First Look: 2009 Toyota Sienna

More of the Same for Toyota's Well-Regarded Minivan

Oct 9, 2008
Photo 2/6   |   2009 Toyota Sienna front Three Quarters View
There wasn't much to complain about when it came to the 2007 Toyota Sienna. Cargo space was plentiful, fuel economy was fairly strong, and available all-wheel drive gave it the edge over the competition. Not surprisingly, Toyota didn't change the formula much for the 2009 Sienna. The only major additions are optional 17-in. wheels and standard dynamic cruise control for the XLE trim.
Available in seven-passenger (CE, LE, XLE, and Limited) or eight-passenger (CE and LE) configurations, the Sienna offers 43.6 cu ft of cargo space behind the third row. With that row folded, 94.5 cu ft is available for storage, 9.7 cu ft more than what the Nissan Quest offers, 11.8 cu ft more than the Chrysler Town & Country, and 3.4 cu ft more than the Honda Odyssey.
Photo 3/6   |   2009 Toyota Sienna front Three Quarters View
The Sienna is the only minivan in class to offer an all-wheel-drive option. Available on LE, XLE, and Limited trims, the system employs a center differential to distribute torque 50/50 front and rear and varies in cost between models: $3170 for the LE, $2760 for the XLE, $2760, and $2200 for the Limited.
Underhood is Toyota's 3.5L DOHC V-6 that -- with the help of variable valve timing -- produces 265 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed transmission, the powertrain is good for 17/23 mpg city/highway. Opt for all-wheel drive, and the added drivetrain mass drops mileage to 16/21 mpg city/highway. This mileage puts the Sienna right in the middle of the competition: Nissan's Quest returns 16/24 while Chrysler's Town & Country and Honda's Odyssey get 16/23 and 17/25, depending on the trim level.
With power windows and doorlocks, keyless entry, a six-speaker audio system, and no fewer than 14 cupholders, the base CE model is no stripper. Safety features include seat-mounted side and three-row curtain airbags standard, as well as standard stability and traction control. Jump up three trims to XLE, and you'll find a dynamic cruise control system standard. The system employs a laser to detect traffic ahead and to monitor speed. If a vehicle in front slows down, the ECU is notified and reduces speed by applying the brakes. The Sienna will slow to 25 mph at which point the system shuts off.
Photo 4/6   |   2009 Toyota Sienna rear Three Quarters View
Pricing remains the same from 2008, which saw a $100 increase over the previous year. The CE starts at $25,285, which undercuts the Odyssey and Quest by $1640 and $1485, respectively, while the Town & Country -- at $1100 less than the base Sienna -- is the least expensive of the group. The Limited-trim seven-passenger Sienna starts at $40,600 and comes equipped with all-wheel drive, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, a DVD-based navigation system, backup camera, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
When looking at the numbers, Toyota's Sienna is clearly a strong player in the minivan segment. And those who enjoyed the practicality, economy, and utility of last year's edition can expect more of the same for 2009.
Photo 5/6   |   2009 Toyota Sienna interior View
Photo 6/6   |   2009 Toyota Sienna interior View

2009 Toyota Sienna
Base Price $25,285-$40,600
Vehicle layout Front engine, FWD and AWD, 7-8-pass, 5-door minivan
Engine 3.5L/265-hp/245-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Curb weight (dist f/r) 4,270-4,545 lbs (mfr)
Wheelbase 119.3 in
Length x width x height 201 x 77.4 x 68.9 in
Headroom, f/m/r 39.5-42.0/38.6-40.2/38.1 in
Legroom, f/m/r 42.9/39.6/39.5 in
Shoulder room, f/m/r 63.8/64.9/61.1 in
Cargo vol behind f/m/r 43.6 cu.ft
EPA City/Hwy Econ 16-17/21-23 mpg
CO2 Emissions 1.01-1.04 lb/mile
Below is the official press release from Toyota for the 2009 Toyota Sienna.
TOYOTA SIENNA - A REPUTATION FOR FAMILY COMFORT AND UTILITY
The Toyota Sienna continues to be one of the most comfortable and utility-oriented family vans in its segment. It offers the only all-wheel drive (AWD) option among family vans on the market. For 2009, the Sienna gains optional 17-inch alloy wheels and additional option package changes for the LE model.
Performance
The Sienna's standard DOHC 3.5-liter V6 produces 266 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 245 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm. A Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) system operates on both the intake and exhaust valves to ensure optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds. The V6 is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Impressive acceleration gives Sienna the power to merge with confidence. The Sienna returns EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy ratings of 17/23 MPG for front-wheel-drive models and 16/21 MPG for AWD models.
Handling and Ride
A 119.3-inch wheelbase gives Sienna exceptional interior room and a smooth ride. The 36.8-foot turning circle is tighter than that of some midsize cars, helping to make the Sienna easily maneuverable. The AWD system employs a center differential to divide engine power 50:50 front and rear. Wheel slippage at either set of wheels automatically transfers more power to the opposite wheels to help maintain traction.
Since the integration of Toyota's STAR Safety System for the 2007 Sienna, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC) and rear disc brakes remain standard on all models. VSC helps the driver maintain control in adverse driving conditions, and the TRAC feature helps reduce tire slippage during acceleration.
Sienna AWD models come standard with 17-inch run-flat tires on aluminum-alloy wheels. Reinforced sidewalls and a special bead shape enable these tires to be driven with no air pressure for up to 100 miles at speeds up to 55 mph. A spare tire is also available. A direct-type tire pressure monitor system is standard on all Sienna models.
Safety
Sienna has been engineered to provide responsive, confident handling, and all models feature a standard anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The Brake Assist feature is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking and has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the ABS, the system applies maximum braking power until pedal pressure is released.
All seating positions are equipped with three-point seatbelts. Front seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags covering all three seat rows are standard equipment on all Sienna grades. The LATCH system (Lower Anchor with Tethers for Children) is used in all second-row seating positions.
An available DVD-based satellite navigation system for XLE and Limited models includes a backup camera. The camera automatically projects an image of what its lens can detect behind the vehicle onto the navigation system's LCD screen when reverse gear is engaged.
Comfort and Convenience
The wide choice of model grades, combined with extensive standard equipment and thoughtful features, makes Sienna a truly outstanding value. The Sienna is available in four model grades: CE, LE, XLE, and the top-of-the-line Limited. All four come in front-wheel drive configuration, and the LE, XLE, and Limited also offer AWD. The CE and LE are available in both seven- and eight-passenger configurations; others are seven-passenger models.
Sienna delivers a wide range of standard amenities. The XLE and Limited models respond to the growing demand for even higher levels of comfort and luxury in the minivan segment, with the Limited adding standard leather-trimmed upholstery, a 10-speaker premium sound system, heated front seats and other features.
Standard equipment on the CE includes power windows, door locks and mirrors; sliding rear doors with power windows; second-row captains chairs; keyless entry system, and deluxe AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. A universal mini-jack port standard on all audio systems allows connectivity to most portable music players.
Comfort, convenience and versatility are assured with a standard tilt/telescopic steering column; dual (front and rear) air conditioning; a folding tray table between the front seats; variable intermittent front and rear windshield wipers; 10 cup holders and four bottle holders; three 12-volt power outlets, and a heavy-duty rear window defogger.
In addition to, or in place of features on the CE grade, standard equipment for the LE includes an engine immobilizer; heated power mirrors; roof rails and crossbars; privacy glass; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; cruise control; driver's side power window with auto up/down and jam protection; driver's seat manual-adjustable lumbar support; illuminated vanity mirrors; unique LE seat fabric; a fold-flat front passenger seat, and a six-disc CD changer.
The XLE grade adds a host of comfort and convenience features, including dual power sliding doors and power open/close rear gate; tri-zone (driver/front passenger and rear) climate control with air filter; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat; removable center console, and unique seat fabric. An overhead console features a trip computer, outside temperature gauge and HomeLink(r) universal transceiver/garage door opener. The XLE also offers a standard anti-theft alarm and available leather-trimmed seats and fog lamps.
A memory system for the driver's seat and outside mirrors is standard on the Limited grade and optional for the XLE. The Limited's power-folding mirrors integrate puddle lamps and turn signals. Enhanced audio options include a JBL Synthesis 360-watt AM/FM//CD player with six-disc changer and ten speakers.
The top-of-the-line Limited brings a true feeling of luxury to this family vehicle. The comprehensive upgrade adds: leather-trimmed seats; second- and third-row sunshades; 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with 225/60 R17 all-season tires (run-flats with AWD); front and rear parking sonar; wood grain and leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls; JBL Synthesis AM/FM/CD with six-disc changer and 10-speaker surround sound audio system; heated front seats with adjustable temperature control; chrome exterior accents; windshield wiper de-icer grid, and auto-dimming driver's side mirror and inside rear view mirrors.
Options
A wide selection of optional convenience features enhances Sienna's versatility and comfort. Some of these include a DVD rear seat entertainment system with wireless headphones and nine-inch screen; navigation system with backup camera; 115-volt power outlets; second- and third-row sunshades, and a JBL Synthesis AM/FM/CD with six-disc changer and 10-speaker surround sound audio system. The JBL Synthesis audio system integrates Bluetooth(r) technology to provide a hands-free communication system when used with a compatible cellular phone. A call can be dialed by using the navigation display screen's keypad, and incoming calls can be answered and ended by pushing a button located on the steering wheel. When receiving a call, the audio system is automatically muted, and the speakers act as the phone receiver and transmitter.
Interior Design
Sienna delivers exceptional passenger and cargo room, with a focus on intelligent space optimization. The dashboard-mounted gated shifter allows pass-through room between the front seats. Sienna offers two distinctly different second-row seating options that are easy to adjust, tumble, or remove. In its seven-passenger configuration, Sienna features second-row captains chairs with a passenger-side chair that can be repositioned side-to-side, offering either a bench or a "captain's chairs" arrangement.
The CE and LE grades offer an eight-passenger configuration. A second-row, three-way split/folding bench includes a Front and Center(r) middle seat that can be moved nearly 13 inches closer to the front seats, making infants and toddlers in child-seats more accessible to the front passenger.
All Sienna models are equipped with a standard versatile 60/40 Split & Stow 3rd Row(tm) bench seat that folds flat into the floor. Either side of the seat can be stowed separately with a low-effort, one-hand operation. With the entire rear seat stowed and the second-row seats removed, four-by-eight-foot sheets of plywood can be loaded flat onto the floor. The Limited FWD model offers a power-operated third-row version that makes switching from carrying passengers to cargo even easier. Sienna is assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) in Princeton, Ind., with more than 90 percent of its content sourced from North American suppliers. Both the engine and the transmission are assembled at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing powertrain production facility in West Virginia.

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