests need redesigning heated seats are a must in this car if i need a minivan will buy another. Wish it will be a hybrid though.
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Just plain fantastic!

by from Palm Springs CA. on August 18, 2013

After receiving a Dodge van as a gift we gave our 4th Nissan Maxima to our son and wife, Now with two boys they could use the van. We gifted it. Drove 8-10 diff. brands, we decided we wanted another v...
After receiving a Dodge van as a gift we gave our 4th Nissan Maxima to our son and wife, Now with two boys they could use the van. We gifted it. Drove 8-10 diff. brands, we decided we wanted another van.The Sienna Limited is large inside and has EVERYTHING one could want and is comfy. We plan to travel and two days after the purchase we headed out on a 2500 mile trip. Mileage is 19-23 so far, lots of power and plush. No problems or complaints. Drive one you'll love it.
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