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2009 LA Auto Show: Toyota Gives Four-Cylinder Option and More To All-New 2011 Sienna

Rory Jurnecka
Dec 2, 2009
Toyota exposed its third-generation 2011 Toyota Sienna to the world today at the LA Auto Show and announced that it will be available with a four-cylinder engine when it hits showrooms in February. But while one end of the Sienna spectrum represents value and economy, the opposite end still features V-6 power and a push to make the Sienna's cabin an extension of the buyer's living room.
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With sheet metal designed in California and engineering developed in Michigan, the 2011 Sienna was clearly developed in America for Americans. Despite a shrinking market segment, Toyota says that the minivan is still a viable model and expects that its new Sienna will attract buyers who may not currently be fans of the segment. A new four-cylinder engine - a 187-hp 2.7L unit plucked straight from the Venza - will be offered as standard on the lower-range Sienna models, while the venerable 3.5L V-6 with 266 hp will continue to offered to those seeking more scoot.
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A bevy of brand-new tech and luxury features are optionally available, including a 16.4-in. Dual View widescreen monitor that allows two separate input sources to be displayed at once, second-row captain's chairs with built in ottomans ('Lounge Seating', as Toyota refers to it), and a three-zone climate control system. A Panorama Camera rear view system also makes its debut on the Sienna, using two separate cameras to give the driver a complete 180-degree view from behind the vehicle.
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The 2011 Sienna is offered in a total of five trim levels - Sienna grade, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. All-wheel drive is optionally available with the V-6 engine on the LE, XLE, and Limited models, while the four-cylinder motor is available on Sienna grade and LE models. The SE model is offered for those who'd rather have a sports car than a minivan, and features a more aggressive front valence, side skirts, 19-in. wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and smoked taillights.
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Pricing has not yet been announced, but we expect to get the full skinny as we approach the 2011 Toyota Sienna's February on-sale date.

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